Google has released Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1 for Pixel phones. It is a relatively minor update containing a couple of bug fixes. The latest release comes about two weeks after Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2, the second beta update (Beta 2) for the second Quarterly Platform Release (QPR2) based on Android 13.
Google’s official release notes show that Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1 is rolling out with firmware build number T2B2.221216.008. The Android security patch level (January 2023) and Google Play Services version (22.41.13) remain punched from the previous release. However, users are getting fixes for a couple of pretty annoying bugs.
Firstly, this update patches an issue that sometimes prevented Pixel phones from automatically connecting to a 5G network. Following the Beta 2 updates earlier this month, several users complained that their phones limit them to 4G LTE networks even when 5G is available and all network settings are configured properly. Beta 2.1 will now set things right for them.
The other issue patched with the latest release also concerns a connectivity bug. Google says some Pixel phones “did not drop or reset an existing, encrypted Bluetooth connection after receiving a command to disable link-layer encryption for that connection”. If you’ve been having this problem, install Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1 as soon as you can.
Of course, beta updates are only available for those who have enrolled their Pixel phone in the beta program. If you’re using a Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, or Pixel 7 Pro, you can enroll your phone here. Once the registration is complete, you will receive the update over the air (OTA) like a regular software update. You can check for it from the Settings app. While beta updates usually don’t affect your data, it’s always a safe practice to back up important files.
Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 hinted at eSIM transfer support on Android
Google’s Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 update for Pixel phones brought a host of bug fixes and new features, including support for Unicode 15 Emoji. But hidden within the package was a hint at eSIM transfer support on Android. Currently, you need to first deactivate your eSIM profile on your existing Android phone before activating it on a new device. This is a tedious process. Apple’s iPhones, meanwhile, already let users seamlessly transfer their eSIM profiles. It remains to be seen when Android will get this ability. The stable QPR2 (aka Feature Drop) will arrive in March of this year.
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