After months in the beta stage, Android 13 is coming out today. It’s an early launch as it was expected to go live next month.
Google has pushed Android 13 to the Android Open Source Project(AOSP) so that OEMs can tinker with it and customize it to suit their respective UIs.
Android 13 is coming with new features including:
- New Material You colour schemes and new cinematic wallpapers.
- Opt-in notifications.
- QR code scanner in the quick settings toggle
- Android 13 will warn you of crooked apps that cause background battery drain.
- UWB(Ultra-wideband) support is coming to Android 13
- Full support for Bluetooth Low Energy(LE) audio
- A new look for the output picker and media player.
- The option to make the lock screen clock more subtle
- Improved clipboard management
- Predictive back gestures
- 7-day view on the Privacy Dashboard
In the announcement Google shared which OEMs will have Android 13 on their newer devices including Xiaomi, vivo, TECNO, OPPO, Samsung, Realme, One Plus and more.
Granted, these companies were already in the Android 13 beta program.
Google is bringing Android 13 to all of its Pixel devices including the Pixel 4 to the Pixel 6a.
OnePlus’ OxygenOS 13 will roll out to the OnePlus 8 all the way to the OnePlus 10T. Its Nord devices are also set for the upgrade and include the Nord 2 to the Nord CE 2 Lite.
OPPO is set to launch ColorOS 13 later next week(August 18). Its flagships will get the update first including the Find X5 series and the foldable Find N. OPPO Reno 8 series will get the update in September followed by the Reno 7 series(4G and 5G), Reno 6 series and the Reno 5 series.
OneUI 5 is coming with Android 13 and Samsung is already running a beta program for the Galaxy S22 series. OneUI 5 will be available for the Z Fold series right from the original fold to the Z Fold 4 – this also includes the Z Flip series too right from the original Z Flip to the Z Flip 4 too.
Not to be forgotten is the Tab series and the devices in the list include the Tab S6 to the Tab S8 Ultra.
The company is set to launch the Xiaomi 13 in November and will reportedly launch MIUI 14 then.
Like Xiaomi, vivo is reportedly also planning to launch Funtouch OS 13 in November too. vivo smartphones launching in early 2023 will ship with Android 13-based FuntouchOS 13 straight out of the box.
vivo phones eligible for the update include the flagship X80 series to the X60 series plus the Vivo X Fold.
Like tradition, TECNO is part of Android 13 beta program with the Camon 19 5G. We won’t see a TECNO phone run Android 13 until early 2023. TECNO is promising to update the Camon 19 and Camon 19 Pro and probably the camon 20 series to Android 13 early next year.