Google has just released the first developer preview of Android 13. This “first look” is intended for developers only but soon the public beta will come around April.
According to the timeline, as seen in the image above, we can expect the second developer preview to come next month which will be followed by a beta in April and another one in May. Then the two “Platform Stability” builds will come this June and July.
Android 13 comes with a new focus on privacy and security at its core. The new OS uses a new system photo picker as a standard and optimized way of sharing local and cloud-based images that ensure security.
The security feature also extends to the Andriod document picker by letting you transfer files without the app needing permission to view all the media on your device. This feature will soon be available to users with Android 11 and higher(Android Go not included).
In addition, Google Play updates will cover “more of Android” with new modules added to this update system.
Apps will be able to discover and connect to other nearby devices through WiFi without needing to know the location of these devices. Furthermore, adding custom tiles to Quick settings will be optimized with a new API alongside a new system dialogue which will enable you to add a tile from within an app.
Material You, an I/O design platform, can dynamically adjust color engine and extends in Android 13 to all apps and not just Google’s. Developers will have to provide their own compatible icons for their apps to make this work. The custom icons will only be available On Pixel phones at first, but Google said it will work with its other partners in the manufacturing industry to bring them to more devices.
Additionally, you can get a per-app language preference in Android 13 that will suit multilingual users.
For Developers who are interested in testing this Android 13 build (labeled TPP1.220114.001), you can flash a system image onto the following Pixel devices: