Something to look forward to: Google’s first developer preview of Android 13, codenamed “Tiramisu”, is still a couple of months away, but recent screenshots suggest there will be several usability and quality of life improvements in the next big release. Notably, Google is also offering a new credit system for apps to optimize battery usage.
A visual overhaul of Android 12 with Google’s Material You design language means the next version will mainly include internal improvements and features. We can probably expect the first developer preview of Android 13 to be out by February, however screenshots of an early build have been leaked. general from XDA Developers go into detail about some of the features Google is currently working on.
One is the ability to set the language for individual apps, which is a benefit for multilingual users who can, for example, customize their shopping / product app to their local language without affecting the rest of the system.
While some apps currently support multiple languages with their own customizations, the native Android 13 implementation for each app is part of Google’s “Panlingual” feature, which is likely to see much wider adoption when it becomes available.
Another upcoming feature is the addition of runtime permissions for app notifications to reduce spam and distractions. Android already has a robust system for handling notifications by priority and type, as well as the ability to completely block them.
However, this new implementation offers a simpler but more powerful approach for interested users, which allows them to enable / disable app notifications in a similar way to how other permissions such as Camera, Location, or Microphone are handled.
While the ubiquitous battery life issue continues to be addressed with higher capacity packages, Google is aiming to offer yet another battery optimization software feature called Android Resource Saver, or TARE.
This feature essentially balances app usage and battery life by leveraging existing Android APIs and services to charge apps based on battery levels.
In addition to the active and passive battery conservation measures already in place, TARE could potentially lead to longer times between charges as developers further optimize their apps (or are motivated) to use these credits more efficiently, resulting in lower power consumption.
Android users can expect more exciting new discoveries as the first developer preview, codenamed Tiramisu, approaches its release sometime in mid-February.