This week, Google released the first developer preview of Android 13 to give you an idea of what the stable release of the software platform will focus on, due out in the second half of the year. In its current form, Android received 13 new themes, privacy features, language management tools, and more.
Android 12 introduces customizable Material You themes for the first time, which change the color scheme based on the user’s chosen desktop background. In Android 13, dynamic app icons can be applied to any software installed on the device, not just Google-branded products. This feature allows app icons to change hue to better match the set wallpaper. Dynamic icons will initially be available on Pixel devices and will be available on non-Pixel devices at a later date.
Some changes relate to privacy and security features. For example, users can share photos and videos with apps without having to give them permission to view their entire media library. According to reports, Google plans to bring this feature to all devices running Android 11 and later versions of the operating system.
Also, Android 13 has some changes that are not that noticeable to regular users. For example, apps can detect and connect to WiFi networks without requiring permission to track location. It will also be possible to set individual language preferences for each application, which will be very convenient for people who speak multiple languages. Google is also advancing its Project Mainline initiative, which will allow users to get more updates through the Play Store rather than at the OS level.
Google is reportedly planning to release developer previews of Android 13 in February and March. The first beta version of the software platform for users will appear in April. The stable version of Android 13 should be released in autumn.