Google has recently released the Android 13 QPR2 beta 2 update for eligible Pixel devices. This update, which follows the stable Pixel January update, includes new features in the Quarterly Platform Release (QPR) builds. The update comprises support for Unicode 15 emojis, an updated taskbar tutorial, and further updates to the software.
The update has the build number T2B2.221216.006 and is available for a number of Pixel devices including the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. It is a small, incremental update for those running the first beta, and can be quickly installed on compatible devices. The update also includes the January 2023 security patch.
The release notes for the update mention two fixes, addressing issues with the System UI that caused the Home screen to become unresponsive and with switching to normal camera mode from Slow Motion while continuing to record a Slow Motion video.
An Android analyst, Mishaal Rahman, has discovered some further changes with this update, such as the addition of Unicode 15 emojis, an improved taskbar tutorial that fits the current taskbar design, a feature that allows for the conversion of themed icons for apps not compatible with the Pixel launcher, and the capacity to manage smart home devices from the lock screen. The update also features a selection of new emojis, such as an expression of shock, light blue heart, grey heart, pink heart, and more.
Pixel phone users running Android 13 QPR2 beta 1 can update to the newer version to access these new features. For those on stable Android 13, enrollment in the beta program through the Android Beta Program website is required to update to the QPR release. The update can also be manually sideloaded onto a device, but it is recommended to backup the device before doing so.