Just two weeks after the introduction of Beta 2, Google is starting to push out the new Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3 to Pixel phones today. This may be the final Android 13 QPR1 beta before the stable release is launched in December since the company appears to be speeding up development. Along with the older Pixel devices, this new beta now includes the newly announced Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones.
Since these QPRs begin as betas rather than developer previews, they are relatively stable. Google claims these builds “are appropriate for general use.” That being said, QPRs in the past have caused issues while installation, prompting users to do a clean stable install. So, enrolling for a QPR on your primary device is not a good idea. After installing a preview release, a device wipe is necessary if you want to exit the Beta Program. This further complicates the experience.
Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3 is available for the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro, as well as in the Android Emulator. You can download the system images for a fresh install.
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With this update, Google cites the following “top resolved issues”:
Developer-reported and user-reported issues
- Fixed an issue for some devices where the screen unlock UI was displayed over notifications and other lock-screen content. (Issue #254163754)
Other resolved issues
- Fixed an issue that prevented the “Flip camera for selfie” gesture from working on some devices.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the screen to go blank while attempting to unlock a device.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented a device from being unlocked using either Face Unlock or Fingerprint Unlock when the device had been idle for multiple hours.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused fullscreen video playback to flicker after enabling always-on-display features and locking the screen.
Known issues as of now:
- In some cases, issues with a device’s GPU drivers cause the system UI to freeze during normal device use. To work around this issue, try restarting the device.
- In some cases, Pixel phones display an incorrect “Missed call” notification instead of “Call answered on another device” when the call is answered remotely by Pixel Watch (in untethered mode).
Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3 OTA
- Google Pixel 7 Pro – OTA
- Google Pixel 7 – OTA
- Google Pixel 6a – OTA
- Google Pixel 6 Pro – OTA
- Google Pixel 6 – OTA
- Google Pixel 5a – OTA
- Google Pixel 5 – OTA
- Google Pixel 4a (5G) – OTA
- Google Pixel 4a – OTA