Recently, Google announced Android 13, the next major update to the Android operating system. Although the company does not share much of what comes in the pipeline for consumers, it has indicated that it will focus on the personal operating system.
Android 13 is available today as a developer preview, which is not heartbreaking, suggesting that Google’s timeline final release could be by August. Meanwhile, the beta release is coming in April and more users will be able to access it.
As expected, we are saying goodbye to the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, which are offering Android 13, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6.
What’s new in Android 13?
While a huge improvement over the Android 12 platform and the Android 13 is a smaller, more focused update. New features include a system-wide photo picker, individual app language settings, optimization for large screen devices such as foldable and more.
How to Download Android 13 Preview on a compatible device?
At the developer preview, you can only side-load the Android 13 build on pixel devices. Update not available via broadcast update. That functionality was later reserved for beta releases.
If you are unaware of manual sideloading updates, we strongly encourage you to wait for the final release. However, if you can not wait to get the latest and greatest ones, here’s how to set it up.
- Download the required files.
- Boot into recovery mode.
- Navigate to ADB sideload.
- Connect the handset to the computer where the ADB tools are installed.
- Enter the sideload command.
- Reboot your phone.
Download Android 13 Preview
First, you can install the factory image, wipe your phone and start everything from scratch. Alternatively, you can try an OTA file that can be installed on your current version of Android without having to wipe your phone.
You can download the beta OTA file from Google’s full OTA image hosting site. That site includes OTA downloads for side-loading various updates, including Android 13 on every Pixel and Nexus device ever created, so you need to scroll down to make sure you are downloading the file associated with your device. OTA downloads are available here.
Boot into Recovery Mode
Next, you will boot your pixel into recovery mode. To do this, turn off your handset completely. Next, hold down the Power button and the Volume Down button at the same time until you come to the boot loader page. When you see an Android figure lying on the screen you know that you are in the right place.
Using your volume buttons, scroll down to Recovery mode. Select it by clicking on the Power Button. Alternatively, if you are already connected to the computer with ADB, you can use the Reboot Recovery command.
Now, you should see a small Android with an exclamation mark. From here, press the Power button and the Volume up button for a second to enter full recovery mode. Releasing the Volume up button will take you to recovery.
Navigate to the ADB sideload
Using the volume buttons, scroll down to apply the update from ADB and select it with the power button. It launches a mostly blank screen with text indicating how to sideload OTA for Android 13 Developer Preview.
Connect the device to the PC where ADB tools are installed
You need to keep ADB and Fastboot tools in a convenient location. You can download ADB tools from the Android Developers website (or SDK tools only here). You can also use the Universal ADB drivers from ClockworkMod.
Enter the sideload command
Just after that, you can now sideload the OTA file. In Windows, make sure your command prompt is redirected to the ADB tools folder and type adb sideload. If you are on macOS or Linux, do the same in the terminal (use the “cd” and “ls” commands to Google to make sure your terminal is in the correct folder) but type ./adb sideload.
After the sideload you just need to enter the file name of the .zip folder you downloaded from Google and press Enter to start the process.
If everything is working properly, you should see some dialogs indicating the sideload and installation process on your computer and handset.
Reboot your phone
After installing OTA, you will be taken back into Recovery Mode. The last step to moving into the new update is to select the Reboot Now option with your power button.
Note: This process will not erase your device, but if something goes wrong, it is a good idea to back up any irreplaceable data.
US price of Samsung’s Galaxy S23 FE revealed
According to MySmartPrice report, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 FE could come with a price tag of $599 in the US. This would make it $100 more cheaper than the S21 FE, as part of promoting it as the best budget flagship of this year.
This year’s FE smartphone doensn’t pack the same chipset as the flagship models. Rumors say that the S23 FE will be equipped with Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets, availability country-wise.
Google’s upcoming Pixel 8 handset reportedly starts at $699. Hence, the Galaxy S23 FE’s lower starting price could help Samsung capture those consumers who don’t care too much about camera performance.
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 Shipments To Hit Historic 10 Million Unit Milestone
Shipments of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 are approximately 10% higher than last year’s models. If 7 million new products and 3 million units of legacy models are shipped this year, the number will reach 10 million units for the first time in history.
According to the info, shipments of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Fold 5 were found to be 8-10% higher than the shipments of their predecessors. In terms of shipment volume by model, Z Flip 5 accounts for 60-65%, and Z Fold 5 accounts for 30-35%.
Component partners of Samsung say that the number of parts ordered for the two recent models did not change significantly or decrease slightly compared to expectations.
Earlier, it was expected that the Korean tech giant would order 12 to 13 million units of parts for the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Fold 5 by the end of this year. However, recent reports revealed that there may be a decrease of about 1 million units.
Samsung Powers Up: Delivering a Whopping 70 Million OLED Display for iPhone 15 Series!
By the end of 2023, Samsung Display is likely to supply nearly 70 million units of OLED for the iPhone 15 series to Apple. The company’s OLED volume by model is estimated to be in the low 20 million units for the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, 9 to 10 million for Pro, and ~ 30 million for Pro Max.
Among the four iPhone 15 models, the 15 Pro Max OLED estimate, which Apple plans to produce the most, is four times higher for Samsung than for LG Display. Industry watchers say that Samsung Display’s iPhone 15 Pro Max OLED volume is in the mid-20 million units, three times that of LG Display.
The prevailing view is that LG Display will have 15% more OLED volume than Samsung Display (9 million to early 10 million units). Those who see it differently predict that Samsung Display will secure around 20 million units of 15% OLED, which will be more than LG Display.