If yesterday Google launched the third and final beta of Android 12L, whose official update is expected next March, now the company surprises us by launching the first preview of Android 13.

Android 13 Developer Preview is here, the first preview that brings forward some of the news for Google’s next major mobile operating system update. After weeks of leaks, Google is starting to officially announce what’s new for the next Android.

The first news of Android 13

Google says this is just a first look at the next version of Android, which will launch and announce more news over the next few weeks. In this first preview for developers, Google highlights the following new features:

Privacy and Security

In this next release, privacy and security once again take center stage. For Google, privacy is essential, and with Android 13, they want to create a responsible and high-quality platform. They want their operating system to be the most secure and with the most user controls. And as an example, in today’s launch they are introducing a photo picker and a new Wi-Fi authorization.

New photo picker: To protect the privacy of our photos and videos, Android 13 launches a new photo and video picker system. A new standard and optimized selector so that we can share local and cloud photos safely and without permissions. Apps will no longer have to ask for permission to access all of our photos and videos on our device. Now, with this selector, applications will only be able to access the photos or videos that we have selected, improving our privacy. Google wants to bring this new picker to all devices with Android 11 or higher in the future through a Google Play Services update. Nearby device permission for Wi-Fi: This is the new runtime permission so apps that want to detect a nearby device don’t need location permission. Google’s proximity API would be responsible for locating devices over WiFi without revealing our location to third-party apps, as they don’t need to know our location for that.

New customization options

As this is a preview, most of Google’s news is aimed at developers, and this is where the company has expanded further by announcing new features in which we highlight the following:

Configuring quick settings: Starting with Android 13, apps will be able to show a new dialog to ask the user if they want to add a new quick setting to the notification bar. Until now, you had to add them manually. Theme Icons: Android 12 launched the Theme Icons beta, a new monochrome design for app icons previously only available in Google apps. With Android 13, developers have the tools to add these new themed icons. Language preferences per application: With Android 13, the user will be able to configure the language of each of their applications individually from the system settings, either from the language settings or from the ‘Application information’.

Android 13 release schedule

Google also shared the Android 13 timeline, with the release schedule for the next versions in development. The next previews and betas will arrive on the following dates:

February: first glimpse. Now available. March: second and final preview. April: first public beta of Android 13. May: second beta of Android 13. June: third beta of Android 13. The platform will already be stable, with the APIs and final behaviors. July: fourth and final beta of Android 13. This would be a near-final version. From August: official release of Android 13.

How to update: compatible mobiles

The first preview of Android 13 is available for Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a and Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. As expected, the Pixel 3a are excluded from the next version to remain a few months without support.

As this is an initial preview, it is intended for developers only and not for end users, as this release is not stable and not designed for daily use due to possible errors and excessive consumption because it is not optimized.

The update to Android 13 is done manually, there is no OTA. The Pixel must be connected to the computer to install the factory image, which factory resets the device. In the following link, Google details the instructions to install Android 13 DP1 on your Pixel.

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