New Android 13 Features and Why You Should Upgrade

Android 13 upgrade: advantages and disadvantages
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Android 13 is finally available to download and install. It has many new features, like auto-theming icons, custom vibrations, upgraded security, notification permissions, and more. But is it worth upgrading? Will new updates help you to fix problems with the Android smartphone? We’ve asked Howly experts who deal with Android issues every day about this. In short, they are recommending upgrading the OS if your device has this option. We’ve gathered the ten most remarkable updates of Android 13 in one article.

Android 13: Name and Release

The Android team has the tradition of naming every system version in honor of some sweets. Android 13 is no exception to this rule. Its codename is “Tiramisu”.

The new version has considerable modifications with many changes, focusing on usability and customization. The final release was on August 15, 2022, for Pixel devices. But now you can install this OS on any suitable device.

Which Phones Will Highly Likely Upgrade to Android 13?

If you have a Pixel 4 or higher, you can change the OS version to the brand new one. It’s an official Google mobile phone brand, so it uses Pixels to showcase new features and optimization abilities. But if you have a phone from another manufacturer, it depends.

Cheap phones (up to $150) mostly don’t upgrade. Some middle and upper-middle-budget devices may upgrade to Android Tiramisu. If you have a flagship phone, you have a high chance of getting this upgrade. Stick to this path to find out if your phone is eligible for an upgrade: Settings → System → System Update.

Most Significant Improvements of Android 13

The system continues to explore Material You design, which allows users to fully customize the system without installing external mods and packages. Here are the 10 most significant design tweaks on Tiramisu.

More themes with increased customization

The new OS update brings you extended visual customization. After choosing the wallpaper, you can adjust the interface’s color with one of 6 themes. All of them use 3-4 primary colors of the main screen, but with a different hue with minor changes in shades:

  • Tonal Spot: it will repeat the 3 primary colors. It doesn’t have any color filter.
  • Vibrant: it adds a warm and bright tone to the interface.
  • Spritz: this theme will use the muffed grayish tint of primary colors.
  • Rainbow: bright theme for those who like luminous interface.
  • Expressive: the most vivid theme. It uses 2 basic shades and one complimentary contrast.
  • Fruit salad: looks like a mix of rainbow and expressive options. The bright and vivid theme is for people who like to stand out.

Auto-theming icons

When you change the theme, you will have 2 choices: use a default app icon or apply themed icons. Huawei, Xiaomi, and Samsung users have similar features. From now it’s a default feature of Android 13.

Upgraded QR-scanner

QR-code scanning has been a breakpoint for Android devices. Many manufacturers create their version of the operating system with a built-in easy QR scanner.

But from Android 13, all users will have a “quick launch” option. All they need to do is to visit the notification tray and launch the toggle. That’s it!

Bluetooth LE Audio support

Bluetooth audio suppor

Music fans will like this upgrade! Android 13 supports Bluetooth LE audio and Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC3). It will seriously enhance audio quality across wireless devices.

Bilingual language app settings

Android 13 has a fantastic element: a per-app language switch. It will be useful for those who are using multiple languages daily. Users can set languages for individual apps, separating them from the general system settings.

Additional clipboard features

When you try to cut or copy a text on Android 13, your eyes will catch a new alert box in the lower-left corner of the display. You will have a visual representation of what you have on the clipboard.

You can edit text on the clipboard if you click the pencil icon. So you don’t need to fear that you may accidentally send somebody valuable private information.

Private image picker

Android 13 has a lot of updates in security. A new image picker is one of the most outstanding ones.
Earlier, when you wanted to add multiple photos simultaneously on some app, you had to give access to all images on the device. But now the app will have access to only selected photos, while you can see your gallery in the image picker.

Notification permission

In previous Android versions, you are available to permit apps to access certain features (like camera, internal storage, etc.). But now you can do the same with notifications without any third-party app.

When you launch a freshly installed app, the phone will ask you if it can send you notifications. Choose a preferable option for you.

Granular media permission

Earlier, if you allowed the app to use media, it could access all media on your device. That means that the photo-sharing app has permission to access audio even though it doesn’t need that in its work. But from Android 13, there will be 3 different permissions.

  • IMAGE — for photos and other static images.
  • VIDEO — for videos and dynamic images (GIF and other animation).
  • Audio — for the music on other audio files (MIDI, FLAC, M4A, etc.).

Fast Pair

This tool will be helpful to those who often pair wireless devices with the phone. Instead of manually syncing them, your phone will alert you when it finds a device in pair mode. All you need to do is to confirm the sync on the phone.

Summing Up

The New Android version is worth the update! But beware that there are only a few smartphones that support Tiramisu. It’s primarily middle and upper-middle-class devices made in 2021 and later.
You will have upgraded security, personalization in design, permissions, and notifications. Beware that it could be hard to roll back to Android 12: you need to use an external tool for it.

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