Today, Google kicked off two updates for the Pixel phones, obviously, there’s a monthly incremental update, dubbed as November 2022 security update. While the second update released today is the new beta for the upcoming Android 13 QPR1. Yes, if you own a Pixel 4a or newer model, then you can upgrade your Pixel to the Android 13 QPR1 beta 3.1 update. This month’s release brings the newer security patch and fixes a big list of bugs, read along to know more details.
Google seeds the new beta build with the T1B3.221003.008 version number, just like the previously released incremental updates, it requires a small chunk of data for downloading. It weighs only 45MB in size on Pixel 7 Pro, so, you can quickly update your phone to the new software. This month’s release brings November 2022 monthly security patch. Google has officially shared the details of the new beta on the Android Beta subreddit as well as on the Android Developers website.
Moving to the changes, then Google fixes a big list of issues with this release, you can check the complete list of fixes here.
- Fixed a platform issue that caused apps to crash when they were using a MediaSession to handle input from hardware media playback buttons. (Issue #251798994, Issue #252665746, Issue #251381423, Issue #251513135, Issue #255500998)
- Fixed issues where a device’s GPU drivers sometimes caused the system UI to freeze during normal device use.
- Fixed an issue where Pixel phones sometimes displayed an incorrect “Missed call” notification instead of “Call answered on another device” when the call was answered remotely by Pixel Watch (in untethered mode).
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Google Camera app to crash.
- Fixed an issue that prevented Google Assistant from being activated by hotword on some devices.
- Fixed an issue that prevented motion-based gestures, such as “Lift to check phone” or “Flip to Shhh”, from working on some devices.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused artifacts to display when recording or viewing video on some devices.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Google Camera app to launch slowly.
- Fixed an issue for Pixel 6a devices that sometimes caused the CarrierSettings to crash when inserting a SIM card.
- Fixed that issue that prevented the “Go to browser” option in the notification shade from working while using an instant app.
So, if you are using a Pixel phone running on the Android 13 QPR1 beta and facing any of the above-listed issues on your device, then you can update to the newer version. If you are on the stable Android 13 and want to update to the Quarterly Platform Release, then you can take a part in the beta program, you can head over to the Android Beta Program website and enroll in the beta program, once enrolled you can update your phone to latest Android 13 QPR release.
You can also 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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