Google rolls out the first beta of Android 13 QPR3 for Pixel phones

Google has just dropped the first beta of Android 13 QPR3. Following the release of the March feature drop, testing goes live for the upcoming June feature drop. Pixel owners can upgrade to the latest beta to try out the new features and changes.

Google labels the Android 13 QPR3 beta 1 with T3B1.230224.005 build number and weighs around 250MB in size. 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.

In terms of changes, the update addresses a number of issues faced by Pixel owners. The list includes the issue where the clock text color on the lock screen was wrong, Bluetooth audio not working with some devices, fingerprint icon issues, not being able to use or select live wallpapers, Face Unlock unenrolled after installing an OTA update, as well as the issue where widgets, app icon positions, and other home screen setup configurations were reset after installing an OTA update.

Here’s the complete list of resolved issues shared by Google on the Android Developers Blog.

  • Fixed an issue where the clock text on the lockscreen was the wrong color.
  • Fixed an issue where Bluetooth audio wasn’t working on some devices.
  • Fixed an issue where the fingerprint icon that is normally displayed on screen to indicate the position of the fingerprint sensor erroneously changed to an exclamation point (!).
  • Fixed an issue where live wallpapers could not be selected or used.
  • Fixed an issue where widgets, app icon positions, and other configurable options on the home screen were reset after installing an OTA update.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a device to be unenrolled from Face Unlock after installing an OTA update.

Google didn’t share information about any new features available in the first beta, so, we can’t say anything about that until we flash the beta on our Pixel.

It is a small incremental upgrade, the Pixel owners can easily update their phones to the first beta by joining the Android Beta program. 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 and want to try out the new QPR build, then you can take a part in the beta program by heading 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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