Here’s what we know about Android 13 so far

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forward Android 12Ls Android phone users get a taste of what could be some of the features coming to Android 13 “Tiramisu” next year. Based on this early look, the upgrade to Google’s mobile operating system could bring improvements to notifications, battery management, and the way apps handle different languages.

Before we take a deeper dive, these features were discovered by the people at XDA Developers citing a “source with access to a very early Android 13 build” who shared screenshots that the site says has a “very high level of trust”. That certainly sounds promising, but it means that each of these features will be between now and the official launch of Android 13, which is expected to be released publicly in September/October next year.

I also want to talk about the internal code name “Tiramisu”. Android used to name its OS after dessert-themed snacks, but stopped at Android 10 (perhaps because Quince Tart didn’t roll off the tongue). So while reference is made to the Italian coffee-flavored delicacy, the next version will almost certainly be called Android 13.

As for the new features, one of the most promising is a new notification runtime permission. That may not sound interesting, but it suggests that consent to pop-up prompts would become opt-in and no longer be granted automatically. We’re holding onto our excitement because this is just XDA’s best guess about a feature that, while visible in the settings, hasn’t been tested.

Another change that Google seems to be making with Android 13 is giving users the option to set languages ​​on a per-app basis instead of using a universal language set in the main settings. The feature can be useful for frequent travelers or people who speak multiple languages. The feature, called ‘Panlingual’, has been moved to a new setting called ‘App languages’ for the time being.

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We all struggle to keep our phones from turning off before we get to an outlet, so it’s encouraging to see Google trying to stop apps that use power from wasting your battery life. Android 13 could introduce something called “The Android Resource Economy”, where apps get credits based on a device’s battery level. This “currency” can be exchanged for performing certain tasks. Presumably, the closer a device is to failure, the less credits will be awarded to the apps.

And finally, Google seems to be playing with lockscreen clock so users can keep it on one line and avoid expanding it to two lines when there are no notifications, as it is now.

Android 13’s UI looks identical to the current one, although that’s to be expected given the OS hasn’t even entered its first developer preview yet, and no less the first of typically several betas. If history repeats itself (and more often than not), Android 13 will be announced early next year before going into beta in the spring and releasing to the public in early fall.

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