Google releases Android 13 update for Pixel phones

It’s around this time of year that Google releases a new version of Android on Pixel phones. Yes, Android 13 is officially released! This year, the big Android update comes a little earlier than usual. There’s no doubt that Android 13 is a big Android release, but it also refines the features that were released with Android 12 last year. The update includes a host of useful features, improved security, and improvements to eligible phones. If you own a Pixel, you can now upgrade your phone to the stable Android 13 update.

Google is rolling out the stable version of Android 13 with firmware version TP1A.220624.021 to the Pixel 6 and Pro, while the newly released Pixel 6a carries the new software version number TP1A.220624.021.A1. If you have the previous generation of Pixel phones, the new update is labeled build TP1A.220624.014.

Currently the new software is available for unlocked models, soon it will also be available for locked carrier models.

Android 13 offers the ability to customize non-Google app icons thanks to the upgrade of the Material You color theme. The new software also brings more color schemes for home screen backgrounds.

The update comes with a new feature that lets you set the language per app, and a completely redesigned music player is another key feature of Android 13 that automatically adjusts its appearance based on the song you’re listening to.

Moving on to the security and privacy section, the new update offers an option to share specific photos or albums with an app instead of sharing an entire library, Android will automatically clear the clipboard history to prevent access Junk, and the long-awaited notification permission is another great new privacy feature on Android 13. Yes, you can now choose which apps you want to receive notifications from.

Android 13 is a feature-rich upgrade for Pixel phones, the update includes Spatial Audio for compatible headphones, the ability to copy content to phone and paste to tablet is coming soon. The new upgrade also brings improvements to multitasking on tablets along with a bunch of new features for large screen devices, brings support for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio and other new features.

As I said earlier Android 13 is a feature rich upgrade, the features mentioned above are officially confirmed by Google. But it doesn’t mean that it only collects these features, well, the new Android version also includes a big list of small features. Google is also fixing a long list of issues with this upgrade, jump over to this page to see the list of fixes.

In terms of availability, Android 13 is available on all Pixel phones starting with the Pixel 4. This includes the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6a and Pixel 6 Pro.

Before installing Android 13 on your Pixel, just mention that you cannot downgrade from Android 13.

If you have an eligible Google Pixel smartphone, you can now upgrade your phone to the new software. All you need to do is open the Settings app and then go to system settings followed by system update, now check for new updates. If there is a new upgrade, you can tap the download and install button to install it on your phone, or you can wait a few hours to receive the OTA.

If you are in a hurry, you can manually flash the OTA image or factory image to update your Pixel phone to the latest Android 13 update. But for that, you need a stable Android 13 image, which you can download by going to to this page.

You can also check this guide to install Android 13 stable using OTA images and factory image.

Before updating your phone, make sure to backup important data and also charge your phone to at least 50%.

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