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Android 13 (Go edition) declared with Material You, Google Play System Updates, and more

Google declared and detailed Android 13 (Go edition) today with a few sizable changes to the user experience and underlying technical functionality gathered under “reliability, usability and customization” tentpoles.

It begins with Material You and wallpaper-derived Dynamic Color creating “four corresponding color schemes to choose from” (rather than 16 on the full release). Google showed theming on the lock screen and Quick Settings, which is almost indistinguishable from Pixel phones. Last year’s Go launch skipped out on the design aspects to focus on adding a slew of user-facing features.

On the homescreen, swiping right currently takes you to a “Discover” feed. It’s hazy assuming that it will be indistinguishable, however this could make for a sizable development for the “curated list of articles and other content” that is a staple on any remaining gadgets. Other key features from the full version include Notification Permissions and App Language Preferences.

Under-the-hood, Android 13 (Go edition) adds support for Google Play System Updates (Project Mainline) that makes a difference “ensure devices can regularly receive important software updates, outside of the major Android release” by means of the Play Store. Google says this won’t think twice about “storage availability on the device.” Another big change is Google expecting something like 2GB of RAM for Android Go hardware.

The result is a phone that keeps awake to date over time — and you don’t need to sit tight for the next release or a software push from your phone’s producer to have the latest and greatest.

Google likewise shared today that “there are now over 250 million monthly active devices powered by Android Go” and that to expect new Android 13 Go gadgets in 2023.

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