Android 13 hasn’t launched these features yet


Google launched the latest version of its mobile operating system on Monday and is already being rolled out to the first (Pixel) devices. That said, there are still some Android 13 features to come, and here’s when you can expect them.

Security and Privacy Settings

The Pixel 6 introduced a new Security Hub last year that arrived on older Google phones back then. At I/O 2022 in May, the company explained how security would be combined with the existing privacy page.

This is intended to provide a “simple, color-coded way to understand your security status and will provide clear and actionable guidelines for improving it.” It starts with a prominent overview section and a button to perform actions such as “Scan Device” (using Play Protect) or “Uninstall” apps.

The page is anchored by new action cards that inform you about the crucial steps you need to take to address any security risks. In addition to alerts to alert you to issues, we also provide timely recommendations on how to improve your privacy.

The following are drop-down menus for App Security, Device Lock, Google Security Check, Find My Device, and more that can be expanded to see other preferences. We’ve already seen the Samsung version of this, but this week’s Android 13 update for Pixel phones still has “Security” and “Privacy” as separate sections. Google told us on Monday that the unified security and privacy settings page is coming “later this year.”

On Pixel phones, one of the best features of Android 13 is unified device and web search, where the bar at the bottom of your home screen is the same as the field at the top of the app drawer. The latter is visually quite old and users of the Android 13 Beta have been using this experience for several months now.

However, when updating to the stable release, the unified Pixel Launcher search disappeared. Google told us earlier this week that the disappearance will be fixed in an “upcoming release”.

Integrations between different devices

The next batch of Android 13 features yet to be launched are cross-device integrations. Starting with “messaging app streaming.” The UI of Google Messages and other similar communication apps (signal shown below) is streamed to your Chromebook. On ChromeOS, you’ll receive a notification, and tapping “Reply” will open a phone-sized window where you can type your message and view the history, just like on your mobile. Both devices must be within Bluetooth range of each other.

We previewed an early version of this feature and examined how it works in February, and Google tells us to expect availability “later this year.”

The next one is “copy and paste on different devices” where you can copy text, URLs, and images from your Android phone and paste it onto a tablet (or vice versa). The clipboard preview in the lower-left corner includes a new Share button nearby that allows you to select a device. The target device will show a receipt and then you can just paste.

Meant to boost productivity, it obviously relies on having another Android 13 device. This feature is officially coming “soon to Android 13 devices”, although only the “sending device” needs to be on the new OS. Meanwhile, the “receiving device must be an Android 6 device or higher.”

Android 13 features copy and paste

Finally there is Spatial audio to “shift the source of the sound based on how you turn your head”. It aims to make media (movies) more immersive, and the only device we know is coming is the Pixel Buds Pro with a future update coming in the fall.

Android 13 on tablets

As of today, Android 13 is only available on phones. On tablets, it brings a taskbar with an app drawer for faster multi-window multitasking, while there’s also letterboxing for non-optimized apps. Different parts of the OS now have a large screen layout, while palm and stylus inputs are recorded as separate touches.

The first devices to launch in March with Android 12L will be the Samsung Fold 4 and Flip 4 later this month. At this rate, don’t expect Android 13 on tablets until next year. The timing could make the Pixel tablet the debut device.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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