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(Pocket-lint) – The first public beta of Android 13 is now available for anyone to test – provided you have a compatible Pixel device.
After two months in a developer preview, and just as expected, Android 13 has moved into public beta. Google announced on Tuesday that anyone already running the developer preview should automatically receive the new public beta. For those who weren’t in the developer preview, you can install the beta on a supported Pixel device. Just make sure this is your secondary device, as the public beta can still introduce bugs and cause issues.
For more on the public beta, including which Pixel phones can run it, and how to get it, check out Pocket-lint’s Android 13 guide.
Google already revealed the coolest features of Android 13 when it announced the developer preview earlier this year. The most notable changes include support for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio, a way to restrict which photos an app can access, app icon theming options, and notifications permission to eliminate the spam. The public beta also added some substantive improvements, like new permission to access shared media files in local storage. It will now be specific to the type of media an app needs to access (like images and videos) instead of allowing access to all files.
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Android 13 public beta arrived ahead of Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, which will take place in May. The I/O should be where Google officially announces Android 13 and demonstrates some of its new features and capabilities. Keep in mind that the beta is not a final, stable version of Android 13. This will arrive later in the year for newer Android devices.
Written by Maggie Tillman.