Certain Pixel users should get ready to join the Android 13 QPR2 Beta program next week

Certain Pixel users should get ready to join the Android 13 QPR2 Beta program next week

Last Monday Google rolled out the December Pixel Quarterly Feature Drop which meant that those Pixel users signed up for the Android 13 QPR1 beta could now exit the program without penalty. If you decide to go back to the stable version of Android while still using the Beta, you’ll need to wipe your phone first. So if you want to avoid having to do this, make sure you have the latest public version of Android installed before exiting the Beta program.
Pixel users will have to make a decision next week. Google is going to release the first version of the Android 13 QPR2 Beta, which is the Beta version for the March Pixel Quarterly Feature drop. It may contain some new features and improvements that Google is working on for the update that will drop on March 6, 2023. If you left the Beta program or were never in it, you’ll need to sign in again and you can do that right now.

How to join the Android 13 QPR2 Beta program on your compatible Pixel phone

To join or rejoin the Android 13 QPR (Quarterly Platform Release) beta, go to the Android 13 Beta Program by tapping this link or by going to www.google.com/android/beta. Tap the button that says View your eligible devices. You’ll be taken to a page that will show a photo of the Pixel model you own. Below that will be a box that will tell you if you are enrolled in the Beta program or not. If you’re in the latter group, tap the button that says Subscription.

As soon as the first Android 13 QPR2 Beta is released, you check Institutions > System > System update and install it. Once you’ve downloaded the Beta, you won’t be able to exit the Beta program and return to the stable version of Android 13 without wiping your phone until March 6th, so keep that in mind.

Now, if you want to continue with the Beta program and haven’t left it yet, you can just do nothing and you will receive the update to Android 13 QPR2 Beta 1 as soon as it arrives next week. Remember that Beta software is unstable and some features and applications you need to run may not work with the Beta installed. You may also notice a decrease in battery life while running the Beta. So before you join, make sure that running the Beta is worth it to you.

We expect Google to have just two QPR Beta releases with the second one ending, as we said, on March 6th. The Android 14 Beta program could start in April like last year’s April 13 Beta did. But Google ran the Android 13 Beta alongside the Android 12 QPR Beta and may not want to repeat that confusing scenario again in 2023.
So for those of you who are becoming a Beta tester, or have an older Pixel device that is still eligible for the program, you can choose to join the Android 13 QPR2 Beta until March and then the Android 14 Beta program to join which can run until August or September.

Here are some of the new features for select Pixel models found in the December Feature Drop

If for some reason you haven’t installed the December Pixel Quarterly Feature Drop on your eligible Pixel phone, check for the update at Institutions > System > System update. The update includes Clear Calling (Pixel 7 series only) which removes distracting background noises for much clearer phone calls. With the new speaker tags, you’ll know who said what when you listen to meetings you’ve recorded with the Recorder app.

The Pixel 6 and 7 lines (not including Pixel 6a) can now monitor how often you cough or snore during your sleep, and the Pixel 6 and 7 lines (again, not the Pixel 6a) will now send your texts in five additional languages ‚Äč‚Äčtranslated (Arabic, Danish, Vietnamese, Swedish and Persian). This means that users can translate text messages on compatible Pixel models into one of 21 different languages. And next month (January 2023), those using the Pixel Buds Pro with the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro will be able to hear sound in surround sound when spatial audio is enabled. These are just the highlights.

What will the March Pixel Quarterly Feature Drop bring? For now we can only dream.

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