Android 13 Beta 4 arrives for Pixel 4, Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 series with stable release a 'few weeks' away
Google has released the final Android 13 Beta update as the company looks to move the OS update to public release. As expected, Android 13 Beta 4 is this year's release candidate build, meaning it is a good representation of what Google Pixel smartphones will receive later this year. For reference, the Android 13 Beta remains open to install on the following smartphones:
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 5a
- Pixel 6
- Pixel 6 Pro
While you can install Android 13 Beta on any of these devices on the Android Beta for Pixel website, Beta 4 will arrive as an over-the-air (OTA) update for anyone who has already enrolled their Pixel smartphone. According to Google, Beta 4 fixes four major issues, listed below:
- Fixed an issue where on some devices, paired Bluetooth devices could be observed to rapidly connect and disconnect from the device.
- Fixed an issue where the Google Camera app occasionally crashed on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices.
- Fixed an issue where, when a user checks for system updates by navigating to Settings > System > System update, the system incorrectly reported Android 12 as the device's Android version, even when the device was already successfully updated to an Android 13 build.
- Fixed an issue on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices where the Now Playing page sometimes got stuck on Downloading song database.
However, there are numerous known issues with this build, including plenty relating to Android TV. In the same blog post, Google explains that there are five issues that you might encounter when using Android 13 Beta 4. Listed below, there are also other top open issues that you can view in IssueTracker. Based on Google's wording, there will be no other beta builds arriving until next year's Android 14 Beta. The release of multiple Android 13 Beta 3 build suggests that this may not necessarily be true though, particularly if Google discovers issues that need fixing ahead of Android 13's final release in a few weeks.
- Android 13 Beta 4 - Known issues
- Android platform
- On some devices, bright sunlight prevents the fingerprint reader from authenticating the user.
- Apps using OpenSSL version 1.1.1b through 1.1.1h may not work on some ARMv9 devices. This issue is also present on some ARMv9 devices running Android 12.
- Some devices might crash when connected to specific WiFi networks.
- On some devices, the photo picker UI in the Messages app doesn't display a list of recent photos taken on the device.
- Android Auto
- Some Android Auto users may experience issues with the lock screen appearing blank and unable to unlock after using Android Auto. This issue is fixed and will be available in the next release.
- Android platform