Android 13 to simplify media transfer with the “tap” function

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While Android 12 is still being rolled out to most people, Google is deeply developing on Android 13. According to a new report, Google is adding a “tap-to-transfer” feature to Android 13 for moving media between devices.

Android police received UI demos created by Google to show off a new “Media TTT” feature debuting in Android 13. The feature will apparently allow devices running Android 13 to cast media from their phone to a nearby speaker or other device by simply getting close to that source.

When this feature is used, a “chip” notification appears to appear at the top of the display when a user approaches a compatible source, with an “undo” button appearing to reverse a failed media transfer.

There are a lot of unknowns to this feature, but it seems to work similarly to what Apple recently enabled with iPhones and HomePod devices. On the Apple side, the feature works with the “U1” chip, a trendy term for ultra-broadband. The same technology is showing up on a few Android devices, including the Pixel 6 Pro and Samsung’s latest flagships, but it is far from mass adoption.

Given the “tap” description, it also seems possible that Google plans to use NFC for this feature. In any case, it’s currently unclear whether this new feature will work with other Android phones, speakers, TVs, smartwatches, or a mix of everything.

Regardless of the intricacies, this is certainly an exciting idea and reason to look forward to Android 13’s debut in the months ahead.

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