Google solely simply launched Android 13’s first Characteristic Drop, however the firm is already onerous at work getting ready the following replace, which is meant to come back out in March 2023. Identical to that, the primary beta for this second Quarterly Platform Launch (QPR) is now out. Whereas Google hasn’t spilled too many beans on what is going on to be new, avid specialists took a have a look at what’s occurring behind the scenes and which new options are going to be launched as a part of it.


Interface modifications

Visible modifications are at all times essentially the most noticeable ones, and there are just a few tweaks obtainable in QPR2 Beta 1. The fast settings tiles within the notification shade have been moved up ever so barely and sit nearer to the clock and date now. Once you develop them by swiping down, you will additionally discover that the clock will increase in dimension as you swipe, whereas the date is moved beneath the clock. The cell service supplier can be displayed on high of the standing icons in the precise slightly than subsequent to them.

1st picture: New media participant animation. 2nd: Massive clock within the notification shade.

Google can not seem to cease tweaking the media participant that sits within the notification shade, and Android 13 QPR2 is not any completely different. The brand new model of Android provides a foggy overlay to the album artwork that is used as a background for the media participant that animates whenever you first view the participant. The animation simply disappears after you have a look at it for some time, and it does not reply to present playback in any respect, which makes us consider that it is nonetheless below growth and never completed.

One other notable change (or bug) additionally involves the notification shade. Once you swipe down on the lock display with out first unlocking, it’ll present a black background (even in mild mode) and conceal silent notifications altogether. In earlier variations of Android, silent notifications would not seem on the lock display, however they might present up once more when you swipe down.

First pair of photos: Notifications on the lock display. 2nd pair: Notifications on the house display.

As noticed by 9to5Google, the QPR2 beta’s Pixel Launcher made tweaks to icon density and padding. In folders, app icons are actually additional aside from one another, making it more durable to hit the improper one accidentally. App icons on the house display itself have additionally moved barely up in comparison with earlier Android 13 variations, full with extra padding on the left and proper. That is additionally the case for the app launcher that you may entry by swiping up wherever on your private home display.

Desktop mode and partial display sharing

Esper Android expert Mishaal Rahman uncovered additional modifications below the hood. As he talked about in his roundup about Android 13’s December Characteristic Drop, work is continuous on the at present hidden desktop mode that was initially solely meant for builders testing multi-screen environments. Once you use desktop mode on this model of Android, there’s a floating bar overlaid on high of floating or freeform home windows, which gives choices to attenuate, maximize, enter split-screen mode, and extra. This makes it clear that the corporate is making an attempt to get the mode prepared for customers.

Google can be persevering with work on partial display recordings, which Rahman first uncovered within the present December Characteristic Drop. The choice will mean you can decide a single window to file or solid, much like how one can select particular person tabs or home windows for sharing in video convention calls. On Android, it is possible for you to to select between single apps and full display sharing.

New Materials You theme

One other tidbit noticed by Rahman is a brand new Materials You theme referred to as “MONOCHROMATIC.” It is not obtainable to be used proper now, nevertheless it’s already seen within the code. Judging by its title, it’ll in all probability be some of the muted choices you’ll be able to select. It is going to doubtless be much like the “SPRITZ” choice that was launched with the primary model of Android 13, a desaturated choice that already feels monochromatic itself.


An enormous replace like this additionally fixes up smaller points. Some folks report that their Pixel 7 Professional scrolling points have been resolved, which was once inconsistent for them. Then there are individuals who misplaced entry to the brand new unified Safety & Privateness settings pane, which appears to be associated to the best way Google rolls out that choice (utilizing Google Play providers slightly than system updates). There are much more bits and items discovered by Mishaal Rahman, collected in your comfort beneath.

  • The Google Pixel 6 Professional has obtained a 1080p show choice with this replace, much like what the Pixel 7 Professional already gives.
  • Spatial Audio has been re-enabled for all supported Pixels (Pixel 6 sequence via Pixel 7 sequence). You would possibly be capable of discover a distinction whenever you hearken to spatial audio pattern movies on YouTube with Spatial Audio enabled.
  • A brand new adaptive alert vibration choice might scale back the power of notification vibrations when your telephone is mendacity flat on a floor with the display up, although this function is not dwell or accessible simply but.
  • There may be additional proof that Google is creating software program for its rumored foldable Google Pixel Fold: A brand new setting will likely be obtainable for units with side-mounted fingerprint sensors (which the Fold is rumored to function), permitting you to solely unlock your telephone with it when the display is turned on.
  • Google is contemplating separating the ringer and notification quantity. In previous Android variations, this has at all times been the case, however Google mixed these two choices on Pixel telephones a very long time in the past.

Be part of the Android 13 QPR1 beta program

When you have a Pixel telephone, you’ll be able to be a part of the Android 13 QPR2 beta program over on the Android web site. Right here, you’ll have to choose the “View your eligible units” choice to select the telephone that you simply wish to enroll within the beta. As at all times, bear in mind that there could be bugs that outright break the best way you employ your telephone, so proceed with warning and provided that you are able to do with out your Pixel telephone in an emergency. In case you want to sideload the beta, you’ll want to learn to set up the Android 13 beta.