Android 13 is here, but I’d rather call it Android 12 Enhanced

The bugs on the Google Pixel 6 series have not been fixed yet, and the new version of Android 13 has been officially announced to the public. It is like a 40-point question on the back of a primary school exam.

▲ Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6. Image from: Android Authority

It's no wonder that in the comment areas of some technology media such as The Verge and 9to5 Google, many Pixel 6 users are still urging Google to fix bugs quickly, instead of focusing on Android 13.

▲ Let’s fix the bug of Pixel 6. Image from: The Verge

However, the days still have to pass, and the new system still needs to be updated. At the same time as the Android 13 Developer Previews were pushed, Google has announced the Android 13 update plan.

The stable version of Android 13 will be released in August, if not pigeons, the Pixel 7 series and Google I/O 2022 will also meet us at this time.

▲ Android 13 paradigm system egg. Image from: 9to5Google

Compared with Android 12, which has dragged on for a whole year, I only hope that Android 13 will be on time and stable (specifically for Pixel devices).

In theory, the preview version of the system pushed to developers in February each year mainly updates APIs, behaviors and some new functions, and mainly tests application compatibility.

There are few stylistic changes such as new features and new appearances, which is one of the reasons why old Pixel 6 Pro users said "no changes" after refreshing the Pixel 6 Pro system.

If ordinary Pixel users want to try it out, they might as well wait for the Beta Release in April before making a decision.

Android 13 codename "Tiramisu"

When the Android system is updated for ten years, with the release of Android 10, Google no longer uses "desserts" to name the version number of the operating system, but uses numbers instead.

In the past, regarding the new Android system, it has become a tradition to guess the codename of the new version of "dessert", and Google is also secretive about the codename, which may also be a careful machine to keep the popularity.

▲ Android 13 codename "Tiramisu". Image from: XDA Forum

After upgrading to Android 13 DP1, in the system, Google frankly and generously showed the codename of "Tiramisu", which is enough to be regarded as a distinctive change of Android 13.

In addition, Google also shared an Android 13 update iteration schedule. From the table, Android 13 will have two developer preview versions, two beta versions, and two platform stable versions. The final full version will debut around August.

▲The new features in June should be basically confirmed. Image from: Google

After nearly half a year of iterations and incremental updates, Android 13 will be more complete and three-dimensional.

Goodbye Pixel 3 series

3 days ago, Google rolled out the last security update for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, and completely missed the new Android 13 system.

▲ Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL

The Android 13 DP1 released on the morning of February 11 also only supports the Pixel 4 series and subsequent models. It is foreseeable that when the final version of Android 13 is unveiled in August, many models of domestic manufacturers (mostly flagships) will also be updated and supported as soon as possible.

But it is worth noting that, similar to Android 12, domestic manufacturers may follow up with the bottom layer, API, etc. As for the new design language and new functions, they may not all follow up immediately.

After all, each manufacturer's focus on the system will still revolve around its own system features, such as MIUI, ColorOS, and Origin Ocean, which have become part of the ecological barriers.

Android 13 personalization is more open, privacy protection is deeper

The biggest change in Android 12 is deep personalization and protection of personal privacy. The former is the application of Material You's personalized design, and the latter is the settings of "Privacy Kanban" and "Privacy Instructions".

When it comes to Android 13 DP1, some of the more obvious changes are also around these two points.

Material You for third parties

Still maintain the style of Material You but will be more "open". In Android 12, the icons will follow the system wallpaper style changes, but they are limited to Google-based apps and are not open to third-party apps.

Also, Material You's interface style is also limited to Pixel phones on Android 12. After Android 13, Google is pushing to push these two "personalization" settings to third parties.

▲ Seller Show. Image from: Google

Third-party apps and non-Pixel phones may also adapt to the personalized style of Material You, but the premise depends on Google's ecological appeal and determination to adapt.

▲ Buyer Show (note that the third-party WeChat and Taobao will not change).

Based on this, after upgrading the Pixel 6 Pro to Android 13 DP1, the third-party app has not yet been adapted, and the main screen is still "garbled".

theme accent color

Android Authority found through the leaked code that in terms of theme tone style, subsequent Android 13 may provide four new palettes related to specific tones and complementary tones to expand more choices.

The Android 13 DP1 being pushed now is still similar to Android 12. It will provide four options similar to the wallpaper color system and four basic colors. More "personalized" expressions may have to wait for the subsequent Android 13 Beta version incremental update .

lock screen clock

In addition, for the lock screen clock, some small adjustments have been made to facilitate users to choose a single-line or dual-line clock layout. Android 13 DP1 The Pixel 6 Pro can maintain a single-line clock layout even without notifications.

▲ Left: Dual Line Clock, Center: Dual Line Clock Adjustment Options, Right: Single Line Clock

App language can be set individually

According to a report by Android Police, in subsequent updates, Android 13 will add a new feature to customize the language for each app individually, and even give this feature a codename of "Panlingual".

▲ App sets language options separately (it seems to be a new feature of Android 12L). Image from: XDA

This function will be separated from the system language, which is more suitable for some multilingual users.

true silent mode

When the silent mode is selected, all sounds including sound, vibration, etc. are disabled, resulting in a quieter experience.

▲ Pay attention to the tips.

Of course, there are three modes of sound, vibration, and silent in the Pixel. Such a setting can be regarded as a complete separation of silent and vibration modes.

It is worth noting that even with the Japanese version of Pixel 6 Pro in silent mode, the shutter sound of taking pictures still exists.

Support system image picker

Simply put, this feature is similar to iOS 14 setting the App to only access selected photos. To prevent apps from accessing and reading all albums at will.

▲ Picture from: Google

Similarly, the current Android 13 DP1 has not yet restricted the app, and it will still read all images when selecting images in WeChat, Taobao, and Google.

This privacy feature won’t be exclusive to Android 13, and Google plans to roll it out to Android 11 and Android 12 devices via an update to Google Play. (However, it seems to have to wait for the support and update of third-party apps?)

Stricter notification permissions

Android 13 adds a new runtime permission "POST_NOTIFICATIONS" for App notifications, users can freely choose the time and location of the notification, and even set it to "Remove permission when not in use". This restriction is similar to the permission settings for location, microphone, camera, application list.

▲ Picture from: androidcentral

Again, this feature may be brought in a subsequent update.

As mentioned above, the Android 13 DP1 being pushed now is mainly based on compatibility updates. There are not many new functions and new features, and even many new functions are still in the stage of drawing cakes.

Continue to remain open, many new features, such as the third-party adaptation of Material You, and some privacy designs require application developers or Google Play to limit them.

According to past experience, the final result of some new features may not be ideal, and ecological fragmentation will still trouble Android users.

The current Android 13 DP1 is more like an enhanced version of Android 12, or an enhanced version of Android 12.5 is more appropriate.

Android 13 and Android 12L are updated together, seems a bit messy?

When Android 13 DP1 was released, Android 12L Beta 3 was also released as scheduled. According to the comparison of XDA, some of the new features of the two are relatively similar.

Android 12L is actually developed for some devices with tablets and folding screens, but Google does not have hardware to match it, and relies more on third-party devices and emulators.

For pushing the official version of Android 12L to large-screen devices, Google's expectation is the first quarter of 2022. From the time point, Android 12L and Android 13 may be launched in two different timelines, not in parallel.

▲ Android 12L release timeline. Image from: Google

As the folding screen mobile phone gradually enters the right track, shipments continue to rise, and it has reached 5 million units in 2021, and the folding screen market is becoming more and more "mainstream".

▲ Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. Image from: Androidcentral

Most of the folding screens active in the market now run on the Android 11 system. Whether the subsequent upgrade is direct Android 12L or Android 12 and 13 seems to be a choice for manufacturers.

In recent years, Google has implemented projects such as Project Treble and Project Mainline to eliminate the "fragmentation" of the system and bring a more consistent experience to Android.

▲The long-rumored Pixel Fold.

But in the face of the big screen that is rising again, the slower Android 12L is creating "fragmentation" again, which is somewhat contrary to Google's original intention.

Perhaps similar to many manufacturers, the product line is divided into Pixel and Pixel FOLD, and the system is also divided into Android 13 and Android 12L, which will be one of Google's solutions to this "fragmentation".

But on the plus side, in Android 13 DP1, Google has gradually opened up the personalized style of Material You to third parties, rather than being limited to the Pixel with Tensor. Regardless of the final effect, this is a good momentum.

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