Android 13 beta is no longer just for developers 2022-04-26 12:00:00


The search giant announced today that the first public beta of Android 13 is now available for anyone with a compatible Pixel device to download and try. Its release comes before Google’s Annual Developer Conference next month When the company is expected to provide full details of its plans for the update – due for release later this year.

For end users, the most interesting features are those that have already appeared in two initial Android 13 developer previews. There is support for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio, a New photo picker Allows you to limit the images an app can access, options to set a new app icon, and new permission It can reduce unwanted notification messages.

Apps will need to request permission to access certain file types.
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In contrast, new features of this public beta are more developer focused, such as changes to the app’s permission to access media files shared in local storage. In a blog post, Google Vice President of Engineering Dave Burke said the permission will now be specific to the type of media the app needs to access — images, video, or audio — rather than just asking for permission to access all files.

Keystore and KeyMint, two parts of Android that can handle encryption keys, have been updated to provide more informational error codes. There are also new APIs for audio playback.

For more information on how to sign up for and download the trial version, check out the Google site Android 13 developer site. Anyone who is already running the Developer Preview should automatically receive the new beta.