Android 13 Developer Preview: Out for Pixel handsets!

With Android 12L still in its Beta phase, Google has already launched the Android 13 Developer Preview for all its Pixel devices.

Just like the past , “Privacy and security” is a major focus in the Android 13 with emphasis on “building a responsible and high quality platform for all by providing a safer environment on the device and more controls to the user.” This begins with a system photo picker in Developer Preview 1 to provide a “standard and optimized way for users to share both local and cloud-based photos securely.”

 Android 13 Developer Preview

The photo picker API allows apps to access the shared media “without having authorization to view all media files on the device,” while the user picker API allows users to choose which photographs and videos are shared. In the future, Google aims to enhance the MediaProvider module to provide this to Android 11 (excluding Go) and above.

In a similar spirit, the new NEARBY WIFI DEVICES runtime permission allows apps to discover and connect to nearby devices (via Wi-Fi) without requiring the location permission.

Another major focus of Android 13 is the addition of new tools for app developers. The ability for third-party apps to produce Themed icons, which were previously only available through the Pixel Launcher and first-party Google services, is a highlight. All that is required of developers is a monochrome app icon (and tweak their adaptive icon XML). Google encourages all apps to do so and is working with OEMs to get them to do so.

 Android 13 Developer Preview

While Google shared the Android 13 Developer Preview system images for the Pixel 4 (XL), Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro, as well as the Android Emulator. The DP1 (TPP1.220114.016) is explicitly “for developers only” and “not intended for daily or consumer use.”

via - 9To5Google

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