Android 13 first developer preview arrived in February of this year, and it recently had its first beta release. Now at Google I/O, the company has announced that the second beta is already available for download, and users can give it a try on their Google Pixel smartphones from today.
Unlike “developer preview” builds which are for developers only, beta releases of Android 13 are for general users that want to try out the next version of Android. Google is particularly watching for general feedback here from normal users on how they experience the new Android version. As a result, while you maybe should still be wary about installing it on your daily driver, it’s expected that this build is a little bit more stable than previous builds.
The most notable features of Android 13 Beta 2 include:
- Predictive back gesture
- Resource files for specifying supported app languages
- New permission to use exact alarms
Dark mode can be scheduled to enable at Bedtime
When settings up dark mode schedules, there is a new option to have the darkened theme automatically applied when your phone enters Bedtime mode. However, this doesn’t appear to work every single time and, naturally, relies on you setting up a Bedtime mode schedule from within the Digital Wellbeing suite.
Let us take a look at the full list of smartphones that can run Android 13 beta 2.
- Pixel 6 Pro
- Pixel 6
- Xiaomi 12
- Pixel 5a
- Pixel 5
- Lenovo P12 Pro
- Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 4a
- Sharp Aquos Sense 6
- Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 4
- Asus Zenfone 8 aka Asus 8z
- OnePlus 10 Pro
- Realme GT 2 Pro
- Oppo Find N
- Oppo Find X5 Pro
- ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
- Vivo X80 Pro
- Tecno Camon 19 Pro
- Xiaomi 12 Pro
- Xiaomi Pad 5
New Developer Options toggles
Although the Developer Options section is not exactly user-facing, it has gained a few new toggles with the removal of another. There are three new toggles:
- Allow mock modem – This allows you to run mock modem services for instrumentation testing.
- Network download rate limit – With this toggle, you can set a limit for all connections be that Wi-Fi or mobile data. You can adjust this from 128kbps to 15Mbps. We can foresee this being useful for simulating specific network conditions.
- Google has upped the minimum level at which the Battery Saver mode will enable from 5 to 10% by default. This is likely to help improve lifespan even further.
A number of key animations have been updated or tuned with Android 13 Beta 2. The most prominent is when unlocking your device. What is your favorite new feature or features? Let us know down in the comments section below!
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