Google releases Android 13 beta 3, achieves platform stability – TechCrunch

Google has released Android 13 beta 3, and while there aren’t any major changes in this version, that’s probably the goal as the version has reached platform stability.

This means that there will be no significant changes to the Android 13 APIs, and developers can adjust their apps to the version when it is released to consumers.

“We are asking all app and game developers to start their final compatibility testing now and prepare to publish their compatibility updates as soon as possible before final release,” the company said in a blog post.

Android 13 release timeline

Android 13 release timeline

Google launched the first developer beta in February and made notable announcements with the release of the second public beta in May at its developer conference.

The company has focused on improving privacy and security with this release, but it also has some visual changes to the Material You design, first released with Android 12. Here’s a recap of some unique features in Android 13:

  • Google will release predefined color variants so you can apply custom styles to apps.
  • Android 13 will bring dynamic color functionality so app icons match the scheme of your home screen background image.
themed icons

themed icons

  • Apps will now have to ask for your permission before sending push notifications. This means you can select whether an app can send you notifications when you open it for the first time, preventing notification spam.
  • Developers can adjust their apps to request nearby Wi-Fi networks without having to ask for location permission. This ensures that you don’t unintentionally give your location to an app just so it can access your Wi-Fi network.
  • Android 13 will also introduce a photo and video picker, which will allow you to share selected media files with an app without having to give access to your entire library.
  • The next version of Android will also extend granular controls to the file system. You will be able to give access to your photos and videos and music and audio separately.

Image credits: Google

  • Apps will have to ask for specific permission if they are using or monitoring body sensors in the background, such as heart rate or temperature.
  • Google will bring a language selector for apps, so you can choose a different language for each app, separate from the system language.
Android 13 language selector

Android 13 language selector

  • Android 13 will also have better support for larger screens like tablets and foldables. An updated taskbar will make it easier to switch between apps or use two apps in split-screen mode.

In addition to these, there are some useful features such as search shortcuts for Youtube, Maps, Play Store and Settings and a new privacy control menu for microphone, camera, location and clipboard permissions.

At Google IO in May, the company announced that its budget phone, the Pixel 6a, will be available starting July 28. Also, its famous Pixel 7 series will be released in the fall.

A comparison page on the company’s website suggests that the 6a will ship with Android 12. So we can only see the final release of Android 13 with the Pixel 7 release.

Notably, this year, Google arrived two months earlier to achieve platform stability compared to last year. Fortunately, this means that more apps will adopt Android 13’s features at launch.

Google’s announcement comes days after Apple released its iOS 16 developer beta. While Android 13 will be available for select phones at launch, Google would like to compete with Apple for the bragging rights of its release date.

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