Android 13 is suggested to include tap-to-transfer playback feature similar to Apple’s Handoff feature

Android 13 is still several months away, but details of a new audio and media-related feature have been spotted online in the works for the next iteration of Google’s operating system for smartphones. Google is reportedly working on a new feature that could allow users to transfer media playback between devices. The feature could offer similar functionality to Apple’s Handoff feature that allows iPhone owners to transfer media to and from the company’s HomePod speakers. According to another report, Google is also working on redesigning the operating system’s output picker for media on Android 13.

In a mockup of a new user interface of a “media tap to transfer” (TTT) workflow sourced by Android Police, Google is working on a feature to notify users on their Android phones (or “media cast sender” devices). Used to be. of audio devices (or “media cast receiver” devices) available nearby. According to the report, this feature may work with Google’s casting protocol, which is used in Chromecast devices and its smart speakers.

It is also worth noting that the demo of the feature leaked by Android Police shows a small on-screen chip that advises the user to move closer to the device to play audio. According to the report, this suggests that the feature could use hardware on a user’s device such as an ultra-wideband (UWB) chip or Near Field Communication (NFC). Apple currently supports similar functionality with the HomePod speaker as part of its Handoff feature. However, it is currently unclear whether Google devices will be supported or whether the functionality will be available for other devices.

Meanwhile, according to another report by Android Police, Google may be redesigning the audio output picker for the next Android version, or Android 13. Output picker is a feature that was added in Android 10 that allows users to select from a list. The number of devices available that can play music near them, such as smart speakers, wireless earbuds, and more. In a work-in-progress on the new output picker sourced by Android Police, Google gives the picker rounded corners, redesigned the volume slider showing the device name, the active device indicated with a tick , while unavailable devices are grayed out. ,

Since the next version of Android is still several months away from being released, it is too early to tell whether the MTT feature will be available in its current form, or whether it will be available for the next Android release as well. Google may also decide to keep this feature for a longer period of time, such as the scrolling screenshot feature that wasn’t ready for Android 11 at the time. Similarly, the redesigned output picker could see improvements or redesigns before the next version of Android (or Android 13). ) is released later this year.

This week is Google I/O time on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, as we discuss Android 12, Wear OS, and more. Later (starting at 27:29), we jump to Army of the Dead, Zack Snyder’s Netflix zombie heist movie. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

Get the latest from the Consumer Electronics Show on Gadgets 360 on our CES 2022 hub.