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Google Android 13 Beta 1 released with better media file permissions, new audio features and more

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Looks like Android 12 has just been launched and several OEMs including Samsung are working on delivering the major Android OS update to their devices. Meanwhile, Google has released the first Android 13 beta for its Pixel phone users.

The shift from Android 11 to Android 12 was huge. Google redesigned the entire appearance of Android by introducing the Material You design language. Not only this but there are many more features that enhance the users’ experience in many ways.

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Android 13 on the other hand seems to have further improvements to Material You and all other Android 12 features and functionalities. Google Android 13 Beta 1 is live and showcases many improvements as well as new changes.

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Google Android 13 Beta 1 features:

Since privacy is the biggest concern, Google continues to improve the privacy and security of your devices with Android 13 while providing new APIs to help you build a great experience.

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It further comes with improvements to the older features including new notification permission, photo picker, themed app icon, improved localization and language support, and many more.

Let’s have a look at some new features of Android 13’s first beta build.

  • More granular access to media files
  • Better error reporting in Keystore and KeyMint
  • Anticipatory audio routing

More granular access to media files

With Android 12, when you want an app to read shared media files in local storage, you need to request the READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission to have access to all types of media files. Meanwhile, to bring more transparency and control to users, the company is introducing a new set of permissions with more granular scope for accessing shared media files.

  • READ_MEDIA_IMAGES (for images and photos)
  • READ_MEDIA_VIDEO (for videos)
  • READ_MEDIA_AUDIO (for audio files)

Google says that to ease the experience for users, if an app requests READ_MEDIA_IMAGE and READ_MEDIA_VIDEO at the same time, the system displays the same dialog to allow both permissions.

Android 13 Media File Access

Better error reporting in Keystore and KeyMint

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For developers creating keys, Keystore and KeyMint provide better errors. There is now an exception class hierarchy under java.security.ProviderException, with Android-specific exceptions including Keystore/KeyMint error codes.

The methods used for key generation, signing, and encryption are also modified to throw those new exceptions.

Anticipatory audio routing

Google has added new audio route APIs in the AudioManager class to Android 13 in order to help media apps identify how their audio is going to be routed. The first is getAudioDevicesForAttributes() API that allows you to retrieve a list of devices that may be used to play the specified audio.

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Whereas, the second is getDirectProfilesForAttributes() API to help you understand whether your audio stream can be played directly. You can use these new APIs to determine the best Audio Format to use for your audio track.

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Google Android 13 release timeline:

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These 15 Samsung Galaxy S series phones will get Android 13 upgrade

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Over the past six months, Samsung released two major One UI updates to its flagship Galaxy devices including the Galaxy S21, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 10, and Galaxy S10 series, alongside the eligible foldable smartphones.

The One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 software are based on Google’s Android 12 operating system. While the former included the major Android 12 OS upgrade in the OTA package, the latter brings additional features and improvements to the Galaxy flagship phones.

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Well, Samsung is expected to bring another One UI variant on the same Android 12 OS, which will make its debut with the fourth-gen foldable phones sometime in August. The One UI 4.1.1 update is likely to come with some new features, better system optimization, and stability.

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Meanwhile, Samsung’s flagship smartphone users are wondering about a big switch as Google announced the 13th major generation of its mobile platform. The Korean tech giant has a solid software upgrade mechanism that leaves no confusion in the mind of its consumers.

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We are here talking about the Android 13 update eligibility for your Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone. The Galaxy S22 series will be, unquestionably!, getting the major One UI 5 update based on Android 13 later this year, while the 2020’s Galaxy S10 Lite is also eligible.

Samsung Galaxy S Series Android 13 Upgrade

  1. Galaxy S22 Ultra
  2. Galaxy S22 Plus
  3. Galaxy S22
  4. Galaxy S21 Ultra
  5. Galaxy S21 Plus
  6. Galaxy S21
  7. Galaxy S21 FE
  8. Galaxy S20 Ultra
  9. Galaxy S20 Plus LTE
  10. Galaxy S20 Plus 5G
  11. Galaxy S20
  12. Galaxy S20 5G
  13. Galaxy S20 FE LTE
  14. Galaxy S20 FE 5G
  15. Galaxy S10 Lite

Note: SammyFans compiled the Samsung Galaxy S series Android 13 eligible device list on the basis of the company’s upgrade policies. The parent Galaxy S10 series won’t get Android 13, while its affordable variant is still compatible with another major upgrade.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Android 13 update, One UI 5.0 release date, Beta and more

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In early 2021, Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series flagships, pre-loaded with Android 11-based One UI 3.1 software. The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra were the first to receive the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta/Stable version, while eligible for three more major upgrades including the Android 13.

Up from the regular three OS updates promise, Samsung extended the support to four years for the Galaxy S21 series devices. Aside from the major Android and One UI upgrades, the company has also promised to deliver at least five years of regular security patches.

After the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 updates, Samsung Galaxy S21 series phones are now eligible and eager to receive the upcoming Android 13-based One UI 5 (Beta/Stable) version. To be mentioned, Google debuted the Android 13 on the Developer Preview channel back in February 2022, while it is limited to Pixel phones.

Galaxy S21 Android 13 Beta Status

Just like the last year, Samsung’s latest Galaxy S22 series will be eligible to get the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta and One UI 5.0 Stable update, initially among the Galaxy devices. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S21 series will join the party with the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3.

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  • On April 7, it was said that the Korean tech giant will first showcase the One UI 5, based on Android 13, Beta ROM for the Galaxy S22 series devices in July 2022. Read more

 

Galaxy S21 Android 13 Release Date

If the company goes the same as rumors, the One UI 5 will be live for Galaxy consumers in July, while the Stable distribution is likely to happen after about two months of Beta testing. Accordingly, we can expect the Android 13′ arrival for the Galaxy S21 series later this year.

  • Release Date – October 2022 [Expected]

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May 20

Recently, we’ve checked the Beta Operations Manager’s activity landing page, which has had no changes since January this year. We will continue to provide the latest insights regarding the Android 13 and One UI 5.0 update development for your Galaxy devices, so stay tuned…

 

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April 29

Samsung has started releasing the May 2022 security patch to the Galaxy S22 series smartphone users starting April 25. As of now, the update is available in various Asian countries, while today reached the T-Mobile variants in the United States. Read more

 

April 21

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In February 2022, Google released the Android 13 Developer Preview for eligible Pixel devices, however, the stable version may likely debut in October this year. However, the US tech giant will share more details about the new OS at its annual conference AKA Google I/O 2022.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Android 13 update, One UI 5.0 release date, Beta and more

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Android 13 One UI 5.0 Update

The Galaxy S22 series devices debuted with the Android 12-based One UI 4.1 iteration, back in February 2022. All the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup phones are first in line to receive the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update on both Beta and Stable channels.

The 2022 Galaxy S flagship models come with support for 4 generations of Android OS upgrades. Starting with the Android 13, the Korean tech giant has promised Galaxy S22 consumers to deliver major upgrades up to Android 16, alongside 5 years of regular security patches.

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Well, talking about the first OS switch, the Galaxy S22 phones will be getting the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta and Stable update sometime in July and later this year, respectively. Google introduced the Android 13 OS, as Developer Preview, in February 2022, it’s not available for any Samsung device.

Galaxy S22 Android 13 Beta Status

We are expecting the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta activity for the Galaxy S22 line sometime in July or August this year. The program should be available in 7 countries like previously, letting consumers experience the new OS and features months ahead of its Public release.

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  • On April 7, it was reported that Samsung will first showcase the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta ROM for the Galaxy S22 series devices. Read more

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Galaxy S22 Android 13 Release Date

If Samsung starts the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta program in July, we can expect the Public rollout within two or three months, by October. While the initial rollout is likely to begin from the Korean market, the OEM will gradually expand its reach to the US and Europe.

  • Release Date – October 2022 [Expected]

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May 20

We’ve recently checked the Beta Operations Manager’s activity webpage, which has had no changes since January this year. We will continue to provide the latest insights regarding the Android 13 and One UI 5.0 update development for your Samsung devices.

 

April 29

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Samsung has started releasing the May 2022 security patch to the Galaxy S22 series smartphone users starting April 25. As of now, the update is available in various Asian countries, while today reached the T-Mobile variants in the United States. Read more

 

April 21

In February 2022, Google released the Android 13 Developer Preview for eligible Pixel devices, however, the stable version may likely debut in October this year. However, the US tech giant will share more details about the new OS at its annual conference AKA Google I/O 2022.

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