Last month, Google kicked off the first developer preview of the upcoming Android 13 OS. The first DP brought a big list of changes and improvements to Privacy, Materia You, language controls, and more. Google now seeds the second developer preview of Android 13 with more new features, improvements, and enhancements. Today’s release acquired built-in features from recently released Android 12L. Read along to know more about the Android 13 Developer Preview 2 update.
Google seeds the new build of Android 13 DP with TPP2.220218.010 version number, available for Pixel 4 and newer models. The new OTA bags up with the newly released March 2022 security patch. Along with the release of the first developer preview, Google also shared a detailed timeline for the next iteration of the world’s biggest operating system. Sticking with the timeline announced last month, we have the second developer preview released in March, beta will join sometime in April.
Moving to the changes, then the second DP brings Android 12L feature drop for big-screen phones and tablets, updated media controls in the notification panel, pinned settings and power toggles, New font and Display size controls, improved privacy with Notification permissions, and more enhancements across the system.
With Android 13, apps will need to request notifications permission before pushing it to the user’s smartphone, user can also withdraw the permission of apps already sending notifications.
Other than that, improved Japanese text wrapping, improved line heights for non-latin scripts, Text Conversion APIs for people who speak Chinese and Japenese, and use phonetic lettering input methods, support for COLR version 1 font and system emoji, Bluetooth LE Audio support, MIDI 2.0, and some more features. 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 second 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, if you’re in 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%.
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