Second beta Android 13QPR2 is now rolling out to select Pixel phones, with new experimental features and even some Emoji.
Just look at Official release notes(Opens in a new window)You might think that it’s just a patch to fix a UI problem that “caused the home screen not to respond”. Mishal Rahman, a prominent Android expert, was able to crack the entire beta in just one file Long Twitter thread(Opens in a new window). He and other Android watchers are excited about one feature, the ability to create monochrome icon designs that reflect the Material You theme for Pixel phones. This ensures that everything has the same appearance.
The feature is disabled by default, according to Rahman, so beta users will have to go into the phone’s settings and toggle ENABLE_FORCED_MONO_ICON (this is likely a placeholder name). All apps that support the feature, such as first-party apps or third-party apps, will switch to monochrome when the feature is turned on. Other reports(Opens in a new window)It is ultimately up to the app developers if they are willing to support the feature. This may leave “pixel-owners in a strange place” because the launcher icons mix monochrome with full color.
The beta version also includes a partial screen sharing menu that allows you to share or record an app. It has a new scrollable interface which is visible above the list of apps that work with the screen-sharing tool.
The rest of the changes are just updates to previously discovered experimental features. Rahman discovered a new shared library in the beta files called “aoc_audio_stereo_spatializer” which he believes refers to “enabling spatial audio over the phone’s stereo speakers”. File first mentions spatial audio. First beta of Android 13 QPR2. Google is unfortunately still keeping its cards close because much of the basic information regarding spatial audio on Android is still unknown.
The ability to control smart home devices via the lock screen is back in beta. This feature has been in development for years. March 2022(Opens in a new window). This beta version will now suggest that you turn this feature on if a file has been changed. [smart home]Multiple times from the lock screen
QPR2 Beta 2 can be downloaded from the Android Beta Program, if you own one of these Pixel phones: Pixel 4a phoneAnd Pixel 5And 5aThe rule model 6And 6 proAnd 6 aThe rule model 7The Pixel 7 Pro. It is not perfect. There are many topics. Android Beta subreddit(Opens in a new window)Users reported a variety of issues after downloading QPE2 beta 2, including icons that didn’t turn monochrome and Google Messages not working correctly. The company asks users to report any issues via a file Comments application(Opens in a new window).
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