Life on the bleeding edge is just business as usual for Pixels
Today might be unquestionably Samsung’s, with the launch of the Galaxy S23 series still dominating our attention, but not even a big event like that is going to sideline Google and its efforts to bring Pixel users the very latest Android enhancements. For the past couple months now we’ve been following Google’s progress with Android 13 QPR2 betas, ahead of March’s anticipated feature drop, and today we get our very latest build with the release of QPR2 Beta 3.
If it feels like we just got a new QPR2 preview, you’re not wrong, and we’re only a couple weeks removed from the incremental release of Beta 2.1. That one delivered some critical bugfixes, but we’ve still been curious to see what more substantial changes might land before this beta period ended. Today’s release of QPR2 Beta 3 starts delivering those answers.
Developer-reported and user-reported issues
- Fixed an issue where notifications in a notification group were sometimes displayed with straight corners instead of rounded corners.
- Fixed an issue where the message in the notification shade that indicates an active VPN connection overlapped with the message about apps with active foreground services.
- Fixed an issue where the overflow menu couldn’t be accessed when editing Quick Settings tiles.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a device with vibration enabled to vibrate for too long after it received a notification.
Other resolved issues
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused messaging apps to crash or fail to send notifications.
- Fixed a GPU issue that prevented apps 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 the Google Assistant was activated.
- Fixed an issue in the com.android.qns 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 Search bar in the app drawer.
- 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 crashed with a “Settings keeps stopping” message and then the system Settings app couldn’t be opened .
- Fixed an issue with the System UI that sometimes caused it to crash from a null pointer exception.
- Fixed an issue where the connection status of a Bluetooth device sometimes did not match the actual device state.
- Fixed an issue where the Pixel launcher crashed when a user tapped a web search suggestion for a query term.
- Fixed an issue that caused status bar icons to overlap with the date text when font and display settings were set to their maximum level on a device.
Pixel owners who are signed up to participate in the beta should be receiving their OTA updates shortly. For the impatient among you, there’s always the option to download the update directly, or even a full factory image.