The stable release of Android 13 was quietly announced by Google, and it will start to appear on Pixel phones today. Additionally, the company is pushing the AOSP project’s source code, which means more OEMs will soon begin focusing on releasing stable Android 13 upgrades.
What’s New In Android 13
Android 13 introduces themed app icons that extend the “Material You” dynamic colour to all app icons, allowing users to choose icons that inherit the colour of their wallpaper and other theme selections. Additionally, it adds per-app language preferences, enhanced text support, colour vector fonts, Quick Settings Placement API, programmable shaders, media controls derived from PlaybackState, the option to further customise Bedtime mode with wallpaper dimming and dark theme, Bluetooth LE Audio, MIDI 2.0, and an updated taskbar on tablets.
Google also fixed nearly 150 bugs in this stable build which is now being pushed to the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Pixel 4a and 4a (5G), Pixel 5 and 5a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a.
How To Get Android 13 On Your Pixel Phone
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There are basically two ways to get the Android 13 stable build up and running on your pixel devices.
- Android 13 Beta: If you are currently using an Android 13 Beta release, you will shortly get an OTA update. Go to Settings>System>System update. Of course, you may also manually flash a factory image or OTA file as over-the-air updates sometimes take a very long time to complete.
- Manual Flashing: You can get the Android 13 update on your pixel device by manually flashing the full ROM. This method wipes all the existing data, you might want to make a backup before proceeding. You’ll find Android 13 factory images here and the OTA files here for your respective pixel smartphone.
Android 13 Coming To More Devices
Don’t worry if you don’t own a Pixel smartphone. Google has announced that the update will also be available for ASUS, HMD (Nokia phones), Motorola, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi, and more. Samsung Galaxy and iQOO have also been added to the list recently. The updates will be released for these devices later this year.