Let’s get one thing out of the way here: Android 13 absolutely isn’t your average Android update.
There’s no way around it: Google’s most recent Android version looks pretty ho-hum on the surface. It almost seems like a subtle refinement to last year’s far more consequential-feeling Android 12 release, with few marquee features and the appearance of more polish than progression.
The reality is much more complicated. Android 13 actually is significant — monumentally so. In fact, it may ultimately prove to be one of Android’s most important releases. But its most consequential changes are aimed at the tablet and foldable front, and most of us won’t feel the full effect of their presence quite yet.