Android 13 developer preview first update released: focus on privacy, security, and more

Google has released the first developer preview of Android 13 for app developers

Highlights
  • The Android 13 developer preview is available for Pixel 4 and later
  • The beta builds for Android 13 is expected to start rolling out from April
  • Android 13 launch is likely to happen sometime in July

Google has announced the first update of its upcoming Android 13 OS. The company has released the developer preview of Android 13, giving us an early look at what Google’s upcoming Android update has in store for us. The developer preview build is available for app developers on Pixel devices, including the Pixel 6 ProPixel 6Pixel 5a 5GPixel 5Pixel 4a (5G)Pixel 4aPixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4. As the name suggests, it’s quite an early build of the Android 13. Therefore, it may contain several bugs and issues. It’s highly advisable for users not to flash the developer preview build on their primary devices. Users flashing the developer preview will receive future developer and beta updates via OTA.

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“People want an OS and apps that they can trust with their most personal and sensitive information. Privacy is core to Android’s product principles, and Android 13 focuses on building a responsible and high-quality platform for all by providing a safer environment on the device and more controls to the user,” Dave Burke, Vice President of Engineering at Google, said in a blog post.

Android 13 release schedule

android 13 release schedule

As per Google’s roadmap, we can expect the first beta build to drop sometime in April, and then two release candidates build scheduled to release in June and July. The final stable release is expected to come later this year, sometime around the next Pixel’s arrival.

Android 13 features

android 13 app icon material you

The Material You is getting a minor update with the Android 13. Remember how the whole system interface changes its colour according to the wallpaper you chose? Well, in Android 13, the apps will also change their colour based on the wallpaper you’ve applied. Google says developers would have to use a monochromatic app icon and Material You will take care of the rest.

android 13 photo picker

Additionally, Android 13 will come with a new Photo Picker API that allows users to select only the photos or videos they want to share with the app, eliminating the need to allow access to the whole gallery. As per Google, smartphones running Android 11 or later would also be receiving this feature through Google Play system updates.

Since it’s a developer preview, the build also brings some new developer-specific features, which includes optimisations for large screen devices, such as foldable, tablets and Chromebooks. The new Quick Settings Placement API allows developers to add a prompt to the app asking users to add the app’s quick settings toggle to the drawer. Starting with Android 13, users will also be able to set individual apps to display another language different from the system language.