Google releases Android 13 update for Pixel phones

It is that time of the year when Google seeds a new Android version on the Pixel phones. Yes, the Android 13 is officially out! This year, the big Android upgrade comes a little earlier than usual. There’s no doubt Android 13 is a major release of Android, but, it also refines the features released with Android 12 last year. The update bags a flurry of useful features, enhanced security, and improvements to the eligible phones. If you own a Pixel, then you can now upgrade your phone to the stable Android 13 update.

Google rolls out the stable Android 13 build with the TP1A.220624.021 firmware version on the Pixel 6 and Pro, while the newly released Pixel 6a picks up the new software TP1A.220624.021.A1 build number. If you own the previous generation Pixel phone then the new update is labeled with the TP1A.220624.014 build.

Currently, the new software is available for unlocked models, it will also be released to locked carrier models soon.

Android 13 brings the ability to customize non-Google apps icons, thanks to the upgraded Material You color theming. The new software also brings more color schemes for home screen wallpapers.

Android 13 stable update

The update comes with a new feature which allows you to set languages on a per-app basis, and a totally-redesigned music player is yet another key feature in Android 13 which automatically adjust its looks based on the song you’re listening.

Android 13 stable update

Moving to the security and privacy section, then the new update bags an option to share specific photos or albums with an app instead of sharing a complete library, Android will automatically clear the clipboard history to prevent any unwanted access, and the much-awaited notifications permission is yet another cool new privacy feature on the Android 13. Yes, you can now choose apps from which you want to receive notifications.

Android 13 stable update

Android 13 is a feature-packed upgrade for the Pixel phones, the update bags Spatial Audio feature for compatible headphones, ability to copy the content on the phone and paste it onto the tablet is coming soon, the new upgrade also brings improvements to the multi-tasking on tablets alongside a bunch of new features for big screen devices, brings support to Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio, and more new features.

As I said earlier, Android 13 is a feature-packed upgrade, the above-mentioned features are officially confirmed by Google. But that’s not mean it only bundles these features, yes, the newer version of Android houses a big list of small features as well. Google also addresses a big list of issues with this upgrade, move onto this page to see the list of fixes.

In terms of availability, the Android 13 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, Pixel 6a, and Pixel 6 Pro.

Before you install Android 13 on your Pixel, just want to mention that you can’t downgrade from Android 13.

If you own an eligible Google Pixel smartphone, then you can now upgrade your phone to the new software. All you need to do is open the Settings app, then head over to the System settings followed by System update, now check for the new updates. If there’s a new upgrade you can hit the download and install button to install it on your phone or you can wait for some hours to receive the OTA.

If you’re in a hurry, then you can manually sideload the OTA Image or Factory Image to update your Pixel phone to the latest Android 13 update. But for that, you need Android 13 stable image that you can download by going to this page.

You can also check out this guide to Installing Android 13 stable 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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By Haneet Singh

Haneet is a passionate tech writer and a consumer. He loves tinkering with the newest tech - smartphones, wearables, laptops, smart TVs, and other smart home devices. For tips, you can connect Haneet at [email protected]

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