Google has released the second beta for the upcoming Android 13 QPR3 release scheduled for June, but the new version doesn’t offer many new features and improvements. Since QPR3 will be the last release to support Android 13, it focuses on stability and on bug fix changes.
But there are still some quality of life improvements. These will become available to devices from other brands in the next major Android release, namely Android 14. Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2 offers a new feature that will be available for other devices in Android 14: improved PIN privacy.
The feature that improves PIN privacy will make it harder for over-the-shoulder surfers to watch you enter your PIN, as Android’s lock screen won’t show an obvious visual cue for every number you tap.
A recent report by The Wall Street Journal showed how surfers can gain almost complete access to a user’s Apple or Google account by simply observing the unlock code on the phone and then swiping their device.
Improved PIN privacy isn’t the only new lock screen-related improvement coming to Android 14. There’s also a new feature called “auto confirm correct PIN” that lets you bypass pressing Enter to unlock your phone. It’s not yet available to users, unlike the new enhanced PIN privacy toggle seen in Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2. Android 14 Beta 1 is likely to be available in early April. Stay tuned for details.