Google on Thursday is offering developers a first look at Android 13, its newest operating system. Android 13 Developer Preview 1 will be available for manual download and includes a few notable updates.
The new system will have more specific
controls. Android 13 will let people share with apps only specific photos instead of all media, through its photo picker, a photo and video specific version of its document picker feature. It'll also minimize location data sharing through new Wi-Fi permissions. The OS also expands dynamic app
to all apps and is designed to make it easier for developers to pinpoint a user's preferred language.
"First Android 13 developer preview!" said Dave Burke, Google's vice president of engineering, in a tweet sharing the news. "13 is both a fibonacci and prime number so we have that going for us... Over the next months, we'll be building on tablet/foldable work from 12L, privacy & security, and dev productivity."
The preview also "starts the work of refreshing Android's Core Libraries to support Java 11," the company said in a blog post.
For now the preview release is "for developers only" and not for everyday consumers, Google said. A beta version of Android 13 isn't yet available for consumers.