Google Takes Matters Into Its Own Hands In The Latest Android Beta Update For Pixels

Google's had enough of app devs.


Google has released a new Android 13 Beta update with build number T2B2.221216.006 for all Pixels starting Pixel 4a, and the update contains everything from new features, to bug fixes, to Google taking matters into its own hands due to app developers not complying with one of the main design changes in Android.

Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2: Someone had to do it

Of course, one of the big additions is the ability to convert normal icons to themed ones. Since its first introduction to Android 12, most developers have still not shipped their versions of monochrome icons needed for the material you icon theming.

The feature has been added to the build as a flag “ENABLE_FORCED_MONO_ICON” but is currently not visible. Hopefully, we’ll get to see it in the next few Beta updates.

The update bumps up Android’s security patch to January and adds support for 5G in India on supported Pixels. We have a Pixel 6 and could see the 5G option under Network options.

Other changes and additions:

  • Support for Unicode 15 emojis.
  • Added initial support for the Shortcuts page in Settings. This feature will help you customize the lock screen.
  • Options to show device controls to control smart home devices from your lock screen.
  • Fixed a bug where the screen would become irresponsive upon unlocking the device.

The update’s available on Pixel 4a/4a 5G, 5/5a, 6/6 Pro/6A, and Pixel 7/7 Pro. For those who haven’t received it yet, you can install the update using Google’s online flash tool and by connecting your phone and enabling ADB debugging.

Android Flash tool oriole

What are your thoughts about the Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 release? Let us know in the comments section below.


Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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