Android 13 beta 2 announced at I/O 2022: Here’s what’s new

Google announces Android 13 Beta 2 during its I/O 2022 developer conference keynote. Android 13 Beta 2 which will soon begin rolling out to eligible Pixel devices, brings some more Material You additions along with some under-the-hood changes.

The OS was announced back in February but at this I/O event, the company revealed its key features. Android 13 Beta will be soon available to Pixel devices with some additional changes. Currently, the beta is available on a range of popular devices, including Asus, Google Pixel, Lenovo, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, and Tecno.

Android 13: What’s new?

Android 13 comes with a new permission setting that controls apps sending you notifications. The update also brings better permissions for pairing with nearby devices and accessing media files. There’s also a privacy-protecting photo picker and native support for HDR video.

Granular controls for privacy and security

Android 13 will give control to users to choose between ‘Photos and Videos’ and ‘Music and Audio’ when an app asks for permission to access files. Earlier, the setting was limited to ‘Files and media’ that allowed an app to access internal storage. Also, Android 13 will show alerts whenever an app access something in the background.

Android 13 also brings a number of enhancements for tablets and foldable, which make the most of the extra on-screen real estate users have on these devices. This includes a new notification and quick settings panel and more. Other additions include support for Bluetooth LE Audio, MIDI 2.0 over USB, and the automatic deletion of clipboard history.

Google has listed a wide range of phone brands that are now offering the Android 13 Beta 2 version update. So, if you have phones from any of the following brands, the new Android 13 beta 2 version should be available very soon.

  • Vivo
  • Xiaomi
  • Nokia
  • OnePlus
  • Oppo
  • Realme
  • Asus
  • Lenovo
  • Sharp
  • Tecno
  • ZTE

For those with a Google Pixel smartphone that supports the Android 13 version, they are getting the update from today itself. Other phone brands offer Android in their customized avatar, which requires some tweaking at the back-end to incorporate the new changes of the Android 13 version. Non-Pixel phones should be getting their Android 13 Beta 2 version update in the coming weeks

How to get Android 13 BETA 2 Version

If you have any of these Pixel phones or other non-Pixel smartphones, head over to the Google Beta program page and sign in with your Google account. The page will show you a list of phones eligible to run the Android 13 Beta 2 version. Accept the terms of the update, back up your phone’s data and check the phone settings to see if you have an update to download.

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