Time to put the Google Pixels into service, the company has just presented the first version of what will be the operating system of 2022: Android 13. As announced by the developer site, the number one developer preview is ready to go. be downloaded. That’s just what we did.
Yes, Android 12 is in the process of updating without reaching most devices, but we already have its successor among us: Google presented the first version for developers, or Developers Preview, of Android 13. It is still in very preliminary state and does not bring any exaggerated changes compared to Android 12, but it was necessary to flash the DP to verify it.
Material You continues to dominate design
Android 13 installed on the Google Pixel 6
After the correct install process and initial boot with our Pixel 6 setup as it was before flashing Android 13 (installing DP1 wipes the device completely), we came face to face with a appearance similar to what has already been seen in Android 12. Not surprising given the state of this first version.
The look of the icons is a little neater, the animations seem to have gained in fluidity and the consistency of the system, menus and launching of applications is similar to Android 12. After a first navigation in the brand new Android 13 nothing strictly new is perceived. Until the options are explored and the news is seen. Few at the moment.
If Android 11 revealed Google’s concern for privacy, and this aspect sparked more interest in Android 12, with this new version of the Google system, Google goes even further. Starting with the new image picker.
As at Apple, where you can tell the system whether applications access all the photos or only those that the user decides, the new Android 13 picker performs a similar function: said picker is managed by the system, it allows to choose images from the device and from the cloud, it has a look that matches the design of Android 13 and does not need permissions to access storage.
Apps no longer need to enter mobile storage to upload photos and videos because the new picker (and its API) takes care of that. For apps to work they need to implement this API, we couldn’t find any that currently use the new selector.
Android 13 launches an image picker that prevents apps from asking for storage permission to upload photos and videos: it’s up to the user to manually decide what to share with the app
Among the nice little changes, which are not yet active, Android 13 offers a quick setting to read QR codes without having to activate the camera first. It can be selected in the settings collection, but it’s not working yet.
QR code capture in quick settings. For the moment it does not work
Another change in the quick settings area is for one-handed mode. Now it can be easily activated with a simple gesture.
In general, the first sensations are very good: we do not notice at any time that the ROM is unstable. Android 13 DP1 runs great, the system is consistent, and based on our testing, we haven’t noticed excessive resource abuse. The usual during a first start.
Android 13. Tiramisu for dessert
In the end, the key dessert that Google has adopted for its new system version has been confirmed: as can be read in the quick settings area (and in the software information), the chosen name is Tiramisu. Not a bad choice, no.
Although the number may indicate a huge leap forward from Android 12, the truth is that it does not show in the external appearance of the system: the biggest novelties are at the level of the code; and they are intended for developers who implement them against the stable version of Android 13.
Google released the API so that developers can adapt icons to changes in Material You (automatic customization based on wallpapers). New option to add quick settings. Developers will be able to tell the user that their app has a quick fix; that you can place with a single click. Android 13 includes support for large screens and foldable phones. New permissions and APIs for easier access to system functions, maximizing privacy. Schedule of future Android 13 updates
We will continue to dive into Android 13 to locate all the changes that can be found in this first developer preview. We will update the article as we find news.