Google releases Android 13 beta 4 for Pixel phones, official build is next!

Google kicks off the final beta of Android 13 for Pixel phones, yes, the Android 13 beta 4 is out. The new update comes one month after the platform stability build – Android 13 beta 3. The latest build is not rolling with new features, more like a release candidate build for Pixel phones and Android Emulator for developers. Yes, the latest patch comes in with system-wide improvements and fixes. Read along to know more about the Android 13 beta 4 update.

Google plants the fourth beta of Android 13 with a TPB4.220624.005 build number. It is a pretty small upgrade compared to all previously released beta patches and weighs only 79MB in size. The new software will also bump up the monthly security patch version to July 2022. If your Google Pixel is running on beta 3.3, then you’ll receive the new update over the air. As mentioned earlier, it doesn’t bring any major change but still, you can upgrade for better performance.

Speaking of the changes, then this build is primarily for developers to complete the testing of apps on the upcoming version of Android. For others, this build brings bug fixes and system-wide enhancements. In its blog post, Google says developers should prepare for these changes:

  • Runtime permission for notifications – Android 13 introduces a new runtime permission for sending notifications from an app. Make sure you understand how the new permission works, and plan on targeting Android 13 (API 33) as soon as possible. More here.
  • Clipboard preview – Make sure your app hides sensitive data in Android 13’s new clipboard preview, such as passwords or credit card information. More here.
  • JobScheduler prefetch – JobScheduler now tries to anticipate the next time your app will be launched and will run any associated prefetch jobs ahead of that time. If you use prefetch jobs, test that they are working as expected. More here.

Like the previously released beta builds, the new version is available to all Pixel phones starting from Pixel 4. This includes Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro. If you’re using any of these Pixel phones, then you can easily update your device to the fourth beta. You will receive the Beta 4 update as OTA directly on your device. You can also check for the update manually by going to the Software Update section under Settings.

Yes, you can also install the OTA Image or Factory Image to update your Pixel phone to the latest Android 13 Beta 4 But for that, you need Android 13 Beta 4 files that you can download by going to this page.

You can also check out this guide to Installing Android 13 Beta using OTA Images and Factory Image.

Before updating your phone, make sure to take a backup of important data and also charge your phone to at least 50%.

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