Android 13 Beta 4 goes live for Google Pixel phones, the official release is next

Android 13 Beta 4 is now available with the latest features and changes to try for Google Pixel phones, the official release is next (How to Download
Android 13 Beta 4

Android 13 Beta 4 Update

Tech Giant Google has just released the fourth and final beta of Android 13. The official release is next, and the company says we are now "just a few weeks away" from when that hits supported Pixel devices

Google has finally rolled out the latest Android 13 beta, just weeks before the final version launches. Beta 4 of Android 13 does not include new features. Indeed, this version achieved platform stability with the rollout of the third beta in June, which means that Google is currently only focused on fixing bugs.

Google is now urging app and game developers to complete their final compatibility testing and publish their compatibility updates ahead of the final release.

What’s new in Beta 4 Update?

Android 13 Beta 4 Update includes a release candidate build of Android 13 for Pixel devices and the Android Emulator and finally, it reached Platform Stability at Beta 3, so all app-facing surfaces are final, including SDK and NDK APIs, app-facing system behaviors, and restrictions on non-SDK interfaces.
Basically, the new Android 13 beta includes almost everything for developers to test their apps for better compatibility along with the full feature set of Android 13. The early arrival of the latest beta could mean that Google s is about to launch the final version earlier this year.
Android 13 Beta 4 Update
Android 13 timeline

As posted in a blogpost; Here are some of the top changes to test:
  • Runtime permission for notifications - Android 13 introduces new runtime permission for sending notifications from an app. Make sure you understand how the new permission works, and plan on targeting Android 13 (API 33) as soon as possible. More here.
  • Clipboard preview - Make sure your app hides sensitive data in Android 13’s new clipboard preview, such as passwords or credit card information. More here.
  • JobScheduler prefetch - JobScheduler now tries to anticipate the next time your app will be launched and will run any associated prefetch jobs ahead of that time. If you use prefetch jobs, test that they are working as expected. More here.

Tablets and large-screens support

Android 13 builds on the tablet optimizations introduced in 12L, so as part of your testing, make sure your apps look their best on tablets and other large-screen devices. You can test large-screen features by setting up an Android emulator in Android Studio, or you can use a large-screen device from our Android 13 Beta partners. Here are some areas to watch for:

  • Taskbar interaction - Check how your app responds when viewed with the new taskbar on large screens. Make sure your app's UI isn't cut off or blocked by the taskbar. More here.
  • Multi-window mode - Multi-window mode is now enabled by default for all apps, regardless of app configuration, so make sure the app handles split-screen appropriately. You can test by dragging and dropping your app into split-screen mode and adjusting the window size. More here.
  • Improved compatibility experience - if your app isn’t optimized for tablets yet, such as using a fixed orientation or not being resizable, check how your app responds to compatibility mode adjustments such as letterboxing. More here.
  • Media projection - If your app uses media projection, check how your app responds while playing back, streaming, or casting media on large screens. Be sure to account for device posture changes on foldable devices as well. More here.
  • Camera preview - For camera apps, check how your camera preview UI responds on large screens when your app is constrained to a portion of the screen in multi-window or split-screen mode. Also, check how your app responds when a foldable device's posture changes. More here.

Android 13 Supported Devices List

These are the Android Phones which support the latest Android 13 Update;
  1. Pixel 4
  2. Pixel 4 XL
  3. Pixel 4a
  4. Pixel 4a (5G)
  5. Pixel 5
  6. Pixel 5a
  7. Pixel 6
  8. Pixel 6 Pro

How to download Android 13 Beta 4 Update?

Android 13 Beta 4 is available for users of Google Pixel devices —starting from Pixel 4. 

To download the latest Android 13 Beta 4 update on a Pixel device, Just start by enrolling here for over-the-air updates. If you previously enrolled, you’ll automatically get today’s update. Also, you can also get Android 13 Beta on select android devices.


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