Fresh Android 13 Beta Build Hits Pixel Phones

Fresh Android 13 Beta Build Hits Pixel Phones

Google released Android 13 QPR2 Beta 3 for select Pixel devices on Samsung’s big day. Not nice, man.

Currently, if you own a Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 or 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, or Pixel 7 or 7 Pro, you can grab the latest beta. The release arrives as T2B3.230109.002 and fixes quite a long list of bugs.

On the release notes page for this Android 13 beta update, Google just states that they are using this Quarterly Platform Releases (QPR) situation to update the platform with fixes and improvements. They then dive into the “major fixed issues” for this QPR2 beta 3 which you can find below:

Issues reported by developers and users

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 on apps with active foreground services. (Issue #266075977) Fixed an issue where the overflow menu was not accessible when editing quick settings tiles. (Issue #263484657) Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause a vibration-enabled device to vibrate too long after receiving a notification. (Number #239676913)

Other fixed issues

Fixed an issue that sometimes caused messaging apps to crash or fail to send notifications. Fixed a GPU issue that prevented applications 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 activating the Google Assistant. Fixed an issue in the 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 app drawer search bar. 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 would crash with a “Settings are stopping” message, then the System Settings app could not be opened. Fixed an issue with the System UI that sometimes caused it to crash due to a null pointer exception. Fixed an issue where the connection status of a Bluetooth device sometimes did not match the actual status of the device. Fixed an issue where the Pixel launcher would crash when a user tapped on a web search suggestion for a query term. Fixed an issue that caused status bar icons to overlap with date text when font and display settings are set to their maximum on a device.

As for the new issues, you can read more here.

If you want to get the update, the easiest way will be to go through the Android Beta program. Sign up for it here. If you want to go another route, you can manually flash the factory image or the OTA files linked below.

Android 13 QPR2 beta 3

Release date: February 1, 2023
Version: T2B3.230109.002
Security patch level: January 2023
Google Play services: 23.03.13

Android 13 QPR2 Beta 3 Downloads: Factory Images | OTA files

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