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.
OnePlus trolls Galaxy S23, says Samsung just makes great home appliances
Samsung has a wide range of smart home appliances, including pro-grade TVs, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, and air purifiers. Everyone is aware of the futuristic functions of Samsung’s home appliances range, but OnePlus used it to troll the Galaxy S23 and made a silly comment.
During the Galaxy S23 launch event, OnePlus USA trolled the S23 Ultra and said that a director can make any camera look great. Since the company is going to release the OnePlus 11 next week, it’s showing off its flagship which is quite cheaper than Samsung’s.
OnePlus didn’t stop trolling Galaxy S23 but commented that Samsung just makes “great” dishwashers, vacuums, TVs, microwaves, washers, and air purifiers. No doubt OnePlus praised Samsung’s smart range of home appliances but with a cryptic intention.
Anyways, it shows rivals getting jealous seeing the immense response of consumers toward the Galaxy S23 series. The company expects double-digit growth in Galaxy S and Z series sales this year, which is giving rivals sleepless nights.
I recommend OnePlus PR team buy a Galaxy S23 Ultra to use for promotion and criticism. Of course, the Galaxy S23 Ultra would help them record the launch show of the OnePlus 11, so it can further reduce the price of that smartphone with on-paper flagship specs.
Pro Tip: Samsung’s Galaxy A53 smartphone is available with up to 4 Android updates and five years of security patches. Compared to OnePlus 11, it cost about half, so why not, save expenses by preferring a Galaxy upgrade over a Galaxy device.
Samsung aims double-digit sales of Galaxy S and foldables this year
Samsung recently introduced its new flagship smartphone lineup, the Galaxy S23. The company has started the pre-ordering of the phone, which has received a positive response from the customers. It seems Samsung expects more from these devices as it targets double-digit sales of the Galaxy S and foldable series this year.
TM Roh, at a press conference held at the Chase Center in San Francisco after the Galaxy Unpacked 2023 event, showed confidence in growing the company’s presence in the global flagship smartphone market with its latest Galaxy S23 series phones.
He expressed that he expects the Galaxy S23 series and the upcoming Galaxy foldable smartphones, which should be Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5, to reach double-digit sales compared to last year’s Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4.
The president of Samsung stated, “We expect this year’s annual sales of both the Galaxy S and foldable lineups to grow globally by double digits compared to last year.” He further added, “Despite the unfavorable economic conditions, our premium strategies will help us lead the market“.
On the other hand, the economic slowdown in the global smartphone market has recently led to a sharp drop in demand. As per market researcher Canalys, annual global smartphone shipments are set to fall 12% to less than 1.2 billion units in 2022.
Samsung smartphone sales were not different. Due to lower smartphone shipments in 2022, its mobile business saw a decrease in the profit earned. Samsung heads to a massive drop in its operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2022 to $351.7 billion, down 16% year-on-year.
It will be worth seeing what effect the Galaxy S23 series has on the customers and the market. Possibly what the company is expecting for these smartphones is right as they come with many worthwhile upgrades be it design or their internals or the software.
Exclusive: Samsung GIF Remaster feature coming soon with One UI 5.1
One UI 5.1 software has some cool new features over Samsung’s initial Android 13 skin version. The Galaxy S23 series is official, becoming the first lineup to run the new One UI version out of the box. Among others, GIF Remaster is a pretty cool feature, which will be coming with One UI 5.1.
Detailed at Samsung Unpacked, the brand-new GIF Remaster feature is available in the latest Galaxy S23 series (One UI 5.1). The company confirmed to SammyFans that the GIF Remaster is planned to be released to select older Galaxy devices through a firmware update.
The new GIF Remaster feature allows Galaxy device users to bring perfection to the GIFs created or shared by anyone else. It unlocks the possibility of sharing the most valuable and best quality GIF with friends and loved ones by improving the low-resolution file.
Using artificial intelligence, the GIF Remaster feature sharpens each frame of the GIF. It greatly enhances the quality of GIFs, no matter whether someone else created it or shared it with you. Once available, the GIF Remaster feature would be a part of the native Gallery application.
So, if you have some GIF files that you want to be in a clear format, get ready for the One UI 5.1 update. As soon as it comes, the Gallery app will let you remaster the GIF to enhance the sharpness and noise by removing the compression noise which lessens the resolution of GIFs.
Apart from emojis and stickers, GIF is a sweet famous way to share a tiny clip that lacks sound and takes space as small as a regular image. GIF is the greatest option to share short-term video clips that don’t require audio/sound alongside.
Samsung already brought the Photo Remaster feature to the native Gallery application. It allows you to enhance a photo you’ve recently captured on your Galaxy device. Through the Gallery app, you can improve any image with just a few clicks.