Have you installed Android 13 Beta 1?

An early preview of this year’s big update

Just in time to meet Google’s schedule, Android 13 Beta 1 is finally coming to Pixel phones this week. It’s packed with improvements and upgrades to the excellent foundation that Google laid with Android 12 last year, and while that might not make it as exciting as a complete redesign, it’s still a great opportunity to preview your smartphone’s future.

The materials get even better with sixteen different color palettes to choose from – an increase from just four in last year’s edition. It makes you feel more in control of the dynamic themes, and when combined with support for third-party icons, it’s clear that Google addresses most of our complaints about Material You. Android also has an all-new media player on the lock screen and in the notification tray, complete with a curvy launch font that truly embraces a new sense of fun. Hopefully the full version will continue.


Some new utilities also promise to make using your phone in the real world more useful. Android will allow you to access your smart home gadgets without having to unlock your phone – something you could do again on Android 11. Meanwhile, the built-in QR code scanner available from Quick Settings saves you from having to open the camera. It’s perfect for all the virtual restaurant menus on your table these days. We’ll learn more about Android 13 at the Google I/O conference in a couple of weeks, but for now, things are off to a great start.

Android 13 has been available in developer previews since February, but this update marks the first time it’s been easier to install. Simply register a compatible device in the beta program and you will receive an OTA update within a few minutes. This year’s beta looks surprisingly stable, which means it could be good enough for the everyday driver. So, did you install the beta for this week, or are you waiting for the update in the future?

Have you installed Android 13 Beta 1?

Yes, I am running Android 13 Beta 1.

I’m waiting for a future beta before updating.

I haven’t decided whether to install it or not yet.

No, I’m not interested in being a beta tester.

No, none of my devices are supported yet.

No, for another reason I will mention it in the comments.

Tried and uninstalled/undone it.

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