Here’s a big day for your Google Pixel phone and Android 13 – we’ve reached the platform stability of this development cycle. Android 13 Beta 3 is here and things are looking good.
For this beta 3 build, available on the Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, and Pixel 6 lines, all app-oriented behavior and APIs are final. For developers, this means getting apps ready for launch and knowing that nothing really should change in the future. For you, the non-developer, that means we don’t see much change from the point of view of any feature or UI change.
Want to get Android 13 Beta 3 on your device? Let’s do it.
How to download Android 13 Beta 3 on your Pixel
Android 13 Beta 3 is available on the following devices:
- Pixel 4 and 4 XL
- Pixel 4a and 4a (5G)
- Pixel 5 and 5a
- Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
Easy road: If you own one of these devices, the easiest way to get Android 13 Beta 3 on the device is to sign-up for the Android Beta program (here). To join you just click on the “Opt in” button on that page and then sit down and wait for Google to push an update as Android 13 over-the-air.
Once you are registered, you go to Settings> System> Advanced> System Update. Google may not be able to push it right away and instead roll it out slowly throughout the day. Either way, feel free to let Google know what you want after you enroll in the program.
- Update 6/8 11:20 AM: Google dragged all Beta 2 images and OTA files and replaced them with a message that read, “Available soon”. We don’t know if this will happen sooner or later. We will update it once the new files are live
- Update 6/8 12:47 PM: Google has not yet posted the files, but the build number for beta 3 appears to be TPB3.220513.017.
- Update 6/8 12:56 PM: All files live now!
Manual way: Want to get quick updates or flash a factory image or OTA file via Adobe to feel more technological and important and smart? That’s still an option! I’m going on the OTA route, but pictures of the factory are also available. Here you will find pictures of Android 13 Beta 3 factory and OTA files. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, you go here. For instructions on how to flash an OTA .zip file, go here.
There is already an Android 13 Beta 2 build: If you already have an Android 13 beta build, Google says you’ll get the over-the-air beta 2 update. Of course, you can manually flash a factory image or OTA file, since the over-the-air process often takes a long time to process.
What’s new in Android 13 Beta 3?
Release Date: June 8, 2022
Emulator support: x86 (64-bit), ARM (v8-A)
Security Patch Level: June 2022
Google Play Services: 22.18.19
We’re diving right now to see what’s new, but Google describes the new goodies as follows:
“Android 13 has a lot of productivity features, from new notification permissions and privacy features like photo picker to themed app icons and per-app language support, as well as HDR video, Bluetooth LE audio and more to modern standards MIDI 2.0 over USB. . “
We’ve covered all the things here, here, and here. And frankly, there may not be anything new up front. Once we hit the beta build (and this is our third), Google doesn’t change much. Looks like Android 12 is a solid bug fixer from the big changes introduced in Android 12, and it’s totally okay. We like polish and stability. Let’s hope Android 13 gives it to us.
We’ll see enough stuff to highlight, we’ll work on a separate post. Stay tuned.