Android 12 VS Android 13

The world of Android versus Apple is constantly at war, with new products and updates being released on a regular basis. For the Android enthusiasts, here is a roundup of the latest differences between Android 12 and Android 13.


Android 12 was one of Android’s biggest technical updates, introducing a multitude of new features. So how different can 13 really be? Android has built on the sound foundation of 12 while also adding new features. There has been an upgrade to its theming and customization, there are new multitasking tools, and users will find more cross-compatibility with Chromebook and tablets.


Android 13 features a larger navigation bar than Android 12. There’s also a new method for entering a split-screen view and copy and pasting across devices. Photo Picker has also had an update, and per-app language personalization is a great new addition for bilingual users.


The changes are not massive, however, users can expect to see their phone’s usability, speed and performance improve when it has updated to Android 13.


Android 12’s introduction of Material You theming paved the way for Android 13’s feature upgrade which allows users to choose from a greater selection of colors and have more control over the aesthetic of the home and lock screens.


Google’s latest update includes per-app language personalization for those who want to have apps displayed in different languages. Android 13 users can set languages on a per-app basis so you can keep your overall system in one language and each of your apps in another. 


Android 13 focuses on better cross-device multitasking. Users who own a Chromebook can now stream messages from apps like Google Messages directly to their Chromebook. Additionally, users can copy a photo, text, video or URL from their mobile phone and paste it into their tablet or vice versa. Furthermore, an updated taskbar allows for a split-screen view that creates a multi-window experience when the user opens a second app.


In contrast to Android 12, there are enhanced audio capabilities to look forward to with Android 13. The update includes built-in Bluetooth Low Energy for lower latency, enhanced audio quality, and the ability to broadcast audio to multiple devices at the same time. Additionally, Android 13’s redesigned media player showcases the album artwork from your music, with a playback bar that pulses to the beat.


Some more noteworthy Android 13 features:

  • QR code scanner shortcut.
  • Swipe up from the bottom corners of the screen for Assistant.
  • Supports exFAT files.
  • HDR video support on third-party camera apps.
  • Smart home controls in an unlocked state.
  • Fast Pair.

Jessica Bayley

Jessica Bayley is an international author and journalist based in South Africa. She writes on international affairs, travel and is also the author of "The Ladies of Belgium"