Everything you need to know about Android 13

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So let’s take a look at all the new features we’ve found so far in Android 13, when the stable build is slated to release, and what devices are eligible for the beta. Google will release four public beta versions of Android 13 before the stable release sometime in the fall. We didn’t quite get a confirmed timeline as to when the stable build will be available, but if Android 12 and earlier versions of the OS were any indication, it should be available a few weeks before the October hardware launch window where the Pixel 7 series is slated to debut. Google already shared that the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will launch with Android 13 out of the box, so we should be getting the stable release sometime at the end of August.

Here’s all you need to know about Android’s most recent version. Google is hard at work on Android 13, and due to beta releases, we’re getting a sneak peek at some of the new features. The first beta was released in February, but it was just for developers; the public beta was released in April, and Google recently released Beta 2 on May 11. Android 13 Beta 2 is only the second release; there will be two more betas before the final version is released later this fall. Google launched the third-party beta programme to coincide with the release of Beta 2, with the top Android phones now allowed to participate.

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  • That said, there are a few tweaks to Material You that make it just that little bit better. You now get themed icons that work with third-party apps, so if you’ve selected a particular palette, that look will now work across the board. Along these lines, we’re also getting more color palettes, and while the Material You aesthetic hasn’t made its way to other manufacturers, that may well change with Android 13. A big change in Android 13 is the ability to set languages on a per-app basis, so if you speak two different languages, you can now easily change languages within an app and not at the system level.

  • As always, Pixel devices are first in line to get the Android 13 beta builds, and if you’re using a Pixel 4 or later, you can install Android 13 Beta 2 right now without having to erase the data on your phone. Here’s the list of eligible Pixels for Android 13. If you don’t have a Pixel but are interested in trying out the beta, you can do so on the devices listed below: There are a few caveats: Pixels are getting the Beta 2 build at the moment, but third-party devices are only eligible for the first Android 13 beta. So if you’re using a Find X5 Pro, Xiaomi 12, Nokia X20, or other devices in the list, know that you don’t necessarily get the latest Android 13 build.

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site’s coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

Google is also introducing a QR code scanner that sits within the notification shade, making it instantly available from the lock screen. Other changes include a rounded media player in the notification shade, a private photo picker that lets you share photos securely, and opt-in notifications. With two beta releases scheduled for June and July, we should see a lot more user-facing changes in Android 13 over the next two months. This year’s Android 13 release isn’t going to see as many marquee features, with Google instead focusing on privacy and security updates and making tweaks to Material You. That said, it will be very interesting to see how Android 13 evolves over the coming months, so stay tuned for more.

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