A big day is here for your Google Pixel phone and Android 13 – we’ve reached the platform stability stage of this development cycle. Android 13 Beta 3 has arrived and things look good.
This Beta 3 build is only available for the Pixel 4, Pixel 4a Pixel 5a Pixel 5a Pixel 6 lines. All of the app-facing behaviors are and APIs are final. This means developers can get apps ready to launch, knowing that nothing will change. For you, the non-developer, this just means that we also won’t see many changes going forward from a feature or UI change standpoint.
You want to install Android 13 Beta 3 on Android devices? Let’s do that.
How to get Android 13 Beta3 on your Pixel
Android 13 Beta 3 can be found on these devices:
- Pixel 4 and 4XL
- Pixel 4a & 4a (5G)
- Pixel 5a and 5a
- Pixel 6 and Pixel Pro
It’s the easiest wayIf you own one, sign up for the Android Beta Program to receive Android 13 Beta 3 on your device.here). You’ll simply click the “Opt In” button on that page to join and then sit back and wait for Google to push an update as Android 13 over the air.
Once you have enrolled, you’ll head into Settings>System>Advanced>System update to check for it. Google might not push it immediately, but could roll it out gradually throughout the day. After signing up, you can go through the site and tell Google what you want.
- UPDATE 11:20 AM: Google pulled all of the Beta 2 image and OTA files and replaced them with a message that reads, “Available soon.” We don’t know if soon means later today or in a couple of days. We’ll update this once the new files go live.
- UPDATE 12:47 P.M.: Google still hasn’t posted the files, but the build number for Beta 3 appears to be TPB3.220513.017.
- UPDATE 12.56 PMAll files are now online!
Manual way: Do you want to be more tech-savvy and feel smarter? That’s still an option! I’ll be going the OTA route, but factory images are available too. You’ll find Android 13 Beta 3 factory images here and the OTA files here. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, here you go. For instructions on how to flash an OTA .zip file, here you go.
Android 13 Beta 2 already installedGoogle claims that if you’re already running Android 13 Beta, you will automatically receive the Beta 2 update. You can also manually flash an OTA file or factory image, as the over-the air process is often slow.
What’s new in Android 13 Beta 3?
Release date: June 8, 2022
Emulator support available: x86 (64 bit), ARM(v8-A).
Security patch level: June 20,22
Google Play Services 22.18.19
We’re diving in now to see what’s new, but Google describes new goodies as follows:
“There’s a lot to explore in Android 13, from privacy features like the new notification permission and photo picker to productivity features like themed app icons and per-app language support, as well as modern standards like HDR video, Bluetooth LE Audio, and MIDI 2.0 over USB.”
We’ve covered all of that stuff here and to be honest, there may not be much else new going forward. Once we hit Beta builds (and this is our third), Google doesn’t change much. It’s looking like Android 13 is a solid bug fixer from the big changes that were introduced in Android 12, and that’s completely fine. We love stability, polish, and stability. Let’s hope Android 13 gives that to us.
Should we see enough stuff to highlight, we’ll work on a separate post. Keep checking back.