Android 13 will not be a major update. Announced at I/O 2022, the future version of Google’s OS will simply bring a few small new features.
Unsurprisingly, Android 13 won’t be a very big update. Already available in the form of beta versions for several months, the future version of Google’s mobile operating system will introduce very few major new features this summer, during its public launch. Google dropped it at its I/O 2022 conference on May 11, but the presentation was short.
Google Wallet, the biggest novelty
To tell you how unexciting Android 13 is: its most important new feature is Google Wallet, a virtual wallet. This application, which takes word for word the concept of Apple Wallet on iOS (ex-Passbook), collects in the same place Google Pay payment cards, loyalty cards, plane tickets, vaccination certificates, keys virtual cars and, a small novelty, identity documents in countries that allow their dematerialization.
Google Wallet is a perfect copy of Apple Wallet, but that’s a good thing. Apple’s application is one of the strengths of the iPhone. We can only hope that Google succeeds in convincing third-party developers to centralize everything in its application, which is not won.
Better management of tablets and multi-devices
This fall, Google will launch the Google Tablet. Unsurprisingly, the company is laying the groundwork with Android 13. Like Android 12L before, the upcoming mobile OS update will add a few new features aimed at improving the big-screen experience. About twenty Google applications will gain support for multi-columns, to be easier to use (and prettier) on tablets. These new features are welcome, Google is behind in the matter.
On top of that, Google also promises something new with respect to interoperability. Like Samsung or Huawei (or Apple), Google will insert a synchronized copy-paster between the different Android devices in a household. Copying a photo to your smartphone? You can paste on your tablet. It will not change the life of users since most brands incorporate similar systems, but the arrival of a native system should make this service functional between terminals of different brands.
Other very light novelties
Apart from that, Google promises very slight adjustments such as the possibility of changing the language of a single application, if you are bilingual for example (again, Apple already offers it). The brand also says it wants to extend Google Cast compatibility to new partners, to better compete with Apple AirPlay. The ability to customize the color of its applications will also be extended to new locations.
Android 13 is more of a refresher update than a major update, as Android 12 may have been with its new design.
Available in beta on a few devices designed by a dozen brands, Android 13 will arrive in final version this summer. It will not revolutionize much, but did we need very big changes?