Google has just rolled out a new firmware update for the Pixel smartphones. The update in question is not related to those within the stable channel. Instead, we’re talking about Android 13 and the latest beta 2. The new update, to be more precise carries the Android 13 Beta 2.1 moniker and brings a few improvements for existing Pixel smartphones. As usual in the beta channel, the update comes to fix a couple of issues that have been affecting the Pixel smartphones.
Google’s release notes include the following fixes:
- Fixes an issue where typing in the search bar resulted in a blank list of suggestions.
- Fixed an issue where devices would crash and restart when turning on the hotspot.
- Fixes an issue where a continuous call dialing sound could be heard in the background during a phone call.
- Fixed an issue where devices would crash and restart after disconnecting from Android Auto.
Interestingly, the update still carries the issues spotted within the Beta 2 build that was released way back on May 11. It only excludes the issues that have been addressed above. That said, don’t go flagship this update like it’s a stable build. As per the original report from 9to5Google, the search bar issue remains despite the mid-cycle update. Those who are running Android 13 beta, will receive an OTA notification with the update patch for the handset.
There are also steps to follow for those running Android 12 QPR – the Quarterly Platform Release Beta. Users will need to opt-out and re-enroll for the Android 13 Beta. If you wish to enroll, you won’t be able to ever to the public release without wiping data in most cases. Therefore, make sure to be ready for bugs before enrolling on your daily driver.
Google I/O expands the Beta program and adds Android 13
Earlier this month, Google ran the Google I/O conference for developers. At this stage, the company presented Android 13 in all its glory and kicked off the beta 2. Interestingly, Google also took the opportunity to reveal a list of partners – third-party Android OEMs – that will take part in the beta program. The list includes brands such as OnePlus, Realme, Nokia, and even Tecno. You can find the entire list of smartphones here.
Worth noting, that the company also used the event to tease the upcoming Google Pixel Watch and the Pixel 7 series. Unfortunately, the foldable Pixel Notepad does not seems to be coming in 2022.