Google heralds platform stability with the third beta of Android 13. Developers can now start checking their apps for compatibility.
Google has the third beta version of the upcoming Android 13 and announced an important milestone: With the third beta, Android 13 achieves platform stability. This means that the system behaves like the final version, which is expected in autumn.
Accordingly, developers can now start checking their apps for compatibility – knowing that until no more relevant changes will creep into Google’s mobile operating system for the final release.
Google introduced the milestone of platform stability with Android 11 in addition to API stability. In Android 13, Google reaches this important step earlier than last year. Accordingly, developers have more time to adapt their applications to the new version.
Google released the first beta version of Android 13 at the end of April. Another beta version is to be released in July before the final version of Android 13 will be released later in the year. According to Google, the version in July should already be “almost final”. be and for ‘final tests’
Material You and Permissions
With the new edition of its operating system, Google is expanding, among other things, the “Material You” design that was introduced with Android 12. In the future, not only menus will adapt to the color design of the wallpaper, but also app icons. This works for the time being with Google’s own apps. It remains to be seen to what extent other manufacturers will also join in and make the colors of their app icons variable. From Android 13 it should also be possible to set the language of apps on an individual basis. So far, applications have been based on the language in the system settings.
Android 13 will also be stricter about permissions: All apps intended to run on Android 13 must ask for permission before sending the first notification. In the future, the operating system will also distinguish between photos, videos and audio files when accessing media files.