Google explains why you can’t download Android 12L Beta 3 on your Pixel 6


It’s been quite a rollercoaster for the Pixel 6 ever since it debuted late last year. Seemingly every month, there is something going on with one of the updates which ends up causing owners of the devices to scratch their heads in frustration. Well, that trend is continuing as there are some who joined the Android 12L beta thinking that this would solve many of the common problems. While that’s true, users found that Beta 3 never became available for their devices.

Android 12L Beta 3 dropped last week, finally adding support for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro after the first two betas were limited to older Pixel phones. However, Google also released a rather small (and surprising) update but it’s unknown exactly what problems the update fixed. Unfortunately, it appears as though this update was destined to cause even more problems as those who tried to enroll in the Android 12L beta were left waiting around.

If you were one of the users who installed the 10MB update from last week, and then tried to enroll in the Android 12L program, you are likely wondering where the beta update is. As it turns out, those who installed the update are unable to join the Android 12L beta program. Users on r/android_beta began noticing that something was up and the official Google account finally responded:

If you’re enrolling a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro that is on the latest February build SQ1D.220205.004, you will not receive an update to 12L Beta 3, but instead will receive the next upcoming beta build release in March as long as you keep your device enrolled.

So if you did your due diligence, installed the patch, and then wanted to jump on the Android 12L Beta train, you’re just simply out of luck. Instead, you’ll now need to wait until sometime in March for the next beta release in order to try out Android 12L. This is a real shame considering that those who have already installed the update are stating that the update is much smoother than the official Android 12 build and fixes many of the problems that users have been facing.

We aren’t sure if Google is having so many problems developing for the new Tensor chip, but there’s definitely something going on here and it’s just all disappointing and frustrating. Hopefully, 12L can start to turn things around, but we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed.


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