Google surprises Pixel users on Samsung’s big event day by releasing the third beta of Android 13 QPR2. Today’s release addresses a plethora of issues found in the last beta, as well as brings system-wide enhancements. Yes, the new software is already available for the users running on the Quarterly Platform Release.
The eligible Pixel phones receive the new software with the T2B3.230109.002 build number. The incremental upgrade weighs 135MB in size for those running on the second beta. Yes, you can quickly upgrade your Pixel to the latest beta. For eligibility, the new update is available for Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro.
Speaking of the changes, then Google addresses a big list of issues that were available in the previous beta, the list includes the long vibrations issue while receiving a notification, not being able to access the overflow menu while editing Quick Settings tiles, overlapping issue in notification panel when VPN is activated, the straight corners issue for notifications showing in a notification group instead of rounded corners, and many more.
Here’s the complete list of fixes available in the Android 13 QPR2 beta 3.
- Developer-reported and user-reported issues
- Fixed an issue where notifications in a notification group were sometimes displayed with straight corners instead of rounded corners. (Issue #264287776, Issue #265529116)
- Fixed an issue where the message in the notification shade that indicates an active VPN connection overlapped with the message about apps with active foreground services. (Issue #266075977)
- Fixed an issue where the overflow menu couldn’t be accessed when editing Quick Settings tiles. (Issue #263484657)
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a device with vibration enabled to vibrate for too long after it received a notification. (Issue #239676913)
- Other resolved issues
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused messaging apps to crash or fail to send notifications.
- Fixed a GPU issue that prevented apps from using certain visual effects.
- Fixed an issue where Quick Settings tiles for a work profile were not added after setting up a new device.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Pixel launcher to crash when using the Search bar in the app drawer.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented a device from being unlocked using a pattern after the Google Assistant was activated.
- Fixed an issue in the com.android.qns system process that sometimes caused crashes.
- Fixed an issue with the Pixel launcher that prevented Chinese text input from being recognized when typing in the Search bar in the app drawer.
- Fixed an issue where when entering and exiting Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode from an app after changing the screen orientation, the system Settings app crashed with a “Settings keeps stopping” message and then the system Settings app couldn’t be opened.
- Fixed an issue with the System UI that sometimes caused it to crash from a null pointer exception.
- Fixed an issue where the connection status of a Bluetooth device sometimes did not match the actual device state.
- Fixed an issue where the Pixel launcher crashed when a user tapped a web search suggestion for a query term.
- Fixed an issue that caused status bar icons to overlap with the date text when font and display settings were set to their maximum level on a device.
If your Pixel is already running on a QPR build then you will receive it over-the-air. If you are on the stable Android 13 update, then you need to join the Android beta program to try out the new software, 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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