Last night this writer bit the bullet and installed Android 13 beta 4.1 on my Pixel 6 Pro. To be honest, with the latest version listed as a release candidate (just like beta 4.0), the thought of installing a beta version of my daily driver’s OS started swirling around in my brain without a care. disadvantages. It’s not like I’ve never done this before because a few years ago I joined the Android 11 beta with my Pixel 2 XL and that phone was my daily driver back then .
For a few weeks, we announced in various articles that the beta testers of Android 13 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 under-display fingerprint sensor instead of going with the more expensive ultrasonic biometric reader like the one in the Galaxy S22 series.
The Pixel 6 series’ under-display fingerprint sensor was slow and sometimes it didn’t work at all
The Pixel 6 series’ fingerprint sensor was sluggish and sluggish, and there were frustrating times when it didn’t work at all. These last events usually happened just when you need to unlock the device immediately.
Android 13 beta 4.1 has been installed on the Pixel 6 Pro
But there is good news. In my personal experience, installing the latest Android 13 beta made the Pixel 6 Pro fingerprint scanner faster, more accurate, and trouble-free. This is probably the experience that Google was 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 the OS of your handset).
If you’re worried about installing Android 13 beta 4.1 on your daily driver, so far we haven’t seen anything unusual. The only thing you need to do is leave the beta program when the final stable version of Android 13 is released by Google. If you are unable to 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 series via the Pixel 6 series, go to www.google.com/android/beta or click on it link
. Tap the rectangular box that says “View your eligible devices” and it will take you to a photo of your Pixel with a box that says “Opt in” below it. Tap on this box and the process will begin. Check Settings
> System update
and install the beta update.
The new Pixel 6a’s fingerprint sensor also gets a huge improvement with the Android 13 beta 4.1 update
Let’s not forget the Pixel 6a. The recently released mid-range Pixel has fingerprint issues itself, with some users complaining that anyone can unlock their device using the under-display biometric reader even if their fingerprints don’t have been recorded on the phone. And other complaints say that like the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s sensor, the Pixel 6a’s is also slow.
But again, it’s Android 13 beta 4.1 to the rescue. A Reddit
poster with handle skellup1337 writes: “I finally got tired of the slow fingerprint sensor on the 6a. I installed Android 13 beta. It’s 100x better on this beta .”
Those with the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro (and even the Pixel 6a) should check the fingerprint sensor first once the beta is installed. Phones are a little smoother overall. If you’re considering ditching your Pixel 6 model, wait until you’ve installed the beta before making your final decision.
Let us know what you think after installing the beta by dropping your experiences in the comments box below.