Google has released Android 13 beta 3, and while there aren’t any major changes in this version, that’s probably the point of it as the version has reached platform stability.
This means that there won’t be any significant changes to Android 13’s APIs, and developers can tune their apps for the version when it rolls out to consumers.
“We’re asking all app and game developers to start your final compatibility testing now and prepare to publish your compatibility updates as soon as possible ahead of the final release,” the company said in a blog post.
Release timeline for Android 13. Image Credits: Google
Google released the first developer beta in February and made notable announcements with the release of the second public beta in May at its developer conference.
The firm has focused on enhancing privacy and security with this version, but it also has some visual changes under the Material You design, which it first launched with Android 12. Here’s a recap of some unique features in Android 13:
Themed icons. Image Credits: Google
Image Credits: Google
Android 13 language picker. Image Credits: Google
Apart from these, there are some useful features like search shortcuts for Youtube, Maps, Play Store and Settings and a new Privacy Control menu for mic, camera, location and clipboard permissions.
At Google IO in May, the company announced that its budget phone, the Pixel 6a, will be available from July 28. Plus, its marquee Pixel 7 series will launch in the fall.
A comparison page on the firm’s site suggests the 6a will launch with Android 12. So we might only see the final release of Android 13 with the launch of Pixel 7.
Notably, this year, Google’s been two months early to hit platform stability as compared to last year. Hopefully, this means that more apps will adopt Android 13’s features on launch.
Google’s announcement comes days after Apple released its iOS 16 beta for developers. Even though Android 13 will be available to select phones at launch, Google would want to compete with Apple to get bragging rights about its release date.