Android 13 Beta 2 is here with a new predictive back gesture

Android 13‘s first developer preview arrived in February of this year, and it recently had its first beta release. Now at Google I/O, the company has announced that the second beta is already available for download, and users can give it a try on their Google Pixel smartphones from today.

Unlike “developer preview” builds which are for developers only, beta releases of Android 13 are for general users that want to try out the next version of Android. Google is particularly watching for general feedback here from normal users on how they experience the new Android version. As a result, while you maybe should still be wary about installing it on your daily driver, it’s expected that this build is a little bit more stable than previous builds.

The most notable features of Android 13 Beta 2 include:

  • Predictive back gesture
  • Resource files for specifying supported app languages
  • New permission to use exact alarms

When will Android 13 release?

For Android updates, Google typically reveals a “platform stability” milestone so that developers can know when Google intends on delivering the final SDK/NDK APIs, along with final internal APIs and app-facing system behaviors. Google intends on reaching platform stability in June 2022, with several weeks at minimum planned before the official release. Android 12 hit platform stability in August of 2021 and the final version was released in October of that year. Google has released more details about the release timeline that you can check out.


What’s new in Android 13 Beta 2?

More to come


How to download and install Android 13 Beta 2 on your Google Pixel device

You can easily download Android Developer Beta 2, and be sure to check out our guide on how to install Android 13 if you’re unsure of how to do so.

Google is officially releasing this beta update for the Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 4a, Pixel 4 XL, or Pixel 4. You can use the 64-bit system images with the Android Emulator in Android Studio, and you can also use a GSI too.


What are your thoughts on the latest beta build? Will you be installing it on your device? How has your experience been? Let us know in the comments below!

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