Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3.1 has been released for supported Pixel smartphones and is now available for download.
Android 13 QPR1 was originally released around the beginning of September, with Beta 2 landing early last month and Beta 3 just released a few weeks ago. Now, Google has delivered its latest Android update with the release of QPR1 Beta 3.1. It’s just been made available to supported Pixel devices, which means if you have a Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro you can now download this update as long as you are in beta.
The latest version, T1B3.221003.008, is classified as a minor update, so you won’t see any new features added here, but in return, it brings lots of bug fixes. In its release notes, the following issues were listed as fixed:
- Fixed a platform issue that caused apps to crash when using a
MediaSessionto handle hardware media player button inputs. (Number no. 251798994, no. 252665746, no. 251381423, no. 251513135, no. 255500998)
- Fixed issues where a device’s GPU drivers would sometimes cause the system UI to freeze during normal device usage.
- Fixed an issue where Pixel phones would sometimes display an incorrect “Missed call” notification instead of “Call answered on another device” when the call was answered remotely by Pixel Watch (in untethered mode).
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Google Camera app to crash.
- Fixed an issue that prevented Google Assistant from being activated by keyword on some devices.
- Fixed an issue that prevented motion-based gestures such as “Pick up to check phone” or “Flip to Shhh” from working on some devices.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused artifacts to be displayed when recording or viewing videos on certain devices.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Google Camera app to launch slowly.
- Fixed an issue for Pixel 6a devices that sometimes caused CarrierSettings to crash when inserting a SIM card.
- Fixed an issue that caused the “Go to browser” option in the notification shade to not work when using an instant app.
If you want to try out this beta, you can do so by heading to the source link below. You will need to enroll your device in Google’s beta program or manually load the update. You can do this by logging into your account and seeing which Android devices are eligible for the program. Once registered, you will be able to download the latest update and also provide feedback using the issue tracker.
As to why the company is releasing a 3.1 beta (instead of releasing those fixes in beta 4), it’s probably just because of the number of bug fixes. Google has in the past released interim betas with fixes to guide users to the next version. We’ve seen this quite frequently with Android 13, with Beta 3 having two interim releases before Beta 4 arrives.
As a warning, this is a beta release, so while there are plenty of fixes, there could also be plenty of issues. As you can see from the rather long changelog above, it is not impossible that there will be problems if you install this version. While it’s a good idea to use a secondary device if you have one, make sure to back up anything important on your phone before you start the process if you’re using your daily driver. Besides that, find out how to download Android 13 and how to install it on your device.
Source: Android Developer Platform Versions
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