Android Update Lands For Pixel Phones Commencing Right Now

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This year’s major Android up-date, Android 13, is formally launching now for Google’s Pixel mobile phones, the search giant has made known. The yearly update is getting an official launch a little sooner than typical, following Android 12’s launch in October 2021 as well as Android 11’s introduction in September 2020.

The lineup of upgrades appearing through this year’s version of Android is quite likely to be familiar if you’ve been staying up to date with Android 13’s beta releases. There’s the capability to customise non-Google app icons to match your homescreen wallpaper that we experienced in Android 13’s first developer preview, a new permission to lower notification spam, as well as a new choice to control which of your photos and videos an app can gain access to.

The revision contains support for spatial audio with head tracking, which is designed to make sounds seem as though they’re coming from a fixed point in space when you move your head while using compatible headphones, comparable to a function Apple offers for its AirPods. Today’s post doesn’t say just which headphones this will use, but Google earlier declared it would be improving its Pixel Buds Pro to provide support for spatial audio.

Secondly, there’s the capability to stream messages from apps like Google Messages directly to a Chromebook, very similar to iMessage on the Mac. It’s one other function that Google revealed in January. In addition to its own Messages app, one of Google’s promo resources also displays this getting the job done with the messaging app Signal, and also the organization claims the function will work with “a number of your other favorite messaging apps.” The revision additionally incorporates a function that assists you copy content from an Android smartphone to be pasted on an Android tablet and vice versa.

Various other Android 13 aspects include the capacity to set up languages on a per-app basis, an upgraded media player that changes its look based on what you’re listening to, support for Bluetooth Low Energy for improved sound quality at lower bitrates as well as reduced latency, improved multitasking on large-screen devices with drag as well as drop support for multitasking, and even better palm rejection when utilizing styluses.

The update will be coming to phones from many other suppliers including Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus, HMD, Motorola, Realme, Sony, Xiaomi, and also Asus later this year, Google’s Sameer Samat writes in the news post. For additional specifics on the updates appearing in the upgrade, take a look at Google’s article here

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