With the release of its first Quarterly Platform Release for Android 13, Google introduced some notable fixes in QPR1 Beta 1. But perhaps most important for Google Pixel 6a users are the improvements made to the fingerprint reader.
While we don’t know how extensive the issues were, there were early reports of being able to unlock the Pixel 6a with an unregistered fingerprint. There were also many complaints online about inconsistencies when trying to unlock the device, where it would take many tries and sometimes wouldn’t even work. Again, it’s hard to say how many people have experienced this type of problem. Still, regardless, Google must have known this kind of problem existed when it fixed the inconsistent fingerprint reader in the Pixel 6a with the QPR1 Beta 1 release. The fix is outlined in the beta as saying “fixed various issues that made it difficult for users to unlock their device or set up fingerprint locks.”
Google Pixel 6a
The Google Pixel 6a is a good mid-range choice, especially with its flagship Tensor SoC and the signature Google Pixel experience. With this beta update, Google has tried to fix some of the inconsistencies with the fingerprint sensor as well.
Although I never experienced an unregistered fingerprint unlocking the Pixel 6a, and I can confirm that sometimes the fingerprint reader was a bit inconsistent, but never to the point where it was alarming or I felt like it was broken. But I can say that after the update the fingerprint reader has improved significantly. The reader on the device can now recognize a fingerprint quickly and accurately. This is true even when intentionally making it difficult to detect, such as placing only the outer edge of a finger on the reader. Of course, just like before, experiences may vary, but personally, with this new update, things seem to have improved.
If you’re curious, you can also download the new QPR1 Beta 1 release, but be warned, it’s a beta, so there’s a chance you might run into an issue. If the device you plan to update is your everyday smartphone, it may be better to wait until the release of a public version of Android 13. Although you can go back to a stable version of Android, it will require you to wipe everything from the device your.
Source: Android Beta Program