5G on Pixel: How-to enrol for Android beta releases for Google smartphones

After almost a month of delay, Google has rolled out Android 13 firmware to enable 5G on supported Pixel phones. However, this release is part of a beta program, with a commercial release slated for his March. The new update is part of the Quarterly Platform Releases (QPR) and includes several bug fixes, performance improvements, emojis and an added home icon in addition to enabling 5G network support . Here are the details:

Compatible smartphone

pixel 6a
pixel 7
pixel 7 pro

How to install Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 on your Pixel phone

Supported Pixel phones get Android 13 QPR2 if they’re in the Android beta for the Pixel program. Here are the steps to register:

Visit the Android Beta for Pixel program page.
Sign in to your Google account to see the list of eligible devices
We recommend backing up your device data before subscribing for updates
Once the backup is complete, select your device and beta from the options
In the last step, accept the “Terms of Service”

Given that all beta versions are pre-release (trial) models for final software updates, they may contain issues that may prevent your device from working properly. According to the company, users will not be able to uninstall the update and restore the previous version without losing the device’s locally-stored data. Also, you may run into problems when trying to restore backed up data.

Google plans to release Android 13 stable with 5G support in March.

To opt out of the beta program, follow these steps:

Visit the Android Beta for Pixel program page.
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Select the “opt out” option on your preferred device

The Pixel 6a is powered by Google’s first generation Tensor processors. Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are powered by Tensor G2 processors.

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