Google has brought Good news for Android app developers in the form of the release of the first
developer preview of Android 13. This preview is strictly for Android developers
Android 13 New features
Looking into the new stuff added by Google, Android 13 brings a new system photo picker as a standard
and optimized way of sharing local and cloud-based images with
reinforced security. It brings more than what the regular Android document picker does by letting you
share files without the app needing permission to view all media on the device – to picking photos and
videos too. This new feature would be available “to more Android users” through Google Play updates
for all devices running Android 11 and higher except the Android Go versions. This is a nice attempt by
Google to increase the privacy and security of devices running Android. Developers also get a per-app
language preference in Android 13, which should suit multilingual users nicely.
Next update, apps will be able to discover and connect to nearby devices via Wi-Fi without needing
permission to access the location of your device. The process of adding custom tiles to Quick Settings
will be streamlined with a new API, as well as a new system dialog that will let you add a tile from within
an app. The color schemes of the Android 13 will now be applicable to other apps icons instead of just
google pre-installed apps.
developers will have to provide compatible icons for their apps for this to work. These custom icons will
only be available on Pixels at first, but Google promises it will work with Android smartphone
Manufacturers to bring them to more phones.
If you’re a developer and are you interested in testing this build of Android 13, you can flash a system
image onto the Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4 XL, or Pixel 4. The
build is labeled TPP1.220114.001.
The first beta build to be ready for the public at large should arrive in April, while the final release of
Android 13 is planned for sometime after July.