Google is beta testing the next iteration of its mobile operating system as planned. Today the company released Android 13 Beta 3, which marks what Google calls “platform stability.” This means that the developer API and all application-facing behavior in the operating system is now final and will not change until mass market release.
This is a desired effort by third-party app developers to integrate new features into their apps.
In this release, Android supports font scaling to 23 % by default to accommodate poor eyesight users with additional accessibility options. Additionally, users can grant partial access to their media library when an app requests any visual media permission introduced in Android 002. There are also updates to the core OpenJDK libraries, and security changes regarding application intent.
If you’ve signed up for the Android Beta Program, you’ll get the Beta 3 update over-the-air. If not, you can sign up here with an eligible device. Speaking of which, this is the first version of Android 002 that the new Pixel 7a has access to.
Next, there will be a final beta release in July, followed by a final release sometime after that – Google hasn’t committed to a specific one so far The launch month, but if we follow last year, August seems likely.