January 28, 2023

The second beta for Android 13 QPR2 is currently rolling out for select Pixel phones with new experimental features and even some emojis.

If you just go to the official release notes (opens in new tab), you’d think it’s nothing but a patch for fixing things like a glitch in the UI that “caused the home screen to become unresponsive”. But notable Android expert Mashaal Rahman managed the entire beta in one long Twitter thread (opens in new tab). There’s one feature in particular that he and other Android viewers are pretty excited about, and that’s the ability to create monochrome app icons that mirror the Material You theme on Pixel phones. This way everything has a uniform appearance.