Android 13

Google provided the very first developers preview version that is Android 13. It’s important to understand that this is just an “first look” at the forthcoming OS and is meant to be used by developers only. The first beta version to be released to the general public is expected to be available in April, and the official version of Android 13 is scheduled for later in July.

To review the entire timetable Google’s released it, we can expect another developer preview in the in the coming month, followed by an open beta in April, and another in May. Then, two builds that have “Platform Stability” (release candidates that other companies refer to them) in July and June.

We’ll now examine what’s new. With a renewed attention to security and privacy at its base, Android 13 brings a new system-wide photo picker that acts as a standard and efficient way to share photos from local storage and cloud-based sources securely. It is a step further than is already the Android document editor does by letting you upload files without having to be granted access to any media stored on the device, to also pick images and videos as well. It will eventually be available “to more Android users” via Google Play updates for all devices that run Android 11 or higher (except Android Go).

Concerning Google Play updates, these will be able to cover “more of Android”, with the addition of new modules to the update system.

The next step is that applications will have the ability find connections to devices nearby through Wi-Fi, without needing location permission. The procedure of adding customized tile tiles into Quick Settings can be simplified using a brand new API along with a new dialog for the system that lets you add tiles from within the application.

The Material You dynamically adjusting color engine extends in Android 13 to all app icons, not jus Google’s. Of course, developers will have to provide compatible icons for their apps for this to work. These custom icons will be available on Pixels at first, but Google promises it will work with its device manufacturer partners to bring them to more phones.

You also get a per-app language preference in Android 13, which should suit multilingual users nicely.

If you’re a developer interested in trying out this build of Android 13 then you are able to apply a system-image to the Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5, with 5G connectivity, Pixel 5a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4. The build is named TPP1.220114.001.