After the release of Android 12 in 2021, followed by the subsequent releases of Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, we are already wondering what the next version of Android will bring.
Since its debut in 2008, Android has always brought a major feature with each new version. But with Android 13, codenamed Tiramisu, it could be the perfect time for Google to refine what already exists in the millions of Android smartphones around the world.
We’ve combed through our Pixels, OnePlus, and other Android phones to pull together five features we’d like to see come to Android 13 later this year, whether major or minor.
But first, we’ll tell you when we expect it to land and which Android phones are likely to be supported.
Android 13 release date rumors
A new version of Android usually appears for developers in February. This gives developers an idea of what should appear in the fall of this year, giving them an idea of what they could implement for future versions of their apps.
A consumer version is usually announced at Google I/O in June, followed by a public beta and then a shipping version around October, when we expect Android 13 to arrive this year. .
Phones compatible with Android 13
Android has a reputation for not making it easy to update your phone to the latest version. This is partly due to different manufacturers on how they designed Android to match a brand, such as Samsung.
But with Google releasing a new Pixel phone every year, these usually come with the latest version of Android. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a Pixel 7 or Pixel Fold reappear with Android 13 in October to begin with.
Other manufacturers usually follow after a few months of testing and put their own spin on the new version of Android, but that’s usually not until the first half of next year.
what we want to see
Android 13 is still a bit far off, so we’ve put together a list of improvements we want to see from next-gen software.
1. UI fixes
While Material You presents a fresh new look for Android, it’s not without its flaws. Some buttons confuse users when a feature is activated. For example, if you go to “Internet” in Notification Center, you need to tap that icon again to switch between mobile data, Wi-Fi, and hotspot. It looks complicated and there is no option to make these three options a separate toggle.
Along with that, Android 12’s colors lack contrast – everything looks pale compared to the vibrancy that iOS shows. But according to Android Police, it looks like Google is already aware of this, as vibrant new colors have apparently leaked for Android 13.
According to a new leak from @AndroidPolice, Google is introducing customization options to Android’s wallpaper-based theme system called “monet”. This comes in the form of new styles called TONAL_SPOT, VIBRANT, EXPRESSIVE and SPRITZ.https://t.co/IRjuWjRaSx pic.twitter.com/3pso679kUwJanuary 13, 2022
Giving saturated colors across the UI could improve the overall look of Android. However, the Material You design we see right now is essentially version 1.0 of a new look for the operating system. iOS is still seeing improvements in its flat design since 2013, so we’ll be seeing visual improvements in Android for years to come.
This feature was introduced for some apps in Android 12, where you could take a screenshot of a web page, but Android would stitch the content into a single image.
However, although this is a useful feature, developers should include a “view-based UI” in the app, otherwise scrolling screenshots are not an option for users. .
Instead, Android 13 should make it available for all apps, regardless of the current requirement. Users shouldn’t need to check if certain Android features are also available for certain apps, and scrolling screenshots is one of them.
3. Release the backtap gesture
This first appeared in a beta version of Android 11 in 2020, before being removed when the final version appeared for the Pixel 4 series and other smartphones.
There’s a variant already available on Apple’s iOS 15, where you can customize a back gesture on your iPhone, which could launch the Camera app or a shortcut for example.
This is very useful when you are browsing another app and want to quickly switch to the camera app without going back to the home screen and finding its icon.
For Android, backtap could be an easy win for users, especially since the software can be customized better compared to iOS. Imagine an Android 13 backtap where you can launch certain apps or media with a certain number of clicks, or the end result changes, depending on which app you’re currently using.
4. Transfer from iOS
According to Android Police, this could already be coming to Android 13, mirroring a feature where you can transfer what you’re listening to on your iPhone, to a HomePod speaker for example.
Tentatively called “TTT” or Tap to Transfer, you can send the media you’re watching or listening to to a device that might be in your home or workplace.
With a barrage of TVs running Android, alongside smart speakers, it just might work to send through media more easily from your smartphone.
5. Please Fix “Open by Default” Feature
Prior to Android 12, you could open a file and a message box would pop up asking if you want to open it in an app just once, or from there.
It was a simple message box but it solved a purpose. But with Android 12, an “Open with default” appears instead, ridding you of the choice to use an app once.
This change has been frustrating for users, as it requires you to go deep into the Settings app to forget the file type to open in a certain app. For Android 13, let’s go back to how it was. That’s all we ask.