Android 13 Beta 1 Update
Google has finally released the first public Beta version of Android 13 following the company's previously released schedule, the update is now available to users of the Pixel users . The compatible pixel phones are as follows: Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro. However the other brands will gradually be able to join the beta program in the coming weeks.
Android 13 Beta 1: Top new features?
Android 13 Beta 1 includes the latest updates to features as the company announced earlier, like the new notification permission, photo picker, themed app icons, improved localization and language support, and more. Beta 1 also introduces a small number of new features. Here are the top new features hidden inside Android 13;
- A new Media player playback progress bar.
- Control smart home devices while your phone is locked.
- Screenshot-like clipboard notifications.
- Increased "Material You" color options
- Haptic feedback returns in Silent mode.
- Priority mode reverted to “Do Not Disturb”
- A new Media player playback progress bar- Google adjusted the media player progress bar . This progress bar now takes the form of a dashed line rather than a straight, flat line. This broken line is reserved for the part already listened to. This change allows you to see at a glance where you are in the progress of a title.
- Control smart home devices while your phone is locked - The update also enables control of all connected devices in your smart home even if your smartphone is locked . It is no longer necessary to unlock your phone, with your fingerprint or your face, before turning on a connected bulb or activating your connected thermostat.
- Screenshot-like clipboard notifications - The clipboard is leveling up in Android 13 Beta 1 with a new screenshot-like UI that will pop up in the bottom-left of your display when you copy on-screen text. That’s not all, as when you tap the edit icon, a brand-new UI will pop up that will show you just what app or UI section the text has been copied from. From here you can also adjust and fine-tune the copied text as you see fit, similar to a screenshot, you will be able to modify the copied element. Similar feature is found in iOS.
- Increased "Material You" color options - Android relies on the tints of your wallpaper to personalize the interface of your smartphone. The mobile OS allows you to refuse the use of the colors of your wallpaper. By going to the settings, it is possible to choose several themes. Google enriches the offer with 16 color options . It is also possible to combine colors to create the interface that you like best.
- Haptic feedback returns in Silent mode - Android 13 beta 1 also adds haptic feedback vibrations when interacting with the interface. When you type text or tap the screen with silent mode on, you'll feel a slight vibration coming from the haptic motor under the touch screen. It is obviously possible to adjust, or even delete, these effects directly in the sound and vibration menu of your smartphone.
- Priority mode reverted to “Do Not Disturb” - There are also a host of small, minor changes. For example, Android 13 Beta 1 reverts to the original name of “Do Not Disturb Mode”. A previous beta version for developers had indeed renamed the mode “priority mode”. Note also that the Google Calendar app icon will now display the exact date rather than a 31.
- The new version of the operating system is enriched with a new measure aimed at protecting user data. From now on, it is possible to limit the access of an application to a category of files. Indeed, it is not uncommon for an Android app to request access to a phone's storage. Until now, the user had to provide access to all stored files. With Android 13, you can choose to give access to photos, videos or audio files. an application specializing in audio will no longer obtain access to your photos for no reason.
How to Install Android 13 Beta 1 on your Google Pixel phone (Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro)?
As we know that, the beta version intended for the general public is much easier to install than the versions confined to developers. To be able to install the update, all you have to do is join the beta program. Here's how to do it:
- Visit the Android 13 Beta Program page in a web browser on mobile or desktop here.
- Next, Click on the View eligible devices button to go to your Pixel device list.
- Choose your pixel device listed there and click on the Opt in button under the Pixel phone you want to install the Android 13 Beta.
- Choose a beta program to opt into. You have the choice of Android 12 Beta Program or Android 13 Beta Program.
- If you're currently on Android 13 Developer Preview 2, you'll automatically be enrolled in the Android 13 Beta Program and receive an OTA update.
- Scroll through the terms and conditions page, then check the "I agree to the terms of the beta program" box.
- Hit the Confirm and enroll button to finish up here.
- Now your Pixel device has been signed up for the Android 13 Beta Program.