Android 13 is the first sweet gift provided by Google. Yes, Google has just released the first developer preview of Android 13 for the Pixel phones. The major Android upgrade is set to bring a slew of new features and improvements to privacy, Material You, and more. Read along to know more about the Android 13 developer preview.
Before moving to the features and changes, let’s take a look at the rollout timeline shared by Google. Android 13 will stick to the developer preview phase for February and March, will be released for more users in the form of a beta build in April. The beta testing will be from April to July, the final release of Android 13 is scheduled for sometime after July.
The newest iteration of Android – Android 13 is focused on security and privacy. The latest release brings a new photo picker that lets users share photos and videos securely with apps. Google is planning to push Photo Picker to more Android devices (Android 11 or newer) through Google Play System update. Not only this, but it also allow users to discover and connect to nearby WiFi without needing location permission.
Android 13 also brings improvements to the Material You. Google extends the support of dynamic theming for app icons to all apps. Yes, not only the Google apps but in Android 13 the dynamic theming will also be applied to the other apps. Apart from that, users can easily add custom tiles for supported apps with the help of a new API.
Not only this, but the Android 13 also comes with per-app language preferences, faster hyphenation, programmable shaders, more android updates through Google Play, easier app testing, and more. You can check more details, by heading over to the Android Developers blog.
Moving to the eligibility criteria, then as for now, the Android 13 developer preview support is limited to Pixel phones. These are the eligible models – Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 4a, Pixel 4 XL, or Pixel 4 device.
If you own any of these phones and want to taste the new features of Android 13, then you can manually upgrade your smartphone to the first Developer Preview build. You can download the fresh developer preview build from this page.
Although, we don’t recommend sideloading developer preview builds on your primary phone, but if you’re in a haste and want to taste Android 13, then you can give it a try.
Before updating your phone, make sure to take a backup of important data and also charge your phone to at least 50%.