Don’t have a Pixel but want to try Android 13? Now Google has made it easier
Thanks to the possibilities offered by Project Trebleeveryone can now install the Generic System Images (GSI) of the Android 13 beta on any compatible Android smartphone. This is now one customary for Googlewhich has been in the habit of releasing generic ROMs based on AOSP code since Android 10.
The four experimental builds now released support x86_64 or ARM64 architectures and have the option to include apps from Google Services (which are used for the Play Store and company-related features). These ROMs are identical to those intended for Currently supported pixelswith the same AOSP and GMS sources.
Obviously not everything is working, and Google warns of the presence of one set of problems. First of all, you must have the bootloader unlocked (so goodbye phone warranty), plus the GSIs have not been approved by the Compatibility Test Suite. Known bugs are:
- Phone audio: When using the built-in app, you may not hear any audio on your phone.
- Ignition cycle: Restart of the GSI may fail on some devices. To work around this, restart your device in recoverywipe user data, perform a factory reset, and then restart the device.
- System partition size: The size of the GSI + GMS file (images named _gsi _gms _arm64 – * _) may be larger than the default dynamic system partition size on the device. To work around this problem, you can delete some non-essential dynamic partitions, such as the product partition, and flash the GSI again. For more information, see the GSI documentation.
Keep in mind that the operationas simple as it is, it is not really trivial, but if you are feeling brave enough here you will find the builds to download and the necessary documentation.