Android 13 Beta 1: Google distributes the beta

Google has released Android 13 as a beta version. It is first available for Pixel devices from the Pixel 4 onwards. So far, Android 13 was available as a less stable beta for developers, experienced users had to flash by hand, from now on Pixel owners can also register their device in the beta via Google’s beta page.

The current beta for users may have bugs but is described by Google as useful for everyday use, not as was the case with the developer beta. Beta 1 includes the latest updates to features that Google has already announced, such as the new notification permission, photo selection, themed app icons, improved localization and language support, and more.

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Thus, Google now has “publicly” two betas at the start in parallel, because there is the Android 12 QPR beta and now the Android 13 beta. The Android 12 beta provides a pre-release of the Quarterly Platform Releases (QPRs) for the current stable platform before the public version is released. This includes recent bug fixes and performance improvements.

Android 13 gives curious people the opportunity to pre-test new features for the next unreleased platform, which is currently still being developed. If you’re currently participating in the Android 12 beta program and want to sign up for the Android 13 beta, you can either enroll an additional device or first sign out your enrolled device from the Android 12 beta, which may require erasing all data, and then enroll it in the Android 13 beta.

This program ends in June 2023 with the release of Android’s stable June QPR and feature drop for pixels. Android 13 brings numerous innovations, some of which we have introduced to you.

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