Android 13 arrives today

A few days before the arrival of iOS 16 on the iPhone, Google is opening the ball for updates with Android 13.

Android 13 is here. The new major update to Google’s operating system has just arrived on the brand’s Pixel phones. Used by a very large part of the industry, Android is the reference operating system for smartphones (except iPhones).

If Apple has not yet presented iOS16 in its final version – which should be soon – the Android teams are therefore a few days ahead of those of Apple and have just released Android 13.

Today the update is only available on Google devices (from Pixel 4 to 6a) but the firm assures that a “massive” deployment will take place “before the end of the year” on devices at how much more popular like the Samsung Galaxy and other mid-range phones (for those who will be eligible for the upgrade).

Android 13: changes (too) not very visible

If Android 12 had marked a real change in the user experience, reviewing in depth the functionalities of the OS, the novelties of Android 13 are more discreet.

One of the most visible features is finally the arrival of “Material You”. It allows third-party applications to adapt to the user’s choices. If it requires a little work for the developers, this functionality is destined to extend to many applications in the coming weeks.

But Android 13 is also interested in data privacy. Long criticized for its use of the latter, Google is trying to clean up its image and give the keys to the user. In order not to share its entire photo library with third-party applications, it is now possible to select a few images that will be transferred to the application servers.

Present on the iPhone for some time, this feature will therefore make its arrival on Android devices.

Android 13 hits tablets

Another notable new feature with Android 13 is support for tablets. Unlike Apple, which offers two different OS for its iPhone and iPad, Google gives the same base to its customers for both smartphones and tablets.

If the overlays of the manufacturers make it possible to correct several defects of Android, the new version of the operating system will better take into account the tablets and in particular the stylus. Google explains that it wants to reduce “accidents” where a tablet is turned on unintentionally.

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