Google releases Android 13 QPR2 Beta 1 for Pixel Phones

Soon after releasing the Pixel feature drop, Google started Android 13 QPR2 beta testing. The last feature drop update was the biggest feature drop update released a week back which brought a bunch of new features for Pixel phones. And now Google has started preparing for its next big quarterly update. Let’s find out what’s new in Android 13 QPR2 Beta 1.

The holiday week coming soon and this is a holiday treat from Google to Pixel users. The new beta update is available for Pixel phones eligible for Android 13. The list includes Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro.

The first beta of Android 13 QPR2 (Quarterly Platform Releases) comes with build number T2B1.221118.006. Android 13 QPR2 Beta update comes with December 2022 Android Security Patch. There will be at least two more beta builds before the release of the next feature drop update which might release in March. These beta builds are rolled out each month.

Android 13 QPR2 Beta 1 Changes

Android 13 QPR2 Beta 1 comes with some changes and new features. And with time we may come to find more changes. As of now we are aware of changes such as the inclusion of Spatial Audio settings under Sound and Vibration settings, thicker padding in Pixel’s default launcher, the Health connect app comes pre-installed in the update, and some other minor changes.

If you have found some other changes, feel free to share them with others in the comment section.

Known Issues

Android Platform

  • The list of Recent apps sometimes becomes unresponsive if the screen orientation is changed while the list is open.
  • In some cases when entering and exiting Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode from an app after changing the screen orientation, the system Settings app crashes with a “Settings keeps stopping” message and then the system Settings app can’t be opened.
  • An issue with the System UI can sometimes cause the Home screen to become unresponsive.

Google Apps

  • After switching back to Normal video capture mode from Slow Motion mode in the Google Camera app, the app continues capturing slow-motion video if the capture speed was changed between the 1/8x and 1/4x while in Slow Motion mode.

As mentioned earlier the beta update is available for Pixel 4a and newer pixels, if you opted for QPR1 beta on any of the mentioned Pixel phones and never unroll the beta, you will receive an OTA update. And if you want to join the beta program, you can opt-in here.

If you update your device to QPR2 Beta 1 and then unroll from beta, it will wipe all your data. So make sure to take data backup if you decide to unroll.

Also, you need to backup your device before updating and charge the device to at least 50%.

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Ashutosh singh

Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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