Android 13 Key Features Google Pixel App Colors Language Permission

Google has officially released Android 13. The new operating system will initially be available primarily for Google’s own Pixel line of devices and will make its way to phones from various brands over time, although how long it will take won’t be. is not known. Again. From now on, if you have a Pixel phone (4 and up) or signed up for other brands’ beta testing programs (many do), you can go ahead and get the latest version of the most popular smartphone mobile operating system. worldwide – according to consumer data platform Statista, Android runs on 87.4% of smartphones worldwide.

Android 13 represents a significant step forward for the operating system and comes with a number of new features and improvements, adding so much more to your smartphone experience. Among the bouquet of new features, here are the seven that are definitely worth trying (or waiting for, depending on the status of your Android update):

Different languages ​​for different applications

It’s by far our favorite feature of the latest version of Android, and it’s especially important for a country as diverse as India.

You can now have apps with different language settings, different from the default language chosen for your phone. So you could have English as the default language for your browser, but have your Notes app in French or any other supported language. This is a fantastic feature for those who know multiple languages ​​and feel comfortable performing different tasks in different languages.

A friend of ours, for example, is happiest reading in Hindi, emailing and tweeting in English, but enjoys taking notes in Marathi because he works in a Marathi publication. Android 13 is perfect for folks like these who wear a multilingual hat.

Apps should ask before sending notifications

One of the biggest headaches with Android is that many apps send notifications and alerts without asking your permission. The result is often a notification area full to bursting, or should we say filled with spam. Android 13 changes that.

Apps will now need your permission to send you notifications and will ask for your permission when you first run it after installing it. They won’t come with notifications allowed by default, and you won’t have to dig deep into the settings to turn them off.

Some might say this feature is a runoff from iOS, but who cares. It eliminates so much spam from our lives and gives the user more control over what they see on their devices.

Apps will need to ask specifically before accessing your media

In the past, if you wanted to share a photo or document on your phone with a particular app (like Instagram for example), the app would simply ask for permission to access your phone’s storage.

This is an incredibly general permission to grant to access a single file. With Android 13, apps will now have to specifically ask if they can access your photos, videos, and audio files whenever you want to share them. Much better than this global authorization!

Copy and paste just got easier

The clipboard feature on Android 13 is smarter and easier to use. In the past, you simply highlighted and copied the content, which was transferred to an invisible clipboard in the background, and pasted it elsewhere.

In Android 13, when you copy content, you get a small preview of it in the bottom corner of the screen (just like you get when you take a screenshot). You also get options on what to do with what you just copied and placed on the clipboard, such as pasting it into an email message, downloading it to the drive, putting it on Twitter, and more. You can also tap the preview to switch to text mode or a full-fledged editor and edit what you just copied.

Android 13 clears clipboard contents within an hour, protecting your privacy. It’s a researcher’s dream.

Convenient and fast QR code reading

One of the consequences of the pandemic has been the increased use of QR codes (well, in India, demonetization has also made them popular). Rare is the day that passes without us scanning at least one QR code, whether for information or to make a payment or any registration.

Scanning QR codes is a relatively simple task – you fire up your camera or a dedicated QR scanning app. Well, Pixel 13 makes QR code scanning even easier by placing a QR code scanner night in the notification area.

So all you have to do to scan a QR code is just swipe down from the top of your device and access the QR scanner. It even works on the lock screen. In addition, it works very efficiently and quickly. Super handy, indeed.

Music sound improved

Android 13 supports a new wireless audio standard called Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) audio. This results in better audio quality and will also allow you to stream audio to multiple devices while keeping battery consumption relatively low.

Gamers and binge-watchers will be pleased to know that BLE audio also results in lower latency, so there will be better synchronization between the sound in your ears and what you see on the phone screen.

Also on Android 13, support for spatial audio with head tracking lets you literally be surrounded by sound. Of course, a lot will depend on the hardware and devices you’re using, but Android 13 gives audio a definite push in the right direction.

App icons that blend in with the theme

This may be the first feature that many users will try with their Pixel 13 update. App icons will now have shades similar to the theme you are using on your Android device. So, for example, if you have a blue color theme, the app icons will also be blue in color.

It’s purely a matter of aesthetic appeal and at the time of writing it only works on Pixel devices and that too with apps whose developers support this feature, but when it works it really has the looks very cool. Android 13 also brings more color theme options, so you’ll be spoiled for choice.

(And one more thing) Android 13’s codename

Until Android 10, Google had a tradition of naming Android versions after desserts. So you had versions of Android named Cupcake, Froyo, Kitkat, Ice Cream Sandwich, etc., following alphabetical order. Google ended that tradition with Android 10, reverting to referring to the operating system by its version number in public.

However, it seems that the nomenclature for desserts remains very much in place internally at Google. The codename given to Android 13 was Tiramisu. And so far it seems to be as delicious as the dessert.

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