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Android 13 Beta 1 is now available to the public

Android 13 gets its first Beta. (Source: Google)
Android 13 gets its first Beta. (Source: Google)
Google has now officially confirmed that Android 13 has moved along the path to a full release to the point at which its first public beta is now available. Those who own eligible Pixel-series devices can install it to enhance the level of control they have over how apps use media files, if not much else at this point.

Google had indicated earlier that Android 13 would move beyond the Developer Preview stage and into more public-facing Beta versions by April 2022. Well, it is a little late into the month at this stage, but the upcoming major software upgrade's first beta has now materialized.

Accordingly, the Mountain View company now invites users besides those wishing to make their apps compatible with the upcoming Android update to try the latest beta out. Despite this, the latest changes mentioned on its blog may still appeal to developers.

13 Beta 1 is rated to bring up new separate permission pop-up dialogs for the user to choose to allow or deny an app access to photos, then videos, then audio files, rather than to all of this media at once as it did before. Otherwise, the new version offers more detailed and specific error reporting for apps that use Android's key-generating facilities.

The new Android beta can also auto-select audio formats (a complex class incorporating channel configurations, encoding and sample rate) for the user while they build an app using this medium. Those who own Pixels of the 4 to 6 series enrolled in the appropriate Google program can download and install 13 Beta 1 today.

This Android pop-up would not have been able to distinguish between different types of media before 13 Beta 1. (Source: Google)
This Android pop-up would not have been able to distinguish between different types of media before 13 Beta 1. (Source: Google)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-04-27 (Update: 2022-04-27)