Android 13 Beta 1 arrives on Google Pixel phones

Are you starting to think Google was off schedule? silly. The Android 13 Beta 1 Here, it’s still April, as originally shared. If you own a Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, or Pixel 6 phone, you can boot up with the latest Android 13 build without much effort, starting today.

This is the first beta build of Android 13, so we’re still in the early days of Android 13. This might be somewhat stable – at least it should be stable enough to be called “beta” – but expect bugs here and there. Putting this on the phone you use every day can be potentially risky.

How to get Android 13 Beta 1 on your Pixel phone

As mentioned earlier, the first beta version of Android 13 is available for:

  • Pixel 4 and 4 XL
  • Pixel 4a and 4a (5G)
  • Pixel 5 and 5a phones
  • Pixel 6 and 6 Pro phones

the easiest way: If you own one of these devices, the easiest way to get Android 13 Beta 1 on the device is to sign up for the Android Beta Program (here). Simply click the “Opt In” button on that page to join and then sit back and wait for Google to push the update as Android 13 over the air.

Once registered, you will head to Settings > System > Advanced Options > System Update to check it out. Google may not pay it right away and can instead roll out slowly over the course of the day. Either way, feel free to check out there to tell Google you want it after you sign up for the program.

manual method: Want to update faster or would you rather flash a factory image or OTA file through ADB to feel more technical, important, and smart? This is still an option! I’ll go the OTA route, but factory photos are also available. You’ll find Android 13 Beta 1 factory images here and OTA files here. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, go ahead. For instructions on how to flash an OTA .zip file, there you go.

Already on Android 13 DP: If you’re already using Android 13 Developer Preview, Google says you’ll receive the Beta 1 update over the air. Of course, you can flash the factory image or OTA file manually as well, since the over-the-air process often takes a long time to process.

What’s new in Android 13 Beta 1?

Release date: April 26, 2022
Build: TPB1.220310.029
Emulator support: x86 (64-bit), ARM (v8-A)
Security Patch Level: April 2022
Google Play Services: 22.09.20

We’ll dive here soon to find any big changes and likely elaborate on them in a separate post. For now, Google only says that this Beta 1 will include changes from the first two Developer Preview builds, such as privacy features, new notification permission and photo picker, themed app icons, language support for each app, Bluetooth LE audio, and MIDI 2.0 via USB. The first beta should also add “more precise access to media files, improved audio routing APIs, and more.”

Our summaries of DP1 and DP2 can be found here and here. Stay tuned for more on Android 13 Beta 1.

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