Google released the first developer preview of Android 13 along with revealing the first set of features that will be part of its next major upgrade. And that’s not all, the company also revealed the roadmap, telling how the Android 13 will travel this year until it reaches stability.
The first and foremost change is made in the developer previews. Google won’t release 3 DPs as it does every year, instead, the company will wrap it up in just the two and they will be followed by beta that will arrive in March.
The first DP is the baseline build focused on the developer’s feedback, while the second developer preview will be more of an incremental update with some additional features, APIs, and behavior changes. These two DPs will then be followed by beta that will arrive in April.
Android 13 roadmap/release timeline
Here’s the complete roadmap shared by Google.
- February — Developer Preview 1
- March — Developer Preview 2
- April — Beta 1
- May — Beta 2
- June — Beta 3
- July — Beta 4
- August — Stable release
While there is no exact release time for the stable version, we expect it to release in August at the very earliest.
With Android 13 beta 1, early adopters get a chance to experience the latest OS by enrolling in the beta program. The beta updates arrive over the air. Beta 2 then acts as an incremental beta-quality release.
The OS then moves towards stability with beta 3 and beta 4 is the near-final build for final testing. After four beta updates, Google becomes all ready to announce its Android OS in the stable form and release it to AOSP and the ecosystem.
Update 1 | Sept. 19
Google after kicking off the Android 13 QPR1 Beta 1 for its Pixel phones, the company now opened up the Android feedback surveys. The supported devices for the QPR1 beta are Pixel 4a to Pixel 6a. The Pixel 6a will remain on the August 2022 security patch with beta 1. Read more
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