With over 86.2% of the market share, the dominance of Android OS in the market is well-witnessed. Contemplating the buzz around the latest iOS version – iOS 16, Android earlier this year rolled out the latest Android OS – Android 13 “Tiramisu” for beta testing. It then released the stable version on 15th August 2022 for the top Android devices.

For all those eager to explore the new Android 13 features, your search has ended, as this article will elaborate on the latest iterations and updates of the latest Android OS and explore what all-new Android has brought to the marketplace.

Ready to Read? Let’s Begin!

A Quick Overview of the latest Android OS – Android 13

Continuing the trend of releasing unparalleled updates to the Android system every year, Google has introduced the latest Android 13, a successor to Android 12.  

As read above, the stable released rolled out in Aug 2022 after multiple testing releases. Though Android 13 features resemble Android 12, there are numerous  features that differentiate the latest Android OS – Android 13, paving its way towards becoming the next big version update from Google for smartphones in 2022.

How digital transformation can grow your business?

So, without further ado, let’s move ahead and explore the latest Android OS’s top features that differ from the other Android versions. 

The Top 14 Features of the New Android 13

Enhanced ‘Material You’ Color Schemes and Cinematic Wallpapers

To begin with, one of the most significant Android 13 features is the introduction of 6 new Material You palettes – Tonal Spot, Vibrant, Expressive, Spritz, Rainbow, and Fruit Salad, which can be accessed in the form of 16 new color extraction options in the wallpaper picker on any device with the latest android version.

A Renewed Search Launcher 

The next feature is again towards the UI, enabling a different search experience on the home screen. With Android 13, users can get their hands on a unique launcher-based interface that eases navigating the on-device action from the search bar on your launcher.

Fewer Notifications

Another improvement is the elimination of unnecessary app-related notifications. Similar to Apple iOS, the new Android version – Android 13, restricts apps from sending notifications until manually allowed. 

The permission can be granted or restricted as soon as the app is installed and run for the first time. A popup appears requesting the POST_NOTIFICATIONS permission, and the users can allow or deny it without impacting the app’s performance.

Intuitive QR Scanner for Settings

The next intriguing feature update with the latest Android system is the exclusive QR scanner as a quick toggle on the notification tray to access the device’s settings. Also, since it’s tailor-made for Android devices, the scanner support is much more efficient than the Goggle lens and other camera apps offering scanning abilities.

Android 13 Supports Per-app Language Setting

Moving on to the next significant update, which is the new language settings. The latest Android system, aiming to eliminate language barriers has created a unique setting wherein users can opt for their preferential language on a per-app basis, separate from the system setting.

Enhanced Battery Life

Th latest Android System – Android 13, is primarily able to notify users when the battery is draining fast from the apps running in the background. The battery drain notification is silent but still ensures you know what’s happening with your phone. After notifying if one still wishes to continue with the same apps, swiping the notification is the way out from the quick toggle at the notification popup. 

Android 13 has UWB support

An interesting feature that accompanies the latest Android OS is the Ultra-wideband or UWB. UWB essentially turns your phone into an augmented device that helps you find lost gadgets, turns your phone into a car key, and augments features initially made possible by NFC and Bluetooth.

Though the UWB antenna has yet to be installed in all Android devices, the new version leverages a generic hardware abstraction layer that leads users to experience how UWB works. 

Bluetooth Low-Energy Audio support 

The latest Android OS gives a seamless boost to the Wireless audio provision with baked-in support for Bluetooth LE Audio and the Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC3), enabling multi-stream support, lower power usage, and improved audio quality across supported devices. The only hindrance here is that the Devices will require appropriate hardware that functions efficiently with Bluetooth LE Audio streaming.

Third-Party Theme Icons

When the first developer preview was launched, we got our hands on a few screenshots that signified Google’s introduction to an “experimental” themed icons feature, making it easier and seamless for users to customize their lock screen based on the Material You color palette.

Intuitive Gestures make their Return with Android 13

The new Android OS employs intuitive gesture notifications to make the user experience more intuitive and engaging. Leveraging gesture-based navigation equips users with more accessibility and ease of use while eliminating the need to use the manual buttons to invoke Google Assistant or perform functions on your Android device. 

In addition, the Android 13 also introduces back gestures, i.e., a new predictive back animation depicting where you’ll be navigating next. Thus making it easier for users to determine where they are heading.

Refined Photo Picker 

Latest Android OS – Android 13 features a new photo picker baked directly into the Android system and enables a more intuitive user experience wherein users can easily add images to their messages from both local and cloud storage photos across applications without hassle. 

Smart-Home Controls on the Lock Screen

The latest Android version enables a quicker and easier way of controlling smart devices right from the lock screen without unlocking the Android device. All one has to do is navigate to Settings > Display > Lockscreen > Control from the locked device to quickly access the smart-home gadgets via the Home icon at the bottom left of the lock screen.

Support for Spatial Audio

The new Android version – Android 13, announced official support for Spatial Audio. In essence, while using headphones with the ability to track head movements, Spatial Audio will effectively shift the source of the sound, adapting to the user’s head movement, thus proffering an immersive listening experience.

Enhancements to the Clipboard 

Copying anything to a clipboard becomes fun with the latest Android OS. In essence, when a user copies any text or image to the clipboard of an android device with Android 13, there’s a bottom left overlay that appears with the preview of what has been copied, pasted, or captured. Thus making it easier to determine the relevance of the copied text. 


In the End!

With all of the read, we know what the latest Android OS – Android 13- offers Android users – a much-needed wave of stability and refinement. Well, if you haven’t already installed it, it’s time to try and explore the numerous Android 13 features that Google has just released. 

As for those of you who are an entrepreneur or a business owner looking forward to capitalizing on the new features of Android 13, when developing your next enterprise mobile app, get in touch with a renowned mobile app development company with a team of proficient app design and development professionals who can help build the mobile solution that reciprocates business growth, value, and impact.