Following the most recent release at I/O 2022, Google is rolling out Android 13 Beta 3 to Pixel phones today. The Platform Stability Milestone for Application Developers brings finalized system behaviors and APIs.
Update 2: Just before 1pm PT, Google released the factory and OTA images for Android 13 Beta 3 handloading.
Update: In a curious turn of events, Google has updated the patch notes page for Beta 3, but now says the factory and OTA images will be “Coming Soon”. (The 2.1 betas have been removed.) The company doesn’t even offer a build number yet today, but the big fixes should include:
- Fixed an issue where unlocking the phone with a fingerprint while Always On Display was active would sometimes result in a temporary full green tint.
- Fixed an issue on Pixel devices where swiping on the All Apps search results page would sometimes cause the Pixel launcher to crash.
Now is the time to begin the final testing and development work needed to ensure that a compatible version of your app will be ready for users when the ecosystem is released. Android 13 will provide a standard API level for now.
With API level 33 SDK and NDK APIs now final, Google recommends developers to “begin final compatibility testing for apps, SDKs, and libraries” as well as release to Play Store alpha and beta tracks .
Key behavior changes in Android 13 include new Notifications permission and Clipboard Preview corner, Google asking developers to ensure apps hide sensitive data, such as passwords and payment information . Other changes for apps to test include richer media controls, as well as new permissions covering access to media files, body sensors, and Wi-Fi.
As always, the Android beta feedback app is available on Pixel devices to log issues. Users can access it from the drawer or through quick settings to file bugs in Google’s issue tracker, while the Android Beta Community is on Reddit.
Android 13 Beta 3 system images are available for Pixel 4 (XL), Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro, as well as the Android Emulator.
Of course, most users will install Beta 3 (TPB3.220513.017) with the June Security Patch through the Android Beta Program website. Those on Beta 2 can expect an OTA update in the next few hours. If you need help, here’s our guide to installing Android 13.
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