Google has released the Android 13 QPR1 Beta update for Pixel handsets to fix some of those leftover bugs. It’s important to mention that the Android 13 QPR1 Beta update officially supports a set of Pixel handsets only. The list includes Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a. Dropped from support in this upgrade are Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL as well.
This Quarterly Platform Release (QPR) update brings some changes to audio, additional eSIM support, new platform features, bug fixes, performance optimizations, and the September 2022 security patches, and more. Some animations also hint at Google’s upcoming Pixel Tablet with Google Assistant docking features. According to a senior technical editor at Esper, this update includes some audio-related features such as Spatial Audio and Bluetooth LE Audio, which includes the LC3 codec. That’s not all! There is another feature called “Clear calling” which helps make calls much clearer by reducing background noise. Check out some of the remaining list of fixes below:
- Fixed an issue for some devices that mistakenly caused a user’s emergency contact to be dialed from the lock screen when the device was in their pocket. (Issue #233159557)
Other resolved issues
- Fixed various issues for Pixel 6a devices that made it difficult for users to unlock their device or to set up Fingerprint Unlock.
- Fixed an issue that caused the system UI to crash in certain cases, such as gesturing from the edge of the screen to go back.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the 5G icon to be displayed instead of the 5G UW icon, even when the affected device was already successfully connected to a 5G UW network.
Pixel owners don’t need to wait for the Pixel OTA, though. Google is ready to go with OTA files and full system images. Just make sure you download the right one. If you’re already enrolled in the Android 13 Beta Program on your Pixel handset, you will automatically receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to the Android 13 QPR1 Beta. You can expect an OTA update in the coming hours.
If you are yet to enroll and would like to join the Android beta, you can visit g.co/androidbeta.
It may take up to 24 hours to receive the OTA update on your device. You can check for updates by going to Settings > System > System updates. If you’re using the required Pixel phone, you can grab the OTA file and sideload it. Most users will be installing Beta 1 (T1B1.220819.007 for the Pixel 6a, and T1B1.220819.006 for all other phones). Please make sure you take a backup of your phone before you install this beta. These are full system images that will delete everything by default and will install over. you would need to manually download complete firmware image from the links below.
- Download system factory image for Pixel 6a: Factory Image — OTA
- Download system factory image for Pixel 6 Pro: Factory Image — OTA
- Download system factory image for Pixel 6: Factory Image — OTA
- Download system factory image for Pixel 5a: Factory Image — OTA
- Download system factory image for Pixel 5: Factory Image — OTA
- Download system factory image for Pixel 4a (5G): Factory Image — OTA
- Download system factory image for Pixel 4a: Factory Image — OTA