Leaked Android 13 build reveals what Google is preparing for mobile phones next year


While some smartphone companies have not yet revealed their interfaces based on Android 12 (Xiaomi for example), and Google continues to work on the upcoming Android 12.1 update soon or what will be known as Android 12L, which will carry major changes in the user interface for tablets and foldable devices, the XDA Developers website got an already has an initial build image of the Android 13 operating system expected to be released late next year from what the website called a source with a high degree of confidence, and revealed some of the features that the next major Android update.

And since the first developer preview version of Android 13 is still months away from now, these features, discovered by XDA, that we will mention in this article may be deleted or postponed by Google during the development stage for a later version of Android.

The first feature that Android 13 or Android T, known by the code name Tiramisu, is the ability to set a custom language for each app. This feature will allow users to choose a custom language for each installed application directly from the system settings, which is a long-awaited feature from users, especially those who speak or understand more than one language.

 While any application can currently allow users to set the language they prefer within their applications, many of them do not offer this 

option to users, forcing them to change the entire device language, to only use a specific application in a specific language.

In Android 13, a new "App Languages" setting is now available under Settings --> System --> Languages & Input menu. Selecting this option allows you to select an installed application and change its language without affecting the language of the rest of the system. Users will also be able to access it from the “App info” screen.

As a simple note, the app must contain the required files for the custom language in which the user wants to use the app, to use this feature, unless Google provides a certain mechanism to translate the contents of the apps directly into the Android operating system in the future.

Android T is also supposed to come with a useful feature that makes app notifications an “opt-in feature” on Android, which means that the ability to display notifications for apps in the system will be optional, as users will be asked to choose between allowing or disallowing notifications in each app individually as is the case Currently with Camera, Storage, Location and Microphone permissions.

Undoubtedly, this feature will be very useful to get rid of some annoying applications notifications, easily and with one click, instead of the long way you can block these notifications in the current versions of Android.

With Android 13, Google is expected to lay the foundations for a feature called "TARE", short for "Android Resource Economy". TARE primarily focuses on managing power usage on the device.

There is still little information we know about this feature, but the TARE feature is supposed to give apps what looks like credits or currency tied to the device's battery level, which they will use to perform out their operations in the device.

This new feature may allow making limits on the operations performed or scheduled by the application, to force developers to make their applications only perform their main tasks without more of their additional activities that waste battery power.

In short and according to my understanding, this feature will enable the system to limit the number of operations that each application performs, which will contribute to the preservation of the battery. As we said, there is nothing clear enough about this feature, and we will have to wait for Google to reveal it officially, for more information.

Last but not least, Android 13 will provide users with a setting to force the system to always display the single-line clock layout on the lock screen. In the current Android version, the lock screen shows the two-line square clock layout that switches to the single-line layout, just if there are notifications on it.

This new setting will enable users to always have the simple clock look in one line instead of the square shape in the center of the lock screen, and as I said, this is just a setting that you can turn on or off at any time to get the look you like on your phone's lock screen.

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