Google has wasted no time in releasing an update to the Android 13 QPR3 Beta, which was only two weeks old. This latest update, Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2, is now available for Pixel phones, including the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. You can get it in either factory image or OTA form, or simply wait for it to be pushed to your device soon.
It’s worth noting that QPR3 Beta 2 will be the last major quarterly update for Android 13 before its consumer launch in June. So, if you’re a Pixel phone user, you can look forward to experiencing the latest and greatest features that this latest update has to offer.
In the past, Google has typically released monthly previews, but this latest beta for Android 13 QPR3 has arrived earlier than expected. It’s possible that Google has accelerated the release schedule to ensure that QPR3 testing is completed before rolling out the Android 14 Beta 1 to Android Beta Program users. This aligns with Google’s recent announcement of their plans to launch Android 14 Beta 1 earlier this month. By prioritizing the completion of QPR3 testing, Google can ensure that their upcoming Android 14 Beta 1 release is as stable and reliable as possible.
Google has listed only one official change for Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2, which relates to the Adaptive Charging feature. The update includes an improvement that allows the feature to “automatically adjust to your charging needs using on-device signals.” This change had been noticed by the internet earlier in the week and is now confirmed by Google.
In addition to the Adaptive Charging feature improvement, Google has also addressed several bugs in the latest beta release. These include a volume panel flicker, a bug causing the UI to be stuck in a blurry state, a notification shade bug, and a few others. For a comprehensive list of the resolved bugs, you can refer to Google’s official announcement.
The Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2 update addresses several important issues, with some of the top resolved issues listed below:
- Fixed an issue causing the volume panel to flicker when adjusting the volume using the volume buttons.
- Fixed an issue where the system UI would get stuck in a blurry state in certain cases, such as unlocking the device or finishing a phone call.
- Fixed an issue causing the notification shade to close immediately after opening it.
- Fixed an issue where the always-on display would display over apps and other content after unlocking the device.
- Fixed an issue preventing a device from copying apps and data wirelessly during first-time setup.
These fixes will improve the overall user experience for those using Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2 on their Pixel devices.
Google has made the Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2 release is also available for use in the Android Emulator. The Beta 2 release (T3B2.230316.003) includes the March security patch and is available for most users to install. By updating to the latest beta release, users can take advantage of the new Adaptive Charging feature and other bug fixes that have been addressed in this update.
If your device is already enrolled in the Android 13 Beta and is running a beta build, you will automatically receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to Beta 2. However, for those who wish to install the update manually, the Beta 2 system images can be downloaded from Google’s official website.
For users who prefer the traditional way of updating their devices, links to download the Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2 factory image and OTA files are available. However, it’s important to note that users can also enroll in the Android Beta Program to receive the update over-the-air.
Enrolling in the Android Beta Program is a straightforward process that doesn’t require the use of a command prompt or adb commands. Users can simply visit the program’s website to enroll and receive the latest beta release.
To get the Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2 update on your Pixel device, you can download the update via the following links:
- Pixel 4a: Factory Image or OTA
- Pixel 4a (5G): Factory Image or OTA
- Pixel 5: Factory Image or OTA
- Pixel 5a: Factory Image or OTA
- Pixel 6: Factory Image or OTA
- Pixel 6 Pro: Factory Image or OTA
- Pixel 6a: Factory Image or OTA
- Pixel 7: Factory Image or OTA
- Pixel 7 Pro: Factory Image or OTA
Choose the appropriate link for your handset and follow the instructions provided to download and install the update. Alternatively, as we mentioned above, you can enroll in the Android Beta Program to receive the update over-the-air.