Google released the final public Android 13 Beta 4 on Wednesday, allowing courageous users to test out the impending upgrade ahead of its official release. But, more crucially, the beta provides developers with an early peek at the changes that are coming so they can get their apps ready for the upgrade.
According to Google’s post announcing the arrival of Beta 4, the official launch of Android 13 is “just a few weeks away.” To put things in perspective, Android 12 rolled out in October last year, whereas Android 11 was released in September 2020.
What to expect from Android 13?
Since Google previously achieved platform stability with the previous beta 3, there aren’t many significant changes in this most recent version. But more fine-tuning should result in a more reliable experience. Support for the new Bluetooth LE Audio standard, additional choices for customising app icons, a new picture picker to restrict which images an app may access, and a new permission to reduce unneeded alerts are all features that have previously been seen in earlier beta versions of Android 13. The tablet optimizations added to Android 12L, an incremental update with improvements for large-screen devices, are also included in Android 13.
Comparatively speaking, Android 13 brings fewer user-facing enhancements than the Android 12 upgrade from the previous year, but that could be a good thing. Google’s mobile operating system, Android 12, saw a big update that redesigned much of the UI and feature set, but it had a rough launch with issues reported on devices from many different manufacturers. Hopefully, the lack of substantial changes in Android 13 means that the upgrading will go much more smoothly.
How to install Android 13’s Beta 4?
Visit Google’s developer site for instructions on how to install the most recent beta, which the company refers to as a “release candidate” for Pixel devices, if you’re interested in giving it a try. Just keep in mind that you’ll need Google or one of its partner’s compatible devices.