The release is coming a little earlier than usual: last year’s Android 12 arrived in October, and Android 11 arrived in September 2020.
But Android 13 is now coming to Pixel devices, bringing with it a host of new changes.
The most obvious changes are cosmetic, with a new look that allows third-party devices to match the phone’s design and a new look and feel for certain apps such as the music and podcast app.
Many other features align Android with the Apple ecosystem. Different devices will now work better together, for example, with support for sharing messages or copying and pasting between phones and laptops.
It also adds new privacy controls, so apps can only see the information users choose to share with them. Apps can no longer see a person’s full camera roll, for example, and will try to prevent developers from extracting personal information from the clipboard.
The update is now released on the Pixel 4, 5 and 6. It will arrive as an over-the-air update – and should be available immediately, although this may depend on the phone network or carrier you are on. find.
The update will roll out “later this year” to other devices from “Samsung Galaxy, Asus, HMD (Nokia phones), iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, vivo, Xiaomi and more,” Google said. Neither Google nor these manufacturers have given more specific information on when it might arrive.