Google kicks off Android 13 QPR1 beta for Pixel phones

After releasing the stable Android 13 update for compatible Pixel phones last month, Google began testing the Quarterly Platform Release (QPR). Google has announced the Android 13 QPR1 beta for eligible phones. The first beta of Android 13 QPR1 squashes small issues and bugs available in the OS.

Google has officially confirmed the rollout of the new update, saying, “Following the stable release of Android 13 to AOSP, we continue to update the platform with fixes and improvements that are then rolled out to supported devices. These releases happen on a quarterly cadence through Quarterly Platform Releases (QPRs), which are delivered both to AOSP and to Google Pixel devices as part of Feature Drops.”

If you own the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, or Pixel 6a, then you can join the Android Beta Program and install the Quarterly Platform Release on your phone. The first beta is labeled with the T1B1.220819.006 build number if you own the Pixel 6a then it is rolling with the T1B1.220819.007 software version. The latest software is seeding with September 2022 monthly security patch.

Speaking of the changes, then the update fixes the fingerprint issue on the Pixel 6a, the system crashing issue while using the back gesture, the 5G icon displayed instead of 5G UW in some conditions, fixed an issue that mistakenly caused a user’s emergency contact to be dialed from the lock screen, and other improvements.

Here’s the complete changelog.

  • Developer-reported issues
    • Fixed an issue for some devices that mistakenly caused a user’s emergency contact to be dialed from the lock screen when the device was in their pocket. (Issue #233159557)
  • Other resolved issues
    • Fixed various issues for Pixel 6a devices that made it difficult for users to unlock their device or to set up Fingerprint Unlock.
    • Fixed an issue that caused the system UI to crash in certain cases, such as gesturing from the edge of the screen to go back.
    • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the 5G icon to be displayed instead of the 5G UW icon, even when the affected device was already successfully connected to a 5G UW network.

If your eligible Pixel phone is running on the stable version of Android 13, then you need to join the Android Beta Program and then update your phone to the first beta of Android 13 QPR1. If you were enrolled Android 13 beta previously, then you should still be enrolled to receive a QPR upgrade. Once upgraded to the new beta, you can use the Android Beta Feedback app to submit problems or issues available on the beta.

You can manually sideload the upgrade your phone to the beta, visit this page to download the Factory images and this page to get the OTA files. Make sure to take a backup before sideloading the new software.

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