Android 13 Update Tracker: Expected Release Date, Top Features, Compatible Devices, and More

Here's everything you need to know about the Android 13 expected release timeline, features, supported devices and more.

Android updates are always exciting as Google adds their latest bit of software innovations including new Google Assistant features, animations, themes, and many more under the hood changes. With many phones yet to receive the stable Android 12, Google has already announced Android 13 and in fact, the Android 13 Beta 1 was pushed recently. 

Like always, Google first released the developer preview and then, and then three Beta updates are scheduled finally, once the system reaches stability, the stable Android 13 version will be released later in the year. As usual, the Google Pixel devices are the first set of phones to get the updates and once the Beta 2 is released, we can expect a few OEMs to come up with Android 13 for some of their phones.

In this guide, we will be taking a look at all the top features and latest news related to Android 13 and also, and we will be taking a look at the expected release date of the OS finally, we have also listed a list of all the eligible devices that are expected to get Android 13 update.

Android 13 Expected Release Date

Google released the first developer preview of the Android 13 back in February and on April 26, the company dropped the first Android 13 Beta for Pixel devices. As per the original timeline shared by Google, the second beta is expected in May, which we can expect to happen at the Google I/O 2022. Beta 3 and 4 are scheduled for June and July release and once the platform reaches the stability phase, Google is expected to release the final and stable version of Android 13 in August 2022.

Android 13 Top Features

With Android 13, Google has focused more on privacy and security features, at least in the developer previews. There are also some visual changes and most of the other changes are happening under the hood, which are not visually available for users to see, but overall, Google is adding all the new features to improve the overall user experience and performance of the Android device.

Photo Picker

The new photo picker feature on Android 13 allows users to share photos and videos securely with other apps. The picker 13 will bring both local and cloud-based photos securely. Apps can use the photo picker APIs to access shared photos and videos without needing permission to view all media files on the device, which is a big win as you are noting giving any apps unnecessary access to all your media files.

Nearby Wi-Fi Devices Permission

The new version of vanilla Android brings new NEARBY_WIFI_DEVICES runtime permission. This permission will be required for apps that request commonly-used Wi-Fi APIs and enables apps to discover and connect to nearby devices over Wi-Fi without needing location permission.

Quick Settings TileQuick Settings Tile

Google is making it easier for users to discover and add tiles to Quick Settings with the introduction of a new tile placement API. With this API, developers will be able to add their app’s tiles directly to the set of active Quick Settings tiles, which also makes it easier for users to discover tiles in the quick settings area.

More Material You Design

Google introduced the Material You Design, which is a system-wide theme engine on Android 12. With version 13, the company is expanding the Material You beyond Google’s app to all the icons, allowing users to opt into icons that inherit the tint of their wallpaper and other theme preferences. Developers can now add a monochromatic app icon and a tweak to the adaptive icon XML, so their app can adapt to the Material You theme.

Per-app Language

Although this feature has been in the talks for a few years now, the feature was launched along with the first developer preview. With this functionality, you will be able to use an app in a particular language without affecting the global system language of any other app’s language. At the start, only a few select apps will come with this feature. This can come in handy for multilingual users. The settings can be accessed by heading to Settings > Apps > All apps > <select any app> > Language.

Install Apps on Guest Profile

In Android 13, if you are the owner and you are setting up a guest profile, you will be allowed to choose which all apps can be installed on the guest profiles. The data between owner and guest users won’t be shared and in case the guest profile user has to use any apps, they will have to sign in.

App Drawer in the taskbar

With Android 12L, Google started prioritizing the Android experience on tablets and foldable as well. The taskbar was first found on Android 12L and version 13, if you happen to have a large screen device, this will be enabled by default and you will see six apps along with an app launcher.

Clipboard editor overlay

Google has added a handy new clipboard tool. When you copy a text, link, or image, a clipboard overlay preview will appear on the bottom of the screen. The preview contains what you just copied and it also comes with an edit button, in case you want to quickly edit something. In case you copy an address, you will see Google Maps intent next to the edit button and the same also applies to phone numbers and links copied.

New Quick Settings Tiles

Tiles in the quick settings are the quickest way to access shortcuts. With Android 13, Google has added a few handy ones to the tiles. These include:

  • Colour correction quick setting tile
  • One-handed mode quick setting tile
  • Security and Privacy Controls quick setting tile
  • Device Controls quick setting tile to control smart home devices
  • QR code scanner quick toggle

Switch Screen Resolution

While this feature is already present on many Android smartphones like OnePlus, Samsung, etc, Google is bringing the ability to change screen resolution with Android 13. This option can be accessed under Display settings. Users will be able to switch between QHD+ and FHD+ screen resolutions.

Media Player Squiggly Progress Bar

Yet another minor UI charge that comes as a part of Beta 1, the music player now supports a squiggly progress bar, instead of just a straight progress bar. The unplayed part of the media/ song stays straight, but the current playing media moves up and down like a waveform.

Predictive Back Gesture

This feature has been announced as a part of Beta 2 and this is a new gesture for Android phones, tablets, and foldables. Once this feature is completely implemented, it will let users preview the destination or other result of a back gesture before they fully complete it, allowing them to decide whether to continue or stay in the current view. 

For instance, using the predictive back gesture can display an animated preview of the Home screen behind your app. The final stable version of this feature will be available with the final release, users should be able to test this back-to-home animation by enabling a developer option. You can enable this feature by heading to Settings > System > Developer options and then selecting Predictive back animations. 

Resource Files For Specifying Per-app Language Support

With Beta 1, Google introduced Per-app Language support and with beta 2, developers will be now able to specify what languages the app supports in the res/xml/locales_config.xml, which allows users to choose languages on a per-app basis. Once the developers update this on their app, users can go to Settings > System > Languages & Input > App Languages > (select an app) and change the language. 

Other Android 13 Features

  • Optimized experience for tablets, foldables, and Chromebooks
  • Flashlight toggle in a quick tap
  • MIDI 2.0 support
  • Activate dark mode at bedtime
  • Revamped screen saver 
  • NFC payment support for Work profiles
  • Support for spatial audio 
  • Smart home control without unlocking your phone
  • USE_EXACT_ALARM allows apps to use exact alarms without needing to request this permission from the user

Android 13 Beta: List of Eligible Devices

  • Google Pixel 6 Pro, Google Pixel 6, Google Pixel 5a 5G, Google Pixel 5, Google Pixel 4a / 5G, Google Pixel 4 XL, Google Pixel 4
  • OnePlus 10 Pro
  • Realme GT 2 Pro
  • Vivo X80 Pro
  • Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi Pad 5
  • Oppo Find X5 Pro
  • Asus Zenfone 8
  • Lenovo P12 Pro
  • Nokia XR20
  • AQUOS sense6
  • Tecno Camon 19 Pro
  • ZTE Axon 40 Ultra

In case you have any of the eligible devices mentioned in the above list, If you have any of these devices, you can head to the Android 13 Beta devices webpage and click on the relevant device and download the Beta update for your eligible device. 

Android 13 List of Compatible Devices

With the new version of Android comes excitement for enthusiasts to try out the later OS that Google has to offer. As you’d expect Google Pixel devices are always the first to get Day 1 updates. However, many OEMs have started pushing out Beta updates quickly to their top smartphones in the past couple of years. We have compiled a list of phones that are expected to get Android 13 from all the major OEMs based on the brand’s promise and update life cycle.

Note: We will update the list as we get more confirmation from brands.

Samsung Galaxy S series

  • Samsung Galaxy S22
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 G FE 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy Tab S8
  • Galaxy Tab S8+
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 5G 
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G 
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Z  series

  • Galaxy Z Fold3
  • Galaxy Z Flip3
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy A series

  • Samsung Galaxy A73
  • Samsung Galaxy A53
  • Samsung Galaxy A33
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy Note series

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G 
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 5G 
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite

OnePlus

  • OnePlus 10 Pro
  • OnePlus 10R
  • OnePlus 9 Pro
  • OnePlus 9 
  • OnePlus 9R
  • OnePlus 9RT
  • OnePlus 8
  • OnePlus 8 Pro
  • OnePlus 8T
  • OnePlus Nord 2
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2
  • OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite

Realme 

  • Realme GT Neo 3
  • Realme GT 2 Pro
  • Realme GT 2
  • Realme GT
  • Realme GT Neo
  • Realme 9 4G / 5G
  • Realme 9 SE 5G
  • Realme 9 Pro+
  • Realme 9 Pro
  • Realme 9i
  • Realme 8 Pro
  • Realme 8 4G
  • Realme 8 5G
  • Realme 8i
  • Realme 8s 5G
  • Realme GT Neo 2
  • Realme GT Master Edition
  • Realme GT Master Explorer Edition
  • Realme Narzo 30 Pro
  • Realme Narzo 30 4G/ 5G
  • Realme Narzo 30A
  • Realme X7 Max
  • Realme X7 Pro
  • Realme V13
  • Realme V11
  • Realme Q3
  • Realme Q3i
  • Realme Q3 Pro

Xiaomi/ Mi series

  • Xiaomi Mi 10S
  • Xiaomi Mi 11
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
  • Xiaomi Mi 11i
  • Xiaomi Mi 11X
  • Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro
  • Xiaomi 11X
  • Xiaomi 11X Hyper Charge
  • Xiaomi 11T
  • Xiaomi 11T Pro
  • Xiaomi 12
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro
  • Xiaomi 12 Lite
  • Mi 11 Lite 4G
  • Mi 11 Lite 5G
  • Mi 11 Lite LE
  • Mi 11 Lite NE 5G
  • Xiaomi MIX 4
  • Xiaomi MIX 5
  • Xiaomi MIX 5 Pro
  • Xiaomi MIX FOLD
  • Xiaomi CIVI
  • Xiaomi Pad 5
  • Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro

Redmi series

  • Redmi 10
  • Redmi 10 Prime
  • Redmi 10 2022
  • Redmi 10 Prime 2022
  • Redmi Note 10
  • Redmi Note 10S
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G
  • Redmi Note 10T
  • Redmi Note 10 5G
  • Redmi Note 11
  • Redmi Note 11 NFC
  • Redmi Note 11S
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro 4G
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro+
  • Redmi Note 11E Pro
  • Redmi Note 11T
  • Redmi Note 11 5G
  • Redmi Note 11T 4G
  • Redmi K40
  • Redmi K40 Pro
  • Redmi K40 Pro+
  • Redmi K40 Gaming
  • Redmi K50
  • Redmi K50 Pro
  • Redmi K50 Gaming
  • Redmi K50 Gaming Lite

Poco

  • Poco F3
  • Poco F3 GT
  • Poco X3 GT
  • Poco X3 Pro
  • Poco F4
  • Poco F4 Pro
  • Poco F4 GT
  • Poco M3 Pro 4G/5G
  • Poco C4

Motorola

  • Motorola Edge 20
  • Motorola Edge 20 Lite
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro
  • Motorola Edge Plus 
  • Motorola Edge 30 Pro
  • Moto G60
  • Moto G51 5G
  • Moto G52
  • Moto G22
  • Moto G31
  • Moto G40 Fusion
  • Moto G71 5G

Nokia

  • Nokia G10
  • Nokia G20
  • Nokia G21
  • Nokia G50
  • Nokia X10
  • Nokia X100
  • Nokia X20
  • Nokia XR20

Oppo 

  • Oppo Find N (foldable)
  • Oppo Find X2 Pro
  • Oppo Find X3
  • Oppo Find X3 Lite
  • Oppo Find X3 Neo
  • Oppo Find X3 Pro
  • Oppo Find X5
  • Oppo Find X5 Lite
  • Oppo Find X5 Pro
  • Oppo Reno 6 4G/ 5G
  • Oppo Reno 6 Pro 5G
  • Oppo Reno 6 Pro+ 5G
  • Oppo Reno 6 Z
  • Oppo Reno 7 5G
  • Oppo Reno 7 Pro 5G

Asus

  • ZenFone 8/ Asus 8z
  • ZenFone 8 Flip
  • ROG Phone 5
  • ROG Phone 5s

Iqoo

  • Iqoo 9
  • Iqoo 9 Pro
  • Iqoo 8
  • Iqoo 8 Pro
  • Iqoo 9 SE
  • Iqoo Z6
  • Iqoo Z5

Vivo

  • Vivo X60 Pro
  • Vivo X70
  • Vivo X70 Pro
  • Vivo X70 Pro+

Android 13 Latest News

With Android 13 expected to release something later in August 2022, here are the latest news related to Android 13 from Google and other OEMs.

Samsung Could Start Android 13 Beta Programme for Galaxy S22 Soon (June 28, 2022)

Samsung might soon bring the Android 13 beta programme for its flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S22, pretty soon. As per a report by TizenHelp, Samsung has been reportedly working on an Android 13 beta update for the Galaxy S22 in South Korea. The beta update may come with version number S906NKSU2ZVF6.

Google Rolls Out Android 13 beta 3.1 Update to Fix Issues with Beta 3 (June 13, 2022)

Google has started rolling out the Android 13 beta 3.1 update that is compatible with Pixel devices. The new update brings the bug fixes for the Beta 3 update that was rolled out a few days back. This minor update to Android 13 Beta 3 fixes an issue where the Android Beta Feedback app was not available on Android 13 Beta 3 in some cases.

Nokia X20 Gets its First Android 13 Developer Preview Update (May 16, 2022)

HMD Global has revealed that its latest Nokia X20 is the first phone from the company that has got the Android 13 Developer Preview update. Users can enrol for the Developer Preview update by going to the My Device application and clicking on the Support banner. Users then need to go Android developer preview section and fill in the details to enrol for the Android 13 Developer Preview. Once accepted, users can go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates to download the latest version of Android. However, it is important to note that all the data will be wiped out before installing the developer preview, so it is important to back up the data before installing the new version.

Android 13 Beta 1 Released

Google pushed out Beta 1 on April 25 for Google Pixel devices bringing in new features like a new playback progress bar, dynamic Material You themes, app suggestions on the app bar, better smart home control, new clipboard preview and overlay, support for spatial audio on Pixel 6, and much more.

Android 13-based OneUI 5.0 Could Arrive in May

Samsung has been very quick to update its devices in recent times and we’ve seen that with Android 12. The company is expected to announce the first Android 13 Beta in July and the final stable version of the update could rollout at the end of 2022.

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