Google adds the ability to change screen resolution and other features on Android 13 beta 1: How to try


This Android 13 update is one of the four beta updates planned before the final stable release.

The first Android 13 beta is here. Google released the first of four beta versions recently and this one’s meant for the general public. However, the Android 13 beta 1 support is limited to select Pixel phones for now. We may get to learn about the other phone makers joining the Android 13 compatibility list at Google I/O in May. As for the Pixel users amongst you, we have a brief guide on how to install the Android 13 beta on your device. Here, we will also read about the various new Android 13 features discovered in this beta update.

List of Android 13 supported phones

  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4a 5G
  • Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 5a 5G
  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6 Pro

Besides, the above phones, the Pixel 6a might also launch soon (possibly at the Google I/O 2022 event) with Android 13 out of the box. The schedule for Android 13 for Samsung, OnePlus, and other phone makers may also be announced at this Google I/O in May.

Meanwhile, in India, you should be able to install Android 13 beta 1 on the Pixel 4a, since it was the last Pixel to launch in the country. But, note that this will have bugs and so proceed at your own risk. It is advisable to save a backup of the phone data somewhere before you go ahead.

How to download and install Android 13 beta on your phone

  • Ensure that you have the Android 13 beta compatible smartphone and that it is sufficiently charged.
  • Next up, you have to register for the Android beta program.
  • On that site, hit the “Opt-in” button present beneath your Pixel phone. 
  • Once that’s done, you should receive the OTA update. If you haven’t received it, check within Settings > System > System Update.
  • Download it on the phone. Using WiFi is suggested as it will be a big-size file.
  • Once the download and the installation are complete, restart the phone.

The device will boot with Android 13.

Android 13 beta 1 features

Android 13 beta 1 features

Source: Blog.esper.io

  • Say for better game performance or saving battery life, you can now change the screen resolution on Android 13.
  • Android 13 allows you to control your smart home devices from the Device Controls menu and you don’t have to unlock the phone for accessing this.
  • The permission to access media files on Android 13 has gotten granular with options like READ_MEDIA_IMAGES for images and photos, READ_MEDIA_VIDEO for videos, and READ_MEDIA_AUDIO for audio files. So you will not have to grant access to all media files on your phone.
  • A new QR code scanner is also available on Android 13 that is faster in detecting, scanning, and retrieving information from the code.
  • In Android 13 beta 1, a new clipboard UI will appear on the bottom left corner of the screen when you copy some text.
  • The ‘soundfx’ folder among the Android system folders have a shared library called ‘libspatialaudio.so’ that suggests the coveted spatial audio feature. This is something present on recent Apple iPhones.
  • Improved playback seek/progress bar on the notification shade, more Material You colors, and other UI tweaks.

So, although a few changes, they are interesting ones nonetheless, and if you happen to run Android 13, do try them.

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