To Impress Off At Google IO 2022, Android 13 Must Steal A Few Features From Apple

To Impress Off At Google IO 2022, Android 13 Must Steal A Few Features From Apple

With the launch of a Developer Preview and now the first beta, Google has made the first public step toward Android 13. It starts an upgrade cycle for the mobile OS, which usually results in the next version of Android being released in the fall. And Android 13 appears to be on schedule to do so.

The first public beta of Android 13 is currently available. That is surprising because the beta programs are generally announced at Google's annual I/O conference. Our vision for the feature set is taking shape, while we expect it to be far from finished.


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On the eve of Google IO 2022, a public beta of Android 13 was released. It includes hints at Google's take on Handoff, a function first seen on Apple smartphones.


Handoff enables you to keep using the same app when switching between Apple devices. As long as you're logged in with the same Apple ID account, this can be Safari, a music track, or a podcast. On the other hand, Continuity allows you to continue utilizing a feature on another Apple device, such as capturing a photo and viewing it on your Mac.

While you can sync your favorites and purchases when you sign into Android or ChromeOS, you can't do so when browsing the web.

The Android 13 public beta edition already has a feature called Tap to Transfer that suggests this. However, Google has yet to confirm it. With this in mind, Handoff should be one of Android 13's main features, with the potential to expand to other Google devices.

Android 13: What We’ve Known So Far

We don't know much about Android 13 yet. Still, the first developer preview showed several features, followed by a second developer peek that revealed much more.

Developers have recently discovered hints that Android 13 may permit the simultaneous usage of two numbers on a single eSIM.

Meanwhile, third-party app icons will now function with Google's dynamic theming. For the time being, this is only a Pixel feature. Still, Google's push to encourage other manufacturers to enable dynamic theming should eventually benefit most phones.


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Similarly, a new '’Nearby device permission for Wi-Fi'’ will allow apps to find and connect to nearby Wi-Fi devices without requiring location rights.

Users will also be able to select the default language per app with Android 13. For example, you may set one app to English and the other to Spanish.

Google has also revealed that app archiving is in the works. It is a feature that would allow you to archive apps to free up roughly 60% of the space they take up without completely erasing them. It will erase sections of them but leave the icon on your phone, allowing you to restore them the next time you need them swiftly.

Although Google has not confirmed that app archiving will be included in Android 13. It has stated that it will be available later this year, implying that Android 13 will be available soon.

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