Google has just added the newly released Pixel 6a to the Android 13 beta club. If you’re a Pixel 6a early adopter, then you can opt for the upcoming version of Android. Google is rolling out Android 13 beta 4.1 to the Pixel 6a, it is the very first beta and potentially the last beta before the public release of Android 13. Folks who own the new Pixel A-series phone can opt-in Android beta program, or use factory images or OTA files to try out the new update.
Android 13 is currently on Beta 4.1, which was released last week and brought a few bug fixes and performance upgrades. And the same build goes live for the Pixel 6a. The new software for the Pixel 6a comes out with a TPB4.220624.008.A2 build number. As it is a major upgrade, the upgrade weighs around 2.19GB in size after opting for the beta program, check out the screenshot shared by Twitter user Rajesh Rajput.
Originally, the phone launched with an April 2022 security patch out of the box. Now if you’re updating to the Android 13 beta, then it will bump up the security patch version to July 2022 security patch. The update brings a bunch of new features to the Pixel 6a, although, it is not a major upgrade in terms of visual changes, bags a bunch of useful features, and improvements.
Talking about the features, then the Android 13 beta brings more color options to the Material You color scheme, improved launcher search, tap-to-share, notifications permissions, QR code scanner, per-app language settings, UWB support, Bluetooth low-energy audio, and many other features. You can head over to this page to explore more information about Android 13 features.
If you’re a proud Google Pixel 6a owner and want to try out the Android 13, then you can join the Android Beta Program to get the update over the air. Google also releases the factory images and OTA files for the Pixel 6a, by which you can sideload the beta build on your phone. Although, I recommend you update through the Android beta program, but in case you want to sideload the update without opting the beta program, then you can follow this guide.
If you’re using the sideloading method, then make sure to take a backup of important data and also charge your phone to at least 50%.