Android 13 and 12 | updates for smartphones

Android updates determine the purchase of a smartphone and the appreciation of the manufacturer like no other topic. An overview of the available updates is often not available from the manufacturer. For this reason, ComputerBase provides information with a tabular overview of the most important brands and models.

The community informed the editors that Android 13 is now also available for the Realme 9 Pro 5G and GT Master Edition, Xiaomi Mi 11T, Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro, Poco F3, and X4 GT, Redmi Note 10S and for the Motorola Edge 30 Offered per. In addition, the recently introduced Motorola Edge 40 Pro was included in the list.

Explanation:

As soon as Google has completed a new version of Android and has provided updates to its own Pixel smartphones, the great guesswork begins as to when another manufacturer’s own smartphone will receive the update. It is not uncommon for there to be justified doubts that an update will be offered at all.

Because hardly any manufacturer keeps an official directory of when smartphones are to be supplied with an update or have already received it, it is a lot of effort for most customers to keep up to date.

Based on facts, not rumors:

It was important that the information is not based on rumors or planned updates, but that updates are only entered as soon as they are actually distributed in Germany, be it on smartphones that are freely available in stores or those of the major mobile phones.

The editors are aware that the following overview does not take into account any overly exotic manufacturers or imported smartphones and is therefore not complete. It deliberately only includes relevant manufacturers and devices in this country.

The CB community can help:

Although ComputerBase regularly becomes aware of new Android updates itself, the editors cannot always keep an eye on all devices. This is where the ComputerBase community with more than 430,000 members comes into play, whose advice on new updates is gratefully accepted. The editors and editors are happy to receive tips via the forum, email, or Twitter.

The only thing to note with submissions is that it is an update to a new main or sub-version of Android officially distributed in Germany by the manufacturer of the smartphone and not a custom ROM, an update exclusively for other regions or a device-specific update that only minor bugs

The current version: Android 13

The current Android version is called Android 13 and was completed by Google on August 15, 2022, and then distributed to Pixel smartphones from the Pixel 4 via OTA update.

Optimizations for large screens:

The changes associated with Android 13 affect areas such as personalization, data protection, new comfort features, and adjustments for larger screens. Android 13 integrates the innovations introduced with Android 12L, intended for smartphones with large and/or foldable displays.

On tablets, Android 13 delivers a new taskbar from which apps can be dragged and dropped into split-screen mode. Tablets with stylus support should benefit from better recognition of touch by the hand or the pen under Android 13.

Material You for third-party apps

In the area of personalization with the Material You design language introduced with Android 12, support for third-party apps is new. The output design is now also based there on the wallpaper and other theme settings of the user.

Regardless of the language of the operating system, this can be set per app with Android 13. The operating system also comes with a new media player that adapts the appearance and operation of music and podcasts, for example with the album cover or a dancing playlist.

Moreover, the theme also feeds into the bedtime mode, for which users can choose a dimmed background image and theme.

Selective selection of photos, videos, and audio

The selective photo, video, and audio selection in Android 13 had already made it with the first developer preview. The operating system gets a new selection menu for photos, videos, and audio, which allows the user to share only the selected content to an app instead of the entire media library, and without giving it access to the entire storage.

Basically, Android 12 already has such a feature for the general file manager, for Android 13, on the other hand, an implementation has been added explicitly for photos, videos, and audio. Google also wants unwanted access to Prevent Clipboard by automatically emptying it after a certain time.

Speaking of the clipboard: This works cloud-based with content such as images, videos, or text from one Android 13 device to the other. With the Developer Preview, Google had already introduced the protection that third-party apps had to explicitly ask for permission for notifications after installation.

Spatial Audio, Bluetooth LE Audio, HDR for 3rd parties

Android 13 gets native support for spatial audio, so supported headphones that detect head movement shift the sound source to match head rotation. Also new for audio is native support for Bluetooth LE Audio, which offers broadcast functionality and supports the LC3 codec.

MIDI 2.0 support is also new to the operating system. Minor adjustments also include streaming from messaging apps like Google Messages to Chromebooks to continue the conversation there. Third-party camera apps can record HDR video for the first time.

However, the media output menu has been updated and Android 13 offers a braille display for the talkback function.

More modules for Project Mainline:

The new selective selection menu for media should also reach smartphones and tablets without Android 13 via Project Mainline, with Google updating the MediaProvider module via a Google Play system update.

Apart from Android Go devices, the update will be offered for devices running Android 11 or higher. The innovations from OpenJDK 11 LTS should not only flow into Android 13 via an updated ART module. Project Mainline will also be expanded with upgradeable modules for Bluetooth and UWB.

WLAN and location are decoupled

In Android 13, Google wants to prevent users from revealing their location when detecting WiFi devices in the vicinity of the user. For example, when users set up smart home devices such as speakers, the manufacturer’s associated apps often ask whether they can search for nearby WLAN devices, which usually means access points and routers.

However, because Google stores the location of SSIDs in its own database, the user’s location can also be determined for applications searching for WLAN devices. Android 13 requires apps to search for WiFi devices without collecting location.

Font updates:

There are also optimizations for the display of Japanese text and the line height of non-Latin characters as well as the automatic conversion of text. This should benefit users from Japan.

For example, who can type in Hiragana with Android 13 and still receive search results in Kanji. Android 13 also adds support for COLRv1 and updates native emojis to this format.

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