Google currently has two Android beta programs – Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2 and Android 13 Beta 1. This unusual situation also means that users can miss out on receiving an update OTA for either of the beta software. Google is now explaining why this could occur while offering tips to remedy the problem.
The company shared the information through the official Android Beta Reddit page (via 9to5Google). “The current Android beta program enrollment has a few temporary restrictions in place starting today that may cause a delay in receiving the beta over-the-air (OTA) update,” Google said.
Devices that received the May security update (stable Android 12L/12.1) can continue to enroll for betas. However, they will not receive an OTA notification immediately for Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2 or Android 13 Beta 1. This is primarily because the May security patch features new software, meaning the device cannot revert back to an older software without a full data wipe and restoration.
Google is asking users to hold off on the Android 12 May update if they want to enroll in the beta program
Thankfully, the problem will fix itself with the arrival of Android 12 QPR3 Beta 3. Google claims this update is on its way and should land later this week. Meanwhile, installing Android 13 Beta 2 will also remedy the issue, though it’s still a few weeks away.
“If you would like to enroll in the Android Beta program, you should do so now instead of installing the public stable Android 12 May update (releasing this week),” Google said on its support page.
Meanwhile, users running an Android 12 beta build are recommended to install Android 13 Beta 1 and avoid Android 12 Beta 3, which will launch this week. “We appreciate your patience and will update this post as additional supported enrollment paths become available again!” the post said in closing.
Android Beta programs are essential to test new features before their wider release. But the current state of affairs has been somewhat confusing for most users.
Those who wish to try out Google’s upcoming software can head over to its dedicated Android beta page. But it’s important to know the risks associated with installing pre-release software. As Google puts it, such software “may contain errors and defects that can affect the normal functioning of your device.”