Android 13â€™s most obvious UI change is a redesign of the lockscreen and notification shade media player. However, not all music, podcasts, and audio apps have been updated to support them yet, and hereâ€™s our running list of what controls have been modernized.
Original 8/18: The Android 13 media controls start with a new size thatâ€™s taller than what was on Android 12. (Thereâ€™s a compact version, but only in landscape mode.) This allows for a larger cover art preview, though itâ€™s a rectangular crop instead of showing the complete square artwork, like before.
The responsible appâ€™s icon appears in the top-left corner, while the device output switcher remains opposite it. Song/podcast name and artist appear next in the lines below.
On apps that have been optimized (or target) Android 13, the play/pause button (which morphs from circle to rounded square, and vice versa, on tap) appears at the right edge. Itâ€™s a delightful touch thatâ€™s followed by the absolutely whimsical progress bar that squiggles to note what youâ€™ve already listened to.
Android 12 vs. 13
Apps that arenâ€™t updated for Android 13 still have the squiggling, but the bottom row is very packed because every button is located on a single line. The progress bar is at the far left with up to five actions appearing. Newer applications flank that line with next/back or forward/rewind, while remaining actions are shown at the right.
As of Android 13â€™s launch this week, very few big apps have been updated, but there are a handful of first-party clients where you can experience the new player.
Optimized for Android 13:
- Google Podcasts: Part of the Google app
- Chrome: When playing media from the web
- YouTube Music
- YouTube: Now in stable
- Google Play Books: With version 2022.8+
- (Google Pixel) Recorder: Transcript playback with version 3.7
- SoundCloud: Version 2022.11.16 targets API 33. Itâ€™s still rolling out via the Play Store, and does not support any additional actions beyond play/pause, next/back, and scrubbing.
Old vs. new
Major apps that havenâ€™t been updated:
- Apple Music
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