Android 13 is Now One Step Closer to Being Released

Android 13 is Now One Step Closer to Being Released

Last week on Wednesday Google announced it has released the third public beta test for Android 13 exclusively on Google Pixel phones. While this latest beta doesn’t have a laundry list of new features to play with, it does mark the first time Android 13 has reached platform stability — signaling that it’s one considerable step closer to its public release later this year.

Platform stability means that developer APIs and other details, such as app compatibility and Android 13’s overall quality, are being finalized. In February, Google shared a release schedule for Android 13 with its first developer preview. With the latest update, Android 13 is back on track with that schedule.

Google plans to release Android 13 publically around August and September of this year, with the beta program scheduled to run through (at least) the end of July. Despite four beta tests last year, Android 12 didn’t reach platform stability until August 2021. As a result, Android 13 achieving platform stability in June is a remarkable achievement – and potentially signals the arrival of more reliable OS updates.

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Android 12 was released last October, marking one of the biggest Android updates in history. It comes with a host of new features, the most important of which is Material You, a customization tool that lets users choose colors from their wallpaper and apply them to their apps and interface. As Android 13 builds on that feature, users will have more color options than are currently available in Android 12.

Additionally, Android 13 will introduce runtime permissions for notifications, which will make apps (like games and shopping apps) ask users for permission before sending them notifications, reducing the amount of notification spam that has distracted users for years. The update will also introduce a new Clipboard API, which will hide sensitive information from other apps, such as passwords and credit card numbers, so that malicious parties cannot access it.

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