Android 12L is still waiting for its complete deployment on compatible devices. Google is continuing to move forward to working on its next release Android 13. Tiramisu if you want to go by the codename. Although there is not much known about the upcoming Android version. But according to the latest tip, the new version might feature a tap to transfer feature for media playback.
Tap-to-Transfer Playback Feature in Works
Android Police has shared a supposed Google UI demo mockup for a new feature in Android 13. Labelled as a “Media TTT” workflow — the “TTT” part is for “tap to transfer”. The screenshots show off a small message at the top of the display, which reads “Move closer to play on DEMO” in one image. Whereas, “Playing on DEMO” on the other. The latter popup also has an Undo button. Presumably, in case you accidentally walk close to a speaker and don’t want your music to start playing on it.
The feature could work with Google’s Casting protocol. This is used in its Chromecast devices and its smart speakers, according to the report. Currently, there are no other details available aside from what you see in the screenshot shared above.
On the other hand, it is worth noting that the demo of the feature leaked by Android Police shows a small on-screen chip. It is advising a user to move closer to the device in order to play audio. This suggests that the feature could use hardware on a user’s device like an Ultra-wideband (UWB) chip or Near Field Communication (NFC). Apple currently supports similar functionality with HomePod speakers as part of its Handoff feature. However, it is unclear whether Google devices will be supported, or the functionality will be available to other devices.
Other features in works for Android 13?
Meanwhile, Google could also be redesigning the audio output picker for the next Android version, or Android 13. The output picker is a feature that was added in Android 10 allowing users to select from a list of available devices that can play music near them.