13 novelties that will change your smartphone

In anticipation of Apple’s WWDC, tech fans were able to attend Google I/O, Google’s developer conference.

Every year the American presents his new software there and gives an overview of the next version of Android. The 2022 edition is no exception, so Google has revealed the outline of Android 13 Tiramisu. We therefore invite you to discover are 13 most important novelties.

Refined interface

Android 13 Themes


With Android 12, Google has inaugurated a major redesign of Android. Material Design has therefore given way to Material You, a highly customizable interface adapted to each user.

With Android 13, the design is refined in small details here and there making the experience even more intuitive.

This new Android has more customization options, especially regarding the clock on the lock screen. Application icons can also take advantage of their own theme adapted to Material You.

Other aesthetic novelties include: the new media player, more attractive than ever. These changes will of course initially be visible on Pixels. It is then up to each manufacturer to adapt it to its own overlay. Some can even ignore graphic elements.

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A safer phone

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Every year, Google and Apple improve the security of their mobile operating system. Apart from the usual security patches, Android 13 will bring new features to protect your privacy even better.

Among the most useful are: the targeting of permissions granted to applications. From now on, an application should ask exactly what type of multimedia content it wants to access (audio, photo, video, etc.) and not put everything in the same basket.

Likewise, location information is no longer necessary if you want to locate other nearby devices that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

The management of notifications is also becoming more accurate. Now, on every install, users are asked whether or not they want to allow an app to send notifications. Like on iOS.

Improved autonomy

Pixel 6 vs Pixel 6 Pro screen

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It is no longer a secret that the autonomy of a smartphone does not depend solely on the capacity of the battery. As proof, the latest iPhones don’t have the most impressive batteries, but they are undoubtedly the most durable smartphones on the market (who would have thought?).

What matters is optimization. Google is therefore working on a new feature called TARE to “The Android Resource Economy”.

Thanks to this, the system can learn how the applications work and may or may not authorize certain tasks in the background. For now, this optimization is not visible in the latest Android 13 betas, but we hope it arrives in time.

Without it, autonomy will still be improved since Android 13 allows some apps to be bypassed PhantomProcess Killera barrier against applications that require too many resources, introduced with Android 12.

The problem with this process is that it caused some applications to malfunction. By allowing the circumvention, Google should improve the autonomy of smartphones.

Better gaming experience

Oppo A94 Gaming

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The gaming experience on the smartphone has improved from year to year, but still far from optimal. Among the areas for improvement, the temperature rise of the terminals can be an issue on certain games.

Thanks to Android 13, this tendency to overheat should become rare. In reality, Google has developed algorithms that can optimize the gaming experience.

Instead of asking the processor during the game session, the system needs a surplus of power when starting the game to download all the elements necessary for it to function properly.

So during the game session, resource requirements will be lower, which will reduce heating, especially in poorly optimized games.

Google Wallet: the digital cardholder

Google wallet


This is one of the most important new features of Android 13. Google Wallet adopts the principle of Apple Wallet. In this digital wallet we find all his bank cards, but also customer cards, plane or train tickets, car or hotel keys, or even vaccination certificates. In countries where it is allowed, Google Wallet can also store IDs.

According to the images shared by Google, his Wallet will look like two drops of water to Apple’s, with a graphic charter in Google sauce. We won’t complain, because Apple’s wallet is practical every day.

QR codes easier to access

QR Code Health Pass

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Since the health crisis, the QR code has been part of our daily life. And yet it is not always easy to scan a code with an Android smartphone.

Unlike Apple, Google does not provide automatic detection of the camera’s code. We must therefore use a third-party application or look for a well-hidden option in the photo application (for certain overlays).

To make handling easier, Google will therefore integrate a shortcut (so in the quick options bar) to the QR code scanner. Hallelujah!

New flashlight

lamp adjustment on an iPhone 8

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Strange as it may seem, Android’s flashlight doesn’t allow you to adjust the lighting power. You can only enable or disable it.

With Android 13, that’s history. Sure, many manufacturers have included this functionality in their overlays, but Google didn’t offer it by default.

Finally a real silent mode

Yes, it may sound great, but the stock version of Android didn’t have a true silent mode. Until now, when we activated silent mode on an Android smartphone (with no manufacturer overlay), we were actually in vibrate mode.

In early developer versions of Android 13, a true silent mode, without sound or vibration, was readily available. Gone since in the public beta versions, we hope to find it in the final version of Android 13.

Spatial audio, like Apple

Google Pixel Buds Case

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To enjoy spatial sound, an Android smartphone today must have Dolby Atmos certification.

Google wants to make this audio quality accessible to as many people as possible and is therefore developing spatial audio managed directly by Android

During the conference, the company did mention this novelty for Android 13. However, we do not know which devices will be able to inherit it. The latest Pixels should take advantage of it, of course, but who else?

The more intuitive copy and paste

Keyboard Copy Paste

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This is a feature that may seem trivial and yet we use it daily. Sharing links or text by simply copying and pasting will improve on Android 13.

From now on, whenever we copy an element, il is stored in a small floating bubble in the top left corner of the screen. This little bubble is none other than the clipboard. By touching the balloon, you can preview the copied content. You can even modify it before pasting it.

Better language management

Google and Ubisoft offer a hieroglyph translator

With Android 13, users can: choose a language for each application. Until now we had to settle for one language for the whole system.

This has several advantages. Users can communicate with their family members and/or colleagues through applications mainly used in certain countries. For example, Asians can configure messaging apps like WeChat in their native language.

Then it makes it possible to bypass the translation problems. Indeed, some uses are incomprehensible in French due to poor translation. If you have a good command of Shakespeare’s language, it might be better to configure it in English.

Simplified home automation

Google house

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If you have started equipping your home with connected devices, you will also hate having to unlock your smartphone to adjust certain parameters (turn on a light, change the color, turn down the volume of a speaker, etc. .).

To facilitate these manipulations, Android 13 allows home automation functions to be controlled directly from the lock screen. Rather not bad.

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Android 13 for tablets: finally an attractive interface!

Google Pixel Tab


The latest novelty does not concern smartphones but tablets. For the first time in its history, Android 13 will display an interface adapted to the tablet sizeTo our delight.

Because until now we can not really say that Android is suitable for tablet use. According to the first images revealed by Google, Android 13 for tablets is heavily inspired by Chrome OS. And we won’t complain.

An icon bar thus groups a selection of applications at the bottom of the screen. The notification bar and quick settings bar each occupy half the screen. Above all, Google was inspired by the iPad for multi-windowing. Again, we can’t blame him.

Google also took the opportunity to completely redesign a dozen of its in-house applications to make them more suitable for tablet use.

It remains to be seen which tablets will host Android 13. Google has announced its first product of its kind (a Pixel Pad?) for 2023. We can’t wait!

These are essentially the new features of Android 13. Of course, like every year, the number of new features runs into the hundreds. But the ones shown above will undoubtedly be the most visible to you on a daily basis.


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