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Pixel feature drops are now supported within the Pixel smartphone beta channel. The June 2022 drop is already here for Pixel 4 and newer devices. Interestingly, this means that Pixel 6 owners can get the June drop before they even have the March drop.

Earlier this week, Google made its tenth quarterly feature cut for Pixel smartphones. As usual, the drop contained new features and bug fixes. It also featured an upgrade to Android 12L, which Google specifically designed to better accommodate larger screens.

Today, however, Google is rolling out another new Pixel feature — the June 2022 drop, to be exact. What is that? Did you say it’s not June yet? That’s right, but this is a beta version of that drop. With little fanfare, Google today (h/t Android Police) confirmed that users within the Pixel beta program will now see beta versions of the quarterly drops.

In other words, people within the beta program will be much more likely to access feature drops than people in the stable channel. Presumably, Google is doing this to understand how users are responding to features before they roll out on a larger scale. We say “probably” there because Google hasn’t made a blog post or other announcement about this new program.

This Pixel feature drop also works with the Pixel 6

The March 2022 feature drop has rolled out to devices from the Pixel 3a to the Pixel 5. Google no longer supports devices launched before the Pixel 3a, and the release of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro has been delayed.

However, this June 2022 beta of the Pixel feature will work on Pixel 6 phones, assuming they are subscribed to the beta channel. That means you can get the June 2022 drop on your phone before you get the March 2022 drop, which is crazy for sure.

Google isn’t specifying what’s coming to the June 2022 Pixel feature, so we’ll have to wait and see once it announces anything. In the meantime, if you’d like to give it a shot on your Pixel 4 or newer device, you can check out the Google page dedicated to the new launch.


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