If you are a Google Pixel user, consider yourself lucky. While many Android users are speculating when their device will get the Android 12 update, you are getting Android 13. Yes, I knoww! The official release of Android 13 is months away but Android 13 Beta 1 is here.
Ever since Google announced Android 13’s second developer’s preview in March 2022, there have been a lot of rumors floating all over the internet. There are claims regarding the release date, the features, and whatnot. Every Android user was keen to know when the Android 13 Beta 1 will be released. However, here’s the sad part- Beta 1 is not yet compatible with non-Google phones. If you have a Pixel phone, you can download Android 13 beta 1 and test it.
Beta 1 is an early stage in the development process. There are three more planned versions that will be released in May, June, and July if everything goes in a scheduled manner. Only after these phases will the Android 13 reach a stability stage. The release of Android 13 is very far. Until then, scroll down to find out everything about the release of Android 13 beta 1.
Android 13 Beta 1 Release Date
Android 13 Beta 1 has been released on 26 April 2022 instead of its expected release in May this year. Everyone has been keen to use the first public beta of Android 13. It is in an early stage. People can test it, but there may be bugs because it is not stable yet.
Android 13 Official Release Date
The first developer preview of Android 13 was released on 11 February 2022. All Android generations undergo certain stages during their development period. These stages start with developer previews, then move on to the arrival of the complete public beta, and then the release.
Since there is no official word on the release, we will look at the pattern of the previous releases:
- First public beta: 7 May 2019
- Full version release: 3 September 2019
- First public beta: 10 June 2020
- Full version release: 8 September 2020
- First public beta: 18 May 2021
- Full version release: 4 October 2021
And here are the release dates of Android 13’s developer previews, betas, and its final release:
- First developer preview: 11 February 2022
- Second developer preview: 17 March 2022
Android 13 is now in the Beta release phase. It released the public beta on 26 April 2022. There are speculations that the Android 13 will be officially unveiled at Google I/O 2022.
If everything works on schedule, then there is a chance that Android 13 will arrive in Autumn 2022.
Android 13 Beta 1 Device List
While we have speculated a list of all devices that will get Android 13, here is a list of devices that are compatible with Android 13 Beta 1. You have to understand that the Beta versions are released to check the stability of an OS, thus making its availability limited.
As of now, the Android 13 beta 1 is only compatible with Google phones. This means that Samsung devices that will get Android 13 will not be getting the beta version to test. Here is a list of all Pixel phones that are compatible with Android 13 beta 1:
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 5a
- Pixel 6
- Pixel 6 Pro
Is Android 13 Beta 1 Safe?
Android 13 is in the beta release phase. Since it is in an early stage of development, we can assume it not to be stable. Installing the Android 13 beta on your device can be an invitation to bugs.
If you are an Android fanatic and want to try it in the early stage, here is some advice for you. Install the Android 13 beta 1 on a secondary device. This way you can test it and keep your primary device safe. It’s a win-win situation!
What’s New in Android 13 Beta 1?
Here is everything new with Android 13 Beta 1:
- If you have a Treble-compliant phone you can easily try out Android 13. You will not have to wait
- In Android 13’s second Developer Preview, the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature was renamed the ‘Priority Mode’. However, Google realized that this will confuse the users. This resulted in the removal of the ‘Priority Mode’ branding since we could not see it anywhere in Android Beta 1. So, if you missed the developer preview program, you will not notice any change.
- The playback bar has been changed from a straight line to a squiggly and curvy line. You can move alongside whatever you are listening to. The playback bar has been changed both in the notification tray and your lock screen. While we agree that it looks aesthetic, the problem is that It does not sync with the music.
- The Material You themes are live in Android 13 beta 1. You get sixteen different options to choose from.
- You can use the lock screen controls without unlocking the device first.
- The Android 13 beta 1 version gives you the new clipboard editor. You can edit a copied text without having to re-copy it. There is also a complete design change for the clipboard editor.
- The language setting option for all apps is missing from the Android 13 beta 1 version. There has been no explanation given for this.
Here’s how you can learn how to install Android 13 Beta on Google Pixel manually.
1. On your system, install USB drivers and Android SDK tools.
2. Visit the developerandroid‘s official website and download the OTA image for your Pixel device.
3. Now, you have to Connect your Pixel to your computer.
4. Switch off your Pixel
5. Press the Power button and Volume down button simultaneously, you will see the Bootloader page.
- Scroll to the “Recovery mode.” Select the recovery mode by clicking on the Power button.
- Press the Power and Volume Up buttons, when you see a small Android icon and question mark.
6. Scroll down to “Apply update from ADB” and select it.
- You can also check whether the above steps worked or not by looking through the command prompt. Enter adb devices. If the above steps work correctly, you will see your phone’s identifier and “sideload” state.
7. In the command prompt or shell, enter adb sideload raven file_name_here.zip and this will flash OTA.
If you do not remember the file’s name, you can type adb sideload in the command window drag and drop the file after adb sideload. It will help you get the correct file name without any errors.
The filename is the name of the OTA file you downloaded in step 2. Sometimes, you need to use ./ at the beginning of the commands.
8. Wait for the Android 13 to install on your phone.
9. Reboot your device when it has installed Android 13.
That’s how you install Android 13 on Google Pixel manually.
It is time to wrap up! This article has told you everything we know about the Android 13 Beta 1. This is the first Beta version released for Android 13 and there are more to come. We will keep updating this article as and when we get more news.
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