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You can’t revert from Android 13 to Android 12 on Pixel 6 devices

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Today, Google came with some shocking news for tech enthusiasts. They have officially launched the public release of Android 13. And it is all set to roll out on Pixel phones.  But the major aspect worth noting here is that- Once updated to Android 13, the latest generation of Pixels: 6, 6 Pro, and 6a will not be able to revert to Android 12

Android 13 was just released for Google’s Pixel smartphones, and you can install it right away by going to your phone’s settings and checking for an update. However, if you have a Google Pixel 6, Google Pixel 6 Pro, or a Google Pixel 6a, then be warned: trying to roll back to Android 12 after updating will trip your phone’s anti-rollback protection. This means that the update to Android 13 is essentially permanent.

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We spotted the warning on the Android 13 factory images page, where it says the following:

“The Android 13 update for Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and the Pixel 6a contains a bootloader update that increments the anti-roll back version. After flashing an Android 13 build on these devices you will not be able to flash older Android 12 builds.”

This anti-rollback protection is not unlike mechanisms that some companies, such as Xiaomi, have employed in the past. For context, Xiaomi implemented anti-rollback protection by surprise on the Redmi Note 5 through a software update. When users went to downgrade they then bricked their smartphones, as they did not know they needed to be careful.

Additionally, if you’ve been in the Android 13 beta test group –

If you’d like to get out of the cycle of accelerated updates without erasing your device — usually a necessary step for exiting the queue — then this is the time to do it. Once your phone has updated to the most recent release version of Android, simply visit Google’s beta site and unenroll. On the other hand, if you stay in the beta group, then you’ll get early access to test builds of future Feature Drops for Android 13.

Android 13 comes with some nice new features like improved customization tools and a new permission option to reduce notifications. Right now, the release is just rolling out for Pixels. But it’s expected to hit devices from other vendors like Samsung and OnePlus later this year.

Android 13 brings a refined Material You theme with enhanced “Now Playing” card visuals-

and more granular app permissions controls such as allowing an app to access one item without giving access to all internal storage. There’s also support for Spatial Audio, Bluetooth LE Audio, and support for streaming sound to multiple devices at once.

“Android 13 helps ensure your devices feel unique to you – on your terms. It comes jam-packed with new capabilities for your phone and tablet. Like extending app color theming to even more apps, language settings that can be set on an app level. Improved privacy controls, and even the ability to copy text and media from one Android device and paste it to another with just a click.” Said Sameer Samat, VP of product management of Android and Google Play at Google.

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