[Updated] Android 13 update tracker: Here's everything we know so far

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on August 3, 2021) follows:

Every year Google treats us to a refreshed version of its popular smartphone OS – Android. After Android 12 goes public somewhere in September, news and rumors of what to expect in Android 13 should start ramping up.

Still, even at a time when Android 12 is still in beta, we already have a few details of what to expect when its successor hits the ground.

Of course, we both know the first Android 13 build won’t show up until Q1 2022, so there’s plenty of time to speculate. But not everything in this article is speculation.

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A slice of Tiramisu (Source)

For instance, it’s a known fact that the likes of 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 has plans to bring Android 13 update to a few of its devices, at least the ones that saw it off during its last days.

Owners of the Vivo X60 series can also rest assured that Android 13 is coming their way. Of course, there are also plenty of Samsung devices in line for this update, but that’s a story for another day.

In this article, we focus more on what Google is looking to bake right into stock Android 13. We’ve already highlighted the potential plans of delivering Neural Networks API (NNAPI) updates via Google Play Services with Android 13.

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Furthermore, XDA Developers recently revealed something even more interesting. Sure, Google stopped using desserts to publicly identify different OS versions with Android 9 Pie. But this practice lives on in-house.

The current Android 12 “S”, for instance, is known internally as Snow Cone. Apparently, Android 13 “T” is codenamed Tiramisu, which is a coffee-flavored dessert that hails from the home of UEFA EURO 2020 champions.

Upon further digging, the same XDA guys also established that with Android 13, eligible Google Pixel devices may allow secondary profiles to make NFC payments.

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Despite having been around for quite some time, multi-user support has been missing the ability to configure NFC payments on secondary profiles. As per the report, this changes with Android 13 update.

But as noted, there’s still plenty of time between now and the official release of Android T, so yeah, a lot can change by the time the stable version arrives.

On the brighter side, we’ll be closely following all related developments and update this article accordingly whenever we bump into new and interesting stuff. Stay tuned.

Update 1 (August 26)

IST 12:14 pm: New reports now indicate that Google plans to expand support for UWB on the Pixel 6 going into Android 13 (Android T). This, according to a recent comment from Google to AOSP.

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Update 2 (September 25)

IST 11:31 am: The folks over at XDA spotted a code change in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) that suggests Google will add DNS over HTTPS support in Android 13.

Update 3 (December 14)

IST 03:18 pm: Google has reportedly submitted a patch to AOSP that adds an option to disable the monitoring of phantom processes.

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

Update 4 (December 23)

IST 01:09 pm: New reports now suggest that Android 13 might just be the first release to add full support for Bluetooth LE Audio.

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Update 5 (December 24)

IST 09:02 am: XDA has come out to offer us an exclusive first look at Android 13 that is apparently codenamed “Tiramisu”.

Some of the expected features in Android 13 include:

– Runtime Permission for Notifications
– TARE: The Android Resource Economy
– New Lock Screen Clock Layouts
– Support for Individual App Languages
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Update 6 (December 29)

IST 11:23 am: Android 13 is still a pretty long way from now but development is pretty active and now, according to the lead on Google’s Nearby team, Android 13 will decouple WiFi scanning from location.

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Update 7 (January 11)

IST 12:02 pm: The latest development on the upcoming Android 13 suggests that the Google is working on a feature called ‘Tap to transfer’.

And while it’s unknown as to 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 that here.

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

Lastly, the reports also claim that Google will give a new look to the output picker in the Android 13 update. For those unaware, the output picker is the one that has audio controls and it is present as a button on the top right.

Update 8 (January 12)

04:14 pm (IST): Android 13 is said to bring a keyguard user switcher that will let you easily switch to a different user profile before unlocking it. More on that here.

Update 8 (January 13)

12:30 pm (IST): Google is seemingly upgrading Android 12’s dynamic theming system. According to the latest info (via Android Police), the company is preparing four new color combinations for dynamic theming with Android 13 update.

Also, as it’s already known that the Android 13 is said to add a setting for notification permission. And now we also know how it’s going to look as the UI for the notification permission feature is leaked.

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Update 9 (January 15)

05:05 pm (IST): While trying to unravel a conversation of Google engineers, Mishaal Rahman pointed out that Google may not drop the source code of Android 13 with the betas.

“I am [of] the impression that once Android T is in public beta, the internal gerrit changes will be published [to] AOSP.”

This sentence caught my attention, but sadly, the Googler followed up with the correction, so we won’t get a source code drop with the Android 13 betas (Source)

However, the code will likely be released as early as August itself, according to a Google engineer. That’s at least a couple of months earlier than previous releases.

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