Google's changes to the Android Beta Program have created a huge mess

Ryne Hager

Android Police


Google's changes to the Android Beta Program have created a huge mess

This week, Google released a new beta update for Pixel Phones, publicly testing Android 12 QPR3, or the third Quarterly Platform Update for Android 12. The first two Android 12 QPRs were released in December and March as Feature Drops, with the latter getting a public test as well. But Google has switched up how things work in a way that's confusing — particularly, as Android 13's public testing starts to build. Complicating that is the fact that the official, stable Pixel 6 March update has been held back while its changes and much-needed fixes are simultaneously available in the new beta. That's caused plenty of customers to jump onto the beta release, and some who didn't want it were pushed onto it by failing to opt-out of the program before flashing Android 13 DP1, causing yet other issues. And when it comes to the right labels to describe all these changes, even Google itself couldn't keep track of the correct terms to use.

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