Official Release of Android 13: Discover Exciting Changes and Features.

Android 13: A Side-by-Side Comparison with Android 12.1 on Pixel Devices

Hello everyone, and welcome to the channel! Today, Google released Android 13 for Pixel devices, and I have it installed on the Pixel 6a. In this article, I’ll be comparing it side-by-side with Android 12.1 on the Pixel 5 to show you what’s new. Let’s dive in!

Lock Screen

Let’s start with the lock screen. On the left, I have Android 12.1 on the Pixel 5, and on the right, I have Android 13 on the Pixel 6a. The first change is the animation. If you have notifications on your lock screen and Always-On Display is activated, when you tap on it, you’ll notice that notifications will expand smoothly on Android 13, but on Android 12.1, they will slide from the bottom. If you have multiple unread notifications, they appear in a much smaller pill-shaped container instead of the larger one like before.

Additionally, the media controls on Android 13 look entirely different, which I’ll discuss in more detail later. Moving on to the unlocking keypad, the numbers now appear at the bottom instead of the top. If the pin code is incorrect, you’ll see a new animation. The Emergency Call button has been renamed to Emergency, and another new animation is visible when you activate the feature.

The keypad also matches the new design of the Phone app. Under the lock screen settings, we have a new toggle called Control from Locked Device, which allows you to control your smart home devices without unlocking your phone. Finally, the unlocking animation on Android 13 looks different compared to Android 12.1.

Material View

Now, let’s talk about the new changes in Material view. If you go to the Wallpaper & Style app, you’ll notice a lot more options to choose from under the Wallpaper & Basic Colors categories. For example, instead of a maximum of four sets of wallpaper colors to choose from, there are four different sets available. The new set of colors called Dual Colors contains two basic colors at the same time instead of only one.

Home Screen

The most noticeable change on the home screen is the bigger and thicker home navigation bar compared to Android 12.1. This change looks better, but in some apps like Facebook, for example, you’ll see a bigger black bar at the bottom of the screen. This black bar at the bottom of the screen depends mainly on the developer and how the app is created because you won’t see it in native Google apps and other third-party apps either.

The second change is the noticeably smaller font used in the app shortcuts. There is a new lens icon in the Google Search widget, and the gap between the drop targets at the top is now smaller with Android 13. Additionally, the suggested apps rolling effect is back again with the final build of Android 13 after being removed from the previous beta versions.

Apps Screen

When it comes to the Apps screen, the first change is that if you have two apps in a split-screen view, you won’t see the drag and drop buttons like before. The second change is the new animation you get when you tap on the Select button. Additionally, when you try to drag and drop items from the recent apps screen, you’ll see only three recent contacts instead of four like Android 12.

System-Wide Search

Now, let’s talk about the system-wide search. When you go to the Home settings and then search your phone, you’ll see a new option called Always Show Keyboard that didn’t exist before. Your only way to access this option on Android 12 was by tapping the ellipses at the top-right corner. Additionally, you’ll notice a noticeably smaller overlay card. You can also search for your screenshots directly from the system-wide search.

Unfortunately, Google removed some of the features we saw in the previous betas of Android 13, such as the ability to search YouTube and Google Maps directly from the system-wide search. Google only kept their Play Store shortcut and removed the ability to access the system-wide search from the home screen. Moreover, the web suggestions are also removed from the system-wide search, and all we get are local results.

Notification Shade and Quick Settings

The first change is in the expand animation on the notification shade. As you swipe down slowly, you’ll notice totally different animations in both. Moving on to the Quick Settings, there are more options in Android 13, including the ability to toggle the One-Handed Mode on or off, the Scan QR Code option, and the Color Correction tile that can turn the feature on or off.

The Screen Record option now gives you the option to activate the Show Touches on Screen preference, which wasn’t the case in 12. Additionally, the Device Control style has been renamed to Home, and the icon has been updated. Lastly, if you go inside the Home page, you’ll notice a small arrow next to My Smart Speakers that doesn’t exist in Android 12.1.

The power settings and the Edit buttons are now placed differently, with the settings on power at the bottom right corner and the Edit button on top of them. Furthermore, the power button has a fill color when you expand the Internet Time and then tap on the See All button to access the settings, and the card itself will expand into the settings page on Android 13. However, in Android 12.1, it will dismiss your notification shade first and then go to the Internet page.

If you have any apps running in the background like YouTube Music, for example, you’ll see a new task manager with Android 13 that will show you how many apps are running with the ability to stop each app by tapping on this button. The Screencast tile got a redesigned overlay card that has Material You support and matches the device theme, using a dark color. The tiles are also slightly thinner in Android 13 when compared to 12.1, and it’s more noticeable in the edit mode.

The Internet tile has a highlight on your mobile network if you’re using cellular data with Android 13, and Google is using a smaller font which makes the card shorter.

Media Controls

Lastly, let’s talk about the media controls. They got a complete redesign with Android 13. First of all, the album art now fills the entire background instead of showing only as a thumbnail with a solid background. Additionally, the buttons are now outlined instead of using actual text.

Alright, that’s it for the side-by-side comparison of Android 13 with Android 12.1 on Pixel devices. I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, and I’ll get back to you soon. Thank you for reading!

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