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Android 13 roll-out begins on Aug 16 for selected devices

The update will be subsequently rolled out to other devices later this year.

Ernest Cheng

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Published: 16 August 2022, 2:01 PM

This year’s major system update Android 13 has begun its roll-out on selected devices, announced the mobile operating system developer on Aug 16 (Tuesday). 

Android 13 introduces a series of system changes that serve to improve the privacy, usability and security of users.

The update now gives users more freedom when it comes to personalisation. Users can customise home screen apps by colour, theme and language, catering to their own unique personal style.

Users that speak more than one language can assign specific languages to individual apps. This allows them to keep their phone’s system in one language and each of their apps in a different language. 

Additionally, they can customise the device’s Bedtime mode with wallpaper dimming and dark themes, helping one’s eyes to adjust to the dark while using their device. 

The update also increases security and data protection levels, as users now have more control over what information apps can and cannot access, including specific photos and videos.

Android will automatically clear users’ clipboard history after a period of time, preventing any unwanted access to it when copying sensitive data. 

The update also allows different Android devices to work better together, enhancing the multitasking experience of users. This includes how users will be able to copy and paste content like pictures, texts or videos across different Android devices. 

Android 13 will first be rolled out to Pixel devices starting on Aug 16. It will be introduced to devices from Samsung Galaxy, Asus, OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi and more later this year.


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