Brace yourself, my fellow Android-adoring animal: You’re about to experience a whirlwind of conflicting emotions. Ready?
First things first: Google just launched the first official beta version of this fall’s Android 13 update! If you’ve got a current Pixel phone, that means you can download it onto your device this very second and see all the latest and greatest stuff Google’s got cookin’ up for our future. (Yay!)
Now, for the twist: Unlike most Android betas, this inaugural Android 13 beta release still doesn’t have most of the software’s key features. It’s focused primarily on foundational elements and under-the-hood improvements, and outwardly, it’s pretty darn similar to the previews that preceded it. Honestly, it’s almost more like another developer preview than a beta — at least, in typical Android terms. (Aww…)