Oops! Google seeds Android 12 to several Pixel owners instead of the new Android 13 build
Redditor receives update for Android 12 instead of Android 13
The same Redditor also wrote “Glad to know that I’m not the only one with this error. Not glad to know that Google would be so sloppy with something like this.” He included a screenshot for those who like to say “Picture or else it didn’t happen.” Another Redditor noted that he installed the update anyway, and it did turn out to be Android 12. Perhaps the funniest comment about the situation came from Reddit user TNT102495 who said, “Maybe we’ll get Android 13 when 14 comes out.”
Others swear that they originally received the Android 13 update only to find that by the time they were ready to download and install the update, it was Android 12 that was loaded instead. Some say that after installing Android 12 even though it was already on their phone, the Android 13 update then surfaced.
To see which version of Android your Pixel is running, go to Settings > About phone and scroll down to the Android version heading. The number you see directly under the heading is the version of Android you are running. Most of the Pixels involved in this faux pas are Pixel 6 models with others having this issue using the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5a models.
Google’s mistake almost seems expected considering the bugs found with the Pixel 6 series
We also want to reiterate something important that we stressed yesterday and want to repeat. If you are a member of the Android 13 beta program and want to return to the stable releases without having to wipe your phone, you have a limited time to do so. But you must have Android 13 installed on your device before opting out of the beta program. Otherwise, you can remain in the beta program with the Quarterly Pixel Feature Drop beta starting next month. Or, you can opt out and have your phone wiped.
Will Google give loyal Pixel 6 series owners a special deal on the upcoming Pixel 7 line?
Google, hopefully, replaced the optical under-display fingerprint scanner on the Pixel 6 line with an optical biometric reader on the upcoming 2022 series. Of course, thet doesn’t help Pixel 6 series owners. Hopefully, Google rewards those who stuck with their Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro despite the issues and offers a special trade-in program for Pixel 6 users who want to buy one of the Pixel 7 handsets.
After all, Google did give $300 to Pixel 3a owners who traded in their device for the Pixel 6a. That deal reduced the price of the Pixel 6a to only $149 for Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL owners. Interestingly, Google has restarted this promotional deal.