As Google I/O took place last night, the behemoth is rolling out Android 13 beta 2 on its Pixels. But other brands can already receive beta 1: Asus, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Xiaomi, Vivo, etc.
During the Google I/O conference last night we learned about the launch of Android 13 beta 2. An evolution of beta 1 that a priori offers all the features of Android 13 presented so far.
What’s new in Android 13 Beta 2
The main novelties of this second beta version mainly refer to confidentiality and authorizations related to applications. Apps will now need to ask your permission before sending you notifications. Previously, it was up to you to mute notifications from this or that app. To continue with the permissions, they will be restricted: access to local files will be divided into two parts: photos and videos on one side, music and audio recordings on the other. So an app that only needs your photos will no longer have access to your audio files, unlike we had in previous versions of the operating system.
Other new features are available in Android 13 Beta 2. According to the Android Developer Blog“Beta 2 has everything you need to test Android 13 features, test your apps, and give us feedback.“.
Android 13 beta 2 now available on Pixels
Google prioritizes its phones and therefore makes the update to Android 13 beta 2 available on its Pixels:
Obviously, the Pixel 6a presented yesterday is not on the list, since it will not be available for a few months.
Other Android smartphones may receive Android 13 beta 1
Although yesterday we announced the first smartphones that can receive the first version of Android 13, the official list was published by Google and by the various brands involved:
Therefore, these models can be updated to Android 13 beta 1, the update to the second beta should come later. Note that these are versions called “Developer Preview”, which are published so that developers can test their applications to optimize them on Android smartphones of different brands. Therefore, this does not guarantee that these are stable versions: some features are missing. If you want to update to Beta 1, you can, but we strongly recommend that you don’t, especially on a phone you use every day. If it starts anyway, back up your data – it will most likely be erased during the upgrade.
9to5Google reports today that theoppo find N it is also compatible with the first beta of Android 13; in fact, the brand is confident in what it has done with its Find X5 Pro. We learn that this version of Android 13 even works with Google services. However, only Oppo-certified developers in China will be able to access this beta, the only country where the phone is sold.
As for the transition to beta 2 for these smartphones, we don’t have any information yet, but it’s likely to happen in a few weeks.
One step closer to beta 3 and the first stable version
This second beta is one step closer to beta 3 which will be released in June 2022 according to Google’s schedule. It is when this version is implemented that the functionalities will begin to be stable, that the compatibility tests of the applications in final versions will be carried out and that the publication of these applications can begin.
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