Today marks the first time that Google is running two Android Beta Programs simultaneously. Those running Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2 on their Pixel do not have to wipe their device to get Android 13 Beta 1.
There remains a single Android Beta Website, but selecting a device to “Opt in” will present you with the option to either join the Android 12 or Android 13 Beta Program. Google explains the difference as such:
Android 12 Beta Program
Get pre-release Quarterly Platform Releases (QPRs) for the current stable Android platform release that include the latest bug fixes and performance improvements ahead of the public schedule. This program ends in June 2022 with the public stable release of the Android June QPR and Pixel Feature Drop.
Android 13 Beta Program
Try the next unreleased Android platform that’s still in active development, and test new features. You will receive continuous beta updates for the duration of the platform’s release cycle including Quarterly Platform Releases (QPRs). This program ends in June 2023 with the public stable release of the Android June QPR and Pixel Feature Drop.
How to get the Android 13 OTA on a 12 QPR3 device
- Tap “Opt in “immediately and enroll in the Android 13 Beta Program
On your phone check Settings > System > System update for the download
- “Opt out” the 12 QPR3 phone and confirm that you want to “Leave Beta”
You do not have to wipe your device to the stable version of Android 12 (April security patch)
That said, Google has identified an edge case where you might have to go back to stable before seeing the Android 13 option on the website:
Important: If, after opting out, you only see one program option to enroll in, you will need to first apply the stable public version (will require a data wipe) in order to see multiple enrollment options.
Meanwhile, Google today confirmed that Quarterly Platform Releases will continue into next year with Android 13. They will coincide with the Pixel Feature Drop.
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