Android 13 Beta 1 is now available for download for the Oppo Find X5 Pro and Realme GT2 Pro. Installing the Developer Preview requires wiping the phone’s storage (so if you’re going to do it, make sure to back up your data first). This version also has a lot of known issues related to the camera, connectivity (5G, Bluetooth, web browsing) and others. This page will give you instructions on how to install the software and warnings of what might go wrong and how to go back to Android 12. You can also visit this post in Oppo’s Chinese forum for more info (while the press release doesn’t mention it, it seems that the Oppo Find N foldable also has a Developer Preview available).
Not long ago, the Oppo Find X2 series was among the first to receive the Android 11 beta, and the Find X3 Pro followed suit the following year. The Oppo Find X5 Pro, their successor, is one of the first non-Pixel handsets to receive Android 13 beta. The announcement comes from Google I/O, the search giant’s annual developer conference. This latest ColorOS version is a Developer Preview based on Android 13 beta 1. It is not designed to be used as a daily driver, but rather to provide developers with the chance to prepare their apps for the future release.
Regular users will want to wait until the first public version of the new ColorOS is released, that is coming soon (no specific time frame was given). There is a similar story over at Realme. The Realme GT was one of the first to experience Android 12 Beta 1, now the Realme GT2 Pro gets early access to Android 13. This one too is a preview targeting developers and is not recommended for regular users.
What is Android 13 all about? It will improve privacy and security with features like more granular permissions for access to media files, it will introduce APIs for themed app icons, quick setting tile placement, setting the display language per app, Bluetooth LE Audio capabilities, MIDI 2.0 support over USB and more.
Android 13 Beta 1 is now available for download for the Oppo Find X5 Pro and Realme GT2 Pro. Known issues include having to wipe the internal storage, no update path forward (you will have to downgrade before installing the stable release), the UI is incomplete, some apps and features are missing and the software is unstable. But that’s how it goes with the very first releases of a major new version. Sill, if you are a developer and want to get a head start on your Android 13 work, check this page for step-by-step instructions on how to update (and later roll back to Android 12).