Last night this writer bit the bullet and installed Android 13 beta 4.1 on my Pixel 6 Pro. To be fair, with the latest version listed as a release candidate (as is beta 4.0), the idea of installing a beta version of my daily driver’s operating system started spinning my head without worrying about it. any drawbacks. It’s not like I haven’t done this before, because a few years ago I participated in the Android 11 beta with my Pixel 2 XL and that phone was my daily driver at the time.
Since a few weeks, we have been telling you in various articles that Android 13 beta testers with the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro were much happier with the under-display fingerprint scanner after installing the beta. As you may know by now, Google decided to use an optical version of the fingerprint sensor under the screen instead of opting for the more expensive ultrasonic biometric reader like the ones in the Galaxy S22 series.
The Pixel 6 series fingerprint sensor was laggy and slow, and there were frustrating times when it didn’t work at all. The last events usually happened when you need to unlock the device right away.
Android 13 beta 4.1 is installed on the Pixel 6 Pro
But there is good news. From my personal experience, installing the latest beta version of Android 13 has made the Pixel 6 Pro fingerprint scanner faster, more accurate, and hassle-free. This is probably the experience Google has been aiming for from the start. On Reddit, other Pixel 6 series users raved about the improved battery life (which is the opposite of what usually happens when you install a beta version of your handset’s operating system).
If you’re worried about installing Android 13 beta 4.1 on your daily driver, we haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary so far. All you have to do is leave the beta program when the final stable version of Android 13 is released by Google. If you do not exit the beta program in time, you will need to wipe your device before doing so.
To install Android 13 beta 4.1 on the Pixel 4 line through the Pixel 6 series, visit www.google.com/android/beta or click this clutch. Tap the rectangular box that says “View your eligible devices” and you’ll be taken to a photo of your Pixel with a box that says “Sign up” below it. Tap that box and the process will begin. To check Settings > System > System update and install the beta update.
Those with the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro should check out the fingerprint sensor first after the beta is installed. The phone generally feels a bit smoother. If you’ve been thinking about giving up the device, wait until you install the beta before making a final decision.