Since March, Google has been maintaining two active channels of beta updates for its smartphone users. Pixel feature drops are now part of the Quarterly Platform Release (QPR) branch, while an upcoming major Android revision has found its track. As per the new strategy, the company delivered Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2 and Android 13 Beta 1 in April. The current state of the Android beta program feels like a hot mess, as Google has now come up with a set of temporary restrictions for beta enrollment for the month of May.
Earlier today, Google published a short post /r/android_beta Detailing what Pixel owners who opt for the beta initiative can expect after the Android 12 May 2022 stable release. The post states that if you have already installed the May security patch on your Pixel device, you should be able to enroll in the beta program, but the beta OTA will be delayed. This is because both the latest available Android 12 QPR3 beta 2 build and Android 13 beta 1 build are both older than the May update. As a result, one has to wipe their device to make the infection.
Fortunately, the waiting period for QPR Branch is relatively short. Android 12 QPR3 beta 3 is “coming this week” according to Google. Those who want to switch to the Android 13 beta branch, however, will have to wait a bit longer. There’s no concrete timeline for a beta 2 release (“coming soon” is Google’s exact wording). Also, even after installing the QPR3 beta 3 build (once it’s available), you won’t receive Android 13 beta 1 right away and will have to wait until the beta 2 build arrives.
Keep in mind that the restrictions only apply to the over-the-air beta update mechanism. If you’re no stranger to manual flashing, you can easily switch between beta update tracks yourself. However, it is worth noting that the flashing process completely wipes the target device, thus it is highly recommended that you back up your data before proceeding.
Source: Android Beta Program on Reddit