Android 13 Stories Today

You might have slapped the Android 13 Developer Preview or recent Beta 2 update on your Google Pixel and are missing out on a few things or not having the best experience. Luckily, you can downgrade your Android 13 build back to a stable version of Android 12 if you encounter any major problems or just don’t like the current incarnation.

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Android 13 Stories May 12

You can now test Android 13 on tablets with Lenovo P12 Pro beta

Like with 12L earlier this year, the Lenovo P12 Pro is now the first tablet to get Android 13 as part of a Developer Preview Program. That device, in its keyboard case, was used on stage by Google at I/O 2022 yesterday to demo large screen devices.

After quietly launching the first beta update earlier this month, Google is taking to I/O to announce a few more details on the Android TV 13 update.

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Google spent a portion of the Android 13 section at I/O 2022 talking about security and privacy, including how there will be a new consolidated settings page for just that.

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Android 13 Stories May 11

The Oppo Find N is now the first foldable that can run Android 13

Android 13 builds on Android 12L’s enhancements for bigger screens, and especially for foldables. Now, we’re finally getting the first build of Android 13 for a real-life foldable, the Oppo Find N.

Android 13 will let you copy and paste across all of your connected devices

Android 13 is full of new features and improvements that really fall into the quality-of-life category. One of these new features is cross-device copy and paste on Android 13. Simply copy something on one device, share it with the other, and paste it anywhere you want.

The next Android 13 preview is now available and we’re diving into today’s Beta 2 release to find what new features have been added.

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Depending on what app you’re in, the back gesture on Android can do any number of expected or unexpected things. With Android 13, Google is working to make the back gesture’s destination more predictable so you don’t accidentally close your app.

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How to install the Android 13 Beta on Google Pixel

Android 13 is following a different schedule compared to last year’s major update, and that’s resulting in the first Android 13 beta being released two weeks before its usual Google I/O debut. If you’re a Google Pixel owner, here’s how to install the Android 13 beta.

With the wider consumer preview starting earlier than usual this year, Android 13 Beta 2 is now here at I/O 2022 just over two weeks after the last update for Pixel phones.

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Android 13 preview for the Oppo Find X5 Pro is now available

Google I/O usually marks the time when the latest version of Android graduates from its early previews and starts the journey through betas towards public availability. Ahead of today’s keynote, one of Google’s partners is jumping on board, with Oppo launching its first Android 13 preview for the Find X5 Pro.

Android 13 Stories May 10

The latest Digital Wellbeing feature coming soon to Android 13 devices is the ability for Bedtime Mode to dim your wallpaper.

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Android 13 Stories May 6

Earlier this week, Google started beta testing Android 13 for Android TV. Similar to previous years, a system image is available for the ADT-3 Developer Kit.

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With the first beta now behind us, Android 13’s formal debut is only a few short months away. This week, one of Google’s coming security changes has been uncovered, as Android 13 is set to strip accessibility features from sideloaded applications.

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Android 13 Stories May 5

Google started asking Android Beta Program users for feedback with version 11 in 2020. With Android 13 moving on from the developer preview phase last week, the Beta 1 feedback survey is now open this evening.

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Android 13 Stories May 3

For the first time (in the modern era), there are two active Android Beta Programs, as well as the stable channel. Google explained today why there’s occasionally no Android 12 QPR3 or Android 13 Beta OTA immediately after signing-up your Pixel.

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Android 13 Stories April 28

As work on the Chrome version continues, Google announced the Privacy Sandbox for Android in February to make mobile advertising more privacy-conscious. A Privacy Sandbox Developer Preview is now available today “on top of” Android 13.

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Android 13 Stories April 26

After a series of developer-facing early previews, the public-facing Android 13 Beta 1 update is now available to a small pool of eligible Google Pixel handsets.

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With the arrival of Android 13 Beta 1, Pixel phones can now quickly edit the contents of the clipboard, with an overlay similar to taking a screenshot.

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Android has long supported the ability to access certain tools or data from the lockscreen with relative ease, but many have come with the minor annoyance of requiring you to authenticate before actually using those tools. In Android 13, Google is stripping away the need to unlock your phone for lockscreen smart home controls. Here’s how.

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Android 13 DP2: ‘Do Not Disturb’ rebranded to ‘Priority mode’ [Update: Reverted]

Google has decided to rename Android’s classic “Do Not Disturb” setting to “Priority mode” in the second preview of Android 13.

Update: Google now seems to be walking back this change.

All of the changes we’ve seen in Android 13 developer previews have formed into our first look at Android 13 Beta 1. Some of those changes seem to be interesting features, if not reversions to former iterations of the OS. For instance, the Pixel Launcher app drawer in Android 13 Beta 1 has changed to the familiar Google widget search bar rather than the on-device version.

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Android 13 Beta 1: 12 new dual tone ‘Basic colors’ and Material You theme styles

As part of the first Android 13 Beta, Pixel phones now have 12 new options for “basic color” themes that aren’t based on your current wallpaper, along with a handful of alternate Material You color theme styles.

Google radically redesigned Android’s visual language with Android 12, and it seems the company is set to refine that look in Android 13. As a part of the first beta to Android 13, Google has updated the media player notification with a new squiggle look for the track scrubber.

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Beta 1 of Android 13 is available today and will be most people’s introduction to Google’s next major OS version. We’re diving into today’s release of Android 13 Beta 1 to find what new features have been added.

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Today marks the first time that Google is running two Android Beta Programs simultaneously. Those running Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2 on their Pixel do not have to wipe their device to get Android 13 Beta 1. 

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Google usually launches the first beta of the next major version of Android at I/O in May. The cycle this year has been accelerated and Android 13 Beta 1 is rolling out earlier than normal for Pixel phones today. The install process is now just a simple opt-in, but there’s one thing existing QPR3 Beta users should watch out for to avoid wiping their device.

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Android 13 Stories April 7

Samsung has done a great job speeding up the release of new Android versions of its flagship phones, and it seems things are scheduled to kick off even faster with the launch of Android 13.

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Android 13 Stories March 29

Android 13 is just around the corner with the public-facing beta set to arrive in the coming weeks. We’ve already had the opportunity to test drive the Developer Preview, but that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming up an Android 13 wish list of things we’d love to see later this year.

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Android 13 Stories March 22

Android 13’s second developer preview adds a handful of new Material You styles, but they’re not very easy to access at this point. Barely a week later, though, the fun app Repainter has added support for Android 13’s new Material You styles.

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Android 13 Stories March 18

Android 13 Developer Preview 2 includes work toward an editor for your clipboard, a redesign for the Pixel Launcher search bar, and more.

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Android 13 Stories March 17

For Android 13, Google has been working to expand Material You’s dynamic color system to offer different color theme styles. Here’s how to try them out early.

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Battery life is something that can always improve, and Google is introducing a handful of battery-preserving measures in its next mobile OS version. The most notable is a system notification in Android 13 for apps with excessive background battery usage.

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The ability to adjust your display and text size in Android is crucial. Now, it’s even easier to do so in Android 13 Developer Preview 2, where both of these sliders are combined into one settings page.

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Android 13 DP2: You can now create a custom profile photo [Gallery]

Android 13 seems to be doubling down on user profiles, probably as tablets become a more central focus for Google. In the latest Android 13 preview, Google is making it possible to customize your user profile photo.

Once a Pixel 6 exclusive feature, Google seems to have enabled the flagship’s excellent Assistant voice typing on more Pixel phones.

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Introduced in Android 12, the Camera and Mic access Quick Settings tiles both help you take control of your privacy and security. However, in Android 13, those security settings have found a new, easier access button in the Quick Settings. Here’s what it looks like.

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Android 12L renewed Google’s focus on big screen devices, seemingly just in time, and Android 13 is only expanding on that. In the latest Android 13 preview, we’re seeing a new app drawer on the taskbar.

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One expected new feature in Android 13 is the ability to set languages on a per-app basis, instead of globally for the device as a whole.

Update 3/17: Per-app language settings are now available in Android 13’s second developer preview, unchanged from our original coverage below.

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Before Android 13’s debut, it was reported that the system would gain a native QR code reader. Now, in Android 13 Developer Preview 2, we’ve been able to try out the new QR code reader on our device. Here’s how it works.

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After sitting just behind the curtain in the first Android 13 developer preview, Google has released the new music notification panel with an updated design including (wonderful) album art integration and more.

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Google just released the second developer preview of Android 13, with a redesign to the Quick Settings panel that shifts other buttons to a new part of the display.

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Ahead of the first beta in April, Android 13 DP2 remains focussed on developers. With that in mind, we’re diving into today’s release of Developer Preview 2 to find what’s changed.

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The next update to Android 13 is here with Developer Preview 2 (DP2) rolling out for Pixel phones today. This should be the last release before beta-quality builds commence next month.

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How to install the Android 13 developer preview on Google Pixel

Android 13 is several months away from its formal debut, but Google has opened up the first previews for its latest mobile operating system today with new features and more. If you’re on a Google Pixel smartphone, you can install Android 13 now. Here’s how, and why you should probably wait.

With Android 12, the Pixel Launcher introduced a new “Search your phone” capability. Google is now testing search results from Google Photos in the Pixel Launcher on Android 13.

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Android 13 Stories March 9

Google surprisingly rolled out Android 12 QPR3 Beta 1 today, and it should be a straightforward upgrade for most users. However, those who want to opt out of the Beta Program will have to wipe their phones, and a bug is affecting Android 13 Developer Preview 1 devices.

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Android 13 Stories March 1

For years now, iPhones and even Samsung’s Android smartphones have supported the ability to adjust the brightness of the LED flashlight on the back of your phone. Now, in Android 13, Google is finally delivering this ability to adjust flashlight brightness natively, and we’ve been able to try it out.

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