23 December 2021
It has barely been a couple, of months since Google debuted the Android 12 stable build. There are OEMs working on releasing the update without any issues and some are still releasing schedules. While it will take some time before a substantial number of users get access to the latest Android version, we have our first-ever leak of the next version that will arrive in 2022.
The folks over at XDA Developers have got their hands on a few Android 13 screenshots through an anonymous source. These are of a very early build and do not reveal a lot but give a glimpse of some of the features Google is working on. It goes without saying that plans can always change by the time we will see the first developer preview release next year.
The first Android 13 feature reported is called App Languages. It is meant to give users the flexibility to set language on a per-app basis. It is possible to set language on Android but that gets applied at a system level unless a particular app allows changing language at an individual level. The setting is called "Panlingual" and will be beneficial for multilingual people. It will be accessible via Settings > System > Languages & Input and also through the app info page.
Google has been working on notification management in recent times. The goal is to reduce notification spam as more and more apps have started to send push notifications more frequently. As of now, all apps are able to send notifications by default and from the moment they get installed. The team is now considering making app notifications an opt-in feature with Android 13, just like how other app permissions are.
A new feature called The Android Resource Economy (TARE) is under development. It is more like an energy management feature and will work via AlarmManage and JobScheduler policies. It seems like the feature will be responsible for prioritizing app tasks based on the battery level to improve power efficiency.
Lastly, Android 13 will likely allow users to choose their preferred clock layout for the lock screen. The choice will be between double-line and single-line layouts. Google currently offers a double-line layout on Android 12 by default which switches to a single-line layout whenever notifications arrive. There are users who have shared their interest in having a single-line layout all the time and that is exactly why Google is considering offering a choice.