[Updated] Update Tracker for Android 13: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

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The original story (published August 3, 2021) follows:

Every year Google spoils us with an updated version of its popular smartphone operating system – Android. After Android 12 went public in September, news and rumors about what to expect in Android 13 should increase.

But even at a time when Android 12 is still in beta, we already have some details on what to expect when the successor hits the ground.

Of course, we both know that the first build of Android 13 won’t be out until the first quarter of 2022, so there’s plenty of time to speculate. But not everything in this article is speculation.

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For example, it is known that the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, as well as the newer Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, are eligible for this update thanks to Google’s longer software support window.

We’ve also known for a while that LG plans to bring Android 13 update to some of its devices, at least those that have been cutting it off in the past few days.

Vivo X60 series owners can also count on Android 13 to hit the market. Of course, there are plenty of Samsung devices in line for this update as well, but that’s a story for another day.

In this article, we’re going to focus more on what Google wants to put right into Android 13. We have already highlighted the potential plans to deliver Neural Networks API (NNAPI) updates through Google Play Services running Android 13.

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In addition, XDA developers recently revealed something even more interesting. Sure, Google has stopped using desserts to publicly identify different operating system versions with Android 9 Pie. But this practice lives on in the house.

The current Android 12 “S”, for example, is internally referred to as Snow Cone. Apparently, Android 13 “T” is code-named Tiramisu, a coffee-flavored dessert that comes from the home of the UEFA EURO 2020 champions.

Upon further research, the same XDA folks also found that Google Pixel devices eligible with Android 13 may allow secondary profiles for NFC payments.

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Multi-user support has been lacking the option of configuring NFC payments on secondary profiles for some time. According to the report, this will change with the Android 13 update.

But as already mentioned, there is still a long time between now and the official release of Android T, so a lot may change before the stable version is released.

On the other hand, we will closely follow all developments in this regard and update this article accordingly as we come across new and interesting things. Stay tuned.

Update 1 (August 26th)

IS 12:14 PM: New reports now suggest that Google plans to expand support for UWB on the Pixel 6 for Android 13 (Android T). This emerges from a recent comment by Google to AOSP.

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Update 2 (September 25th)

IS 11:31 am: The people from XDA sighted a code change in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) that suggests that Google will add DNS over HTTPS support in Android 13.

Update 3 (December 14th)

IS 3:18 pm: Google reportedly sent a patch to AOSP that added an option to turn off phantom process monitoring.

This means that Google will likely allow users to toggle the Phantom Process Killer on and off in Android 13. More on this here.

Update 4 (December 23rd)

IS 01:09 PM: New reports are now suggesting that Android 13 may just be the first version to fully support Bluetooth LE Audio.

Android 13 Bluetooth LE
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Update 5 (December 24th)

IST 09:02 am: XDA came out to give us an exclusive first look at Android 13, which is apparently codenamed “Tiramisu”.

Some of the expected features of Android 13 include:

– Runtime authorization for notifications
– TARE: The Android resource economy
– New lock screen clock layouts
– Support for individual app languages
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Update 6 (December 29th)

IS 11:23 am: Android 13 is still quite a long way to go, but development is quite active and now, according to the head of Google’s Near team, Android 13 will decouple WiFi scanning from location.

Android 13 WiFi location scanning
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Update 7 (January 11th)

IS 12:02 PM: The latest development on the upcoming Android 13 suggests that Google is working on a feature called “Tap to Transfer”.

And while it is not known how this feature will work, we do know that it will display chip notifications with some useful information when a user is playing media on a local media cast sender device. More on this here.

Google is also reportedly working on adding a QR scanner shortcut to the lock screen. A QR code toggle will appear in the quick access settings. For more information, head here.

Finally the Reports also claim that Google will give the edition selection a new look in the Android 13 update. For those who don’t know, the output picker is the one that has audio controls and is a button in the upper right corner.

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