A few days ago, Android 13 beta Pixels were released. It’s the ideal time to release a second beta, with Google I/O just days away. Android 13 beta 2 is now available for Pixel phones and selected partner devices including tablets and phones as well as foldables.
Today’s beta release, like Beta 1, is intended primarily for developers to start prepping their apps for a later in the year. We were generally surprised that Google’s latest beta release was among the most stable. If you have not yet upgraded to Android 13 now is the time.
Today’s beta release, unlike Beta 1, isn’t packed with new features. In fact, it’s quite small overall. Beta 2 is a concrete vision of Android13. It focuses on privacy and security as well as expanding personalization options. Google is determined to ensure that user data is safe, with everything from the new photo picker display and a combined Security-and privacy menu. The dream of dynamic themes is complete with expanded Material You themes and better support of third-party apps. Big screen support has continued to grow beyond Android 12L.
Although most of these features were revealed in previous developer previews, Google has made it clear that they will all be announced on the same stage. This is a clear indication of Google’s vision for Android 13. This update is an iterative one, which aims to improve upon many of the ideas that were included in last year’s release while also increasing security for everyone.
You can check it out yourself by enrolling at the Android beta Program site. You can sideload the files from the internet once they are available. If your device is running Beta 1, you should receive an OTA update soon. For more information, users with compatible devices from ASUS and Nokia, OnePlus or OPPO, Realme Tecno Vivo, Xiaomi, Sharp, Tecno or Vivo can visit Android’s general beta website.