Android 13 Beta: everything you need to know about Google’s new operating system

Google released the first public beta of Android 13 Tiramisu early, which can already be downloaded on some phones.


Google anticipates the arrival of Android 13 , and has not decided to wait until the next Google I/O to do so. The first beta version aimed at the public has been released, after the test period for developers. For a few hours, the update has been available for select devices and at NIUSGEEK we already have the Pixel 6 Pro covered in this new update.

According to Google’s roadmap for the arrival of Android 13, this massive version for public testing was due to arrive in April, and improves several features that were included in Android 12 Snow Cone.

In order to install this version, you must be enrolled in the Android beta program , a resource available from the Android website. On that site, you must pass a series of requirements and connect the equipment via USB.

Upon being accepted into the trial program, you must enable USB debugging in developer mode and grant all interaction permissions to the platform in order to detect the phone and proceed with the installation. You just have to follow the instructions on the screen.

The phones that can install this preliminary version of Android for testing are, for the moment, the Google Pixel. Surely the company will announce other brands during the next Google I/O, the annual developer event.

In this case, phones made before the Pixel 4 will not be able to receive this benefit. There is only initial availability for:

Pixel 4

Google Pixel 4XL

Google Pixel 4a

Google Pixel 4a 5G

Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5a

Pixel 6

Google Pixel 6 Pro

If you were already within the testing program, as in my case, you only have to look for the update via OTA, which appears after a few attempts. If you are a bit more anxious, you can download the version manually.

Android 13: what’s new

Compared to the last developer preview, this Beta version feels much more stable. At the moment, we keep the same Android 12 easter egg and the clock, there is not one yet for this build, which, I understand, should arrive with the final version.

There are no radical changes compared to Android 12 in design themes , except for the inclusion of a greater color scheme for customization. We still have the only Internet button and the same order of shortcuts. However, the settings button and the power off/restart menu are placed at the bottom of the screen. In this new generation of Android, Google adds Quick Tap support for the flashlight, although for now it can only be run with the screen on and has some running bugs.

Another detail is the permission of notifications. As of Android 13, the apps that we install will also show a screen that asks us if we want to receive a notification, in addition to configuring the type of notification per app.

We have a shortcut to connected devices at home from the lock screen. So far, this shortcut can be disabled, but we cannot change it to another function. According to rumors, Google could experiment with the inclusion of a QR code reader in the same section.

For text copying, a notification now appears in the bottom left corner similar to the one on the screenshot. From there, we can manage the text we have entered.

The playback widget changes its design, it is much more aesthetic and integrated into apps like Spotify or TIDAL. Also, it adds an animation to the theme’s timeline and slightly adjusts the color palette to the system.

Do not forget that it is a trial version, so it is not recommended to install it on a primary use phone. This type of deliveries is made so that developers and construction brands begin to implement the new functions in their future projects and standardize updates in already announced equipment.