Android 13 will include a feature designed to improve gaming performance, suggests a developer working on a cloud platform specializing in Google’s mobile operating system.
From what I remember reading, Google is introducing a new power hint to increase the CPU when a game is loading something. Through a new GameState API, games can communicate their current state to the platform. This feature is planned for Android 13, based on a new VTS test.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) January 26, 2022
Mishaal Rahman noted on Twitter that the feature is an API designed to give the processor more power by detecting that Android 13 is running a video game. Broadly speaking, the API will allow video games to inform Android of their execution, so that the operating system in turn sends a boost of energy to the CPU to significantly improve loading speed.
In other words, it would be a kind of overclockbut only to speed up load times.
Rahman said on Twitter that the API has been identified as “GAME_LOADING” and that it is undergoing hardware-level testing at systems on chip (SoC), so a compatible chipset will be required to access the feature.
Despite this, it is expected that the function will be integrated by default in the new generation of smartphones that arrive from the factory with Android 13.
In addition, he said that Google has already published a patch to update the HAL power module of Pixel phones that will update from Android 12 to Android 13. Some of the models that will update are Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a, and Pixel 5.
The new version of Google’s mobile operating system should be launched in the fall of 2022 together with the Pixel 7.
Before the final release, Google should offer a developer test version, which could be available in February, as was the case with Android 12.
It is common for Google to release at least three builds test for developers.