Android 13 Beta 2 was officially released at the Google I/O developers conference on Thursday. Chinese smartphone manufacturers including Xiaomi, OPPO and realme have all announced that their models will adopt the operating system.
At present, the Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro, Xiaomi Pad 5, and Redmi K50 Pro support Android 13 Beta, which is free for developers to use. Developers can now use these models to experience the Android 13 Developer Preview Program.
The realme GT was one of the first to experience Android 12 Beta 1, and now the realme GT2 Pro will obtain early access to Android 13. This is a preview targeting developers, and the official version will be updated in the second half of the year.
OPPO announced on Wednesday that the ColorOS Developer Preview based on the Google Android 13 Beta 1 update is now coming to OPPO’s smartphone models like the Find X5 Pro, Find N, and OnePlus 10 Pro.
According to an official introduction by OPPO, the version of OPPO Find N needs to be A.16 or below before upgrading. Users who intend to experience Android 13 need to fully back up their smartphone data to cloud services or computers before upgrading to avoid data loss.
Android 13 Beta 2 takes “privacy and security” as a major update. There’s a new photo selection tool that lets users restrict the photos and videos an app can access, rather than granting permission to see their whole library. Google also plans to introduce a new unified Security & Privacy settings page in Android 13 that provides a clear indicator of the safety status while also offering suggestions that will enhance security.
With Android 13, Google plans to roll out pre-made color variants that will apply a color scheme across the entire OS. In terms of personalization, Android 13 users can select a different language preference for each of apps in settings. The new feature will be useful for people who are multilingual and use different languages depending on specific situations. With Android 13, Google is going to introduce better multitasking capabilities for tablets through an updated taskbar.
In addition, Android 13 will support more interactive functions between smartphones and various devices, such as televisions, computers, headphones and automobiles. For example, one of the new features brought about by Android 13 Beta 2 is the ability to copy and paste data from smartphones to tablets.