We got a fresh and detailed look at Android 13 at Google I/O. The successor to Android 12 was first announced in February and is currently in beta (here’s how to get it now). Google’s new operating system will be available to the public this fall, with more Material You personalizations, enhanced privacy and security tools, expanded RCS messaging support, a revamped Google Wallet, and improved integrations with Chromebooks, watches, TVs, cars, and smart home devices. The new software makes Android and Google’s vast software ecosystem more competitive with Apple’s extensive software and services portfolio. The evidence is in the numbers.
For the first time, Google revealed the number of Android phone activations, which will surpass 1 billion by 2021. According to Sameer Samat, vice president of product management for Android and Google Play, there are more than 3 billion active Android devices monthly.
These statistics, combined with Samsung’s four-year commitment to major Android OS updates, place Google in a unique position. It must support a wide range of phones, both old and new, as well as tablets and foldables. Fortunately, Android 13 demonstrates that Google is ready and eager to keep its crown jewel OS customizable and up to date, while also providing Android phone owners with a more seamless experience across multiple devices. Google highlighted improvements to existing features as well as support for features in more countries.
Android 13 is still in beta. Visit Google’s Android Beta website for more information.