Google ends Android 12 beta program for Pixel phones

What do you want to know

  • Google has ended the Android 12 beta program for Pixel phones.
  • This coincides with the recent release of Android 12L QPR3 and the removal of June features.
  • After installing the June Update, you can opt out of the beta program without erasing your data.

A year after the first beta version of Android 12 was released, Google announced the end of the beta program for Pixel phones. This follows the release of Android 12L QPR3 and June Pixel feature drop yesterday.

Google made the announcement via its official Reddit account. (opens in a new tab) (via 9to5Google (opens in a new tab)). “We’re excited to announce that the official June 12 release of Android will begin rolling out globally to Pixel devices starting today!” said the search giant. “This concludes our Android 12 (QPR3) beta program.”

The move makes sense as Google focuses on Android 13. The Android 12 beta program launched in May last year, followed by the stable release in October. Google would have usually ended the beta program with this release, but it remained open to beta testers as part of the Android 12L beta that started in December.

Now that the beta program is over, phones that have been enrolled in it, including Google’s top Android phones, will automatically be removed from beta testing in the coming weeks. However, once you’ve installed the June Update, you can manually unsubscribe from the program without losing data.

It should be noted that those wishing to participate in Android 13 beta testing must first unenroll their devices from the Android 12 beta program.

“Devices enrolled in the Android 12 beta will not automatically receive Android 13 betas,” according to Google. “A new program registration is required.”

If you’ve been waiting for the June feature release and Android 12L QPR3, updates started rolling out yesterday. Google added that the release will continue over the next week, although this may vary by carrier and device.

Ryan H. Bowman