The first public beta of Android 13 is now available

The first public beta of Android 13 is now available

For more about the public beta, including which Pixel phones can run it, and how to get it, see Pocket-lint’s Android 13 guide. Google already revealed Android 13’s most interesting features when it announced the developer preview earlier this year. The standout changes include support for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio, a way to restrict which photos an app can access, app icon theming options, and a notifications permission for eliminating spam. The public beta also added a couple of under-the-hood improvements, such as a new app permission for accessing shared media files in local storage. It will now be specific to the type of media an app needs to access (like images and video) instead of allowing access to all files.

Anyone with a Pixel device can now test the first public beta of Android 13, as long as they have a suitable Pixel device. Android 13 has gone to the public beta stage after two months as a developer preview. This is perfectly on track. Google stated on Tuesday that anyone who is already using the developer preview should get the new public beta instantly. You can install the beta on a compatible Pixel device if you weren’t in the developer preview. Just make sure it’s your backup device, because the public beta may still contain problems and glitches.

Highlights

  • The best mobile phone deals for the Samsung S21, iPhone 12, Google Pixel 4a / 5, OnePlus 8T and more. The Android 13 public beta has arrived ahead of Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, happening in May. I/O should serve as the place where Google officially announces Android 13 and demos some of its new features and capabilities. Keep in mind the beta isn’t a final, stable release of Android 13. That’ll arrive later this year for newer Android devices.