Android 13 is targeting platform stability in June and its stable rollout is expected to begin towards the end of 2022’s fourth quarter. Not much is changing in terms of aesthetics coming from Android 12, but there are a bunch of meaningful functional upgrades in the Android 13 pipeline. The upcoming Android OS upgrade will bring support for Bluetooth LE Audio and LC3 codec, promising low power consumption while streaming music without compromising audio quality.
Another key audio-centric upgrade is support for spatial audio, which brings a surround sound experience with directional sense while listening to music. Talking about camera upgrades, HDR video capture will be enabled for third-party apps. On the security side of things, Google will bring end-to-end encryption to RCS group chats in the Messages app. Users will also get to choose the UI language on a per-app basis.
Notably, Android 13 is set to add a predictive back gesture that will tell users in advance where a back gesture is going to take them. Google is also introducing more granular controls for restricting app activity in Android 13, while the Wallet app is making a return with new tricks such as the ability to store vaccine certificates, ID cards, and driver’s licenses among other documents.