After two months of developer testing, Google today announced the public rollout of Android 13 Beta 1. This means compatible Pixel devices (4 or later), whether under a developer account or not, can download the software. unreleased and get a taste of what’s to come later this year.
While the search giant is expected to shed some light on new privacy and security features, developer productivity, and general visual changes at its Google I/O 2022 developer conference on May 11-12, here’s what is official in the latest Android 13 beta.
For starters, many of the features we saw in developer previews remain in the public beta. This includes Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) and MIDI 2.0 audio support over USB, a permission toggle for apps to send notifications, improved language text conversion, themed app icons, and a music switcher. Photos to select which images apps can access.
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In addition to previously announced features, Android 13 Beta 1 now requires apps to request access to your images, videos, and audio files separately, instead of all at once. This way, users have finer control over shared data. See the image on the right for reference.
When it comes to app development, Keystore and KeyMint now present error indicators in a more detailed and accurate way. For example, exceptions are ordered in a class hierarchy and indicate whether an error is retryable or now.
Android 13 Beta 1 also sees audio routing improvements, with new audio routing APIs that allow you to better understand which devices can play your specified audio file, whether the audio stream can be played directly, and what is the best audio format for your track. .
Android 13 Beta 1 is available to download today on compatible Pixel devices. The list includes:
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4XL
- Pixel 4a/4a with 5G
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 5/5a
- Pixel 6
- Pixel 6 Pro
If this is your first time trying out pre-released software, I highly recommend reading my colleague Jason Cipriani’s guide to downloading Android 13, which includes things you’ll want to consider before jumping down the rabbit hole. beta rabbit.