When is Android 13 coming out?

A photo of an Android device with the Android 13 logo on it

Android 13 Developer Preview 2 is releasing on a phone in progress near you.
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The second developer preview of Android 13 is now available for download. It’s not as feature-rich as the first preview that hit last monthbut it still offers a glimpse of some of the new capabilities of Google’s next-gen operating system.

One of the most exciting things about this software drop is that Android 13 will let you turn off notifications before they even happen, which can help combat notification fatigue. Apps designed to target the new operating system will ask for your permission before streaming them. You will get a popup asking you to allow the newly installed app to send you notifications, or you can disable it.

A screenshot of the notification permissions feature

In Android 13, when you install a new app, it will ask if you can send notifications to yourself before sending them to you.
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Japanese speakers will see specific language-based improvements in Android 13, including better word and sentence text wrapping. Android will also convert languages ​​that use phonetic input. For example, if you speak Japanese, you can type a search term in simplified Hiragana, and the search bar will automatically convert and complete it to Kanji. It’s much easier than before, when Japanese users had to manually convert Hiragana to Kanji in another app before using the search engine.

Non-Latin scripts, such as Tamil, Burmese, Telugu, and Tibetan, are also more readable in the operating system. They will have better line height adaptation so that essential characters are not cut off the screen.

As with every developer preview, the software is infused with new tools for developers. Developers can now schedule their apps to downgrade all previously allowed permissions after a software update. This will help make apps more secure, as it ensures that an app does not have access to, for example, your location data when it no longer needs it.

Android 13 will have built-in support for Audio Bluetooth LE. Bluetooth LE replaces classic Bluetooth and will allow Android devices to share audio with other devices and listen to public broadcasts. Developers who code their apps specific to Android 13 will be able to take advantage of the additional features of this particular specification.

Finally, Android 13 adds MIDI 2.0 support. If you’re blinking at what that means, know this: it means it’s easier to connect music-making peripherals to your Android device. With Google’s push to make tablets one more thing in its ecosystem, this could be exciting news for musicians with Android leanings. Whether that turns an Android 13 tablet into a music maestro like Apple’s iPad is another thing. The iPad already offers MIDI 2.0 support.

According to Google version table, this second developer preview is likely the last before Android 13 goes into beta. We should see the release of this official beta in April. Google is aiming for Android 13 to reach platform stability by June 2022.

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