Google has announced that Android 13—this year’s main Android update—is officially launching today for its Pixel smartphones. The yearly update will be officially released a bit earlier than normal, following the releases of Android 12 in October of last year and Android 11 in September of the following year. If you’ve been following the beta releases of Android 13, you may be aware with the list of updates that will be included with this year’s version of Android. The first developer beta of Android 13 showed us the ability to change non-Google app icons to match your homescreen background, a new permission to reduce notification spam, and a new choice to restrict which of your photographs and videos an app may access.
We stated in January that Google intended to spend this year catching up with Apple’s ecosystem connections, and the official release of Android 13 provides additional proof of this. The update adds support for spatial audio with head tracking, a function similar to Apple’s AirPods that makes sounds seem to be originating from a fixed place in space when you move your head while wearing compatible headphones. The specific headphones this will work with aren’t specified in today’s article, although Google has previously stated that it will be upgrading its Pixel Buds Pro to include spatial audio compatibility.
A feature that enables material to be copied from an Android phone and pasted on an Android tablet is also included in the update. Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus, HMD, Motorola, Realme, Sony, Xiaomi, and Asus smartphones will all receive the Android upgrade “later this year,” according to Google’s Sameer Samat in today’s blog post. Visit Google’s article for additional information on the changes that will be included in the update.