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Android 13 Tipped For September Launch

The next generation of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 13, may be released before their very own next generation smartphone, the Pixel 7.

According to Google’s August security bulletin, Android 13 is set for a “default security patch level of 2022-09-01.” As Google releases security patches monthly, this is a pretty big indicator that Android 13 is set for release in September. The Android 13 Beta is already available for the recently released Pixel 6a.

Previous rumours have suggested that Android 13 will have a major focus on privacy and security, potentially ditch SIM cards and allow users to control torch brightness.

While the Google Pixel 7 is almost certainly going to be the first device shipped with the new OS, this means that older devices will get the upgrade first.

There is a catch to the new rumour however. The version in question set for a September release is the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version, which typically doesn’t feature on most smartphones. Current Google Pixel owners might be in luck however, as their update generally comes on the same day as the AOSP.

While a specific date is yet to be announced, Droid Life believes it is set for a September 6th launch. The updates usually come on the first Monday of the month, however that would be September 5th, which is labor day, meaning it is likely to get shifted to the next day.

Non-Google device users will likely get the update weeks or months later.

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