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Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2: What’s new, eligible devices, resolved and known issues

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Recently, Google released the Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2 for various Pixel devices (4a to 7 Pro). The latest Beta build comes with a handful of new features and fixes issues and problems that were reported by testers. Google may apply these changes on the Stable channel with June 2023 Feature Drop.

Unlike developer previews and betas for unreleased versions of Android, these builds are suitable for general use. Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2 introduces the next round of refinements such as bug fixes and improvements to stability and performance.

What’s New (Feature)

  • Improvements for Adaptive Charging that can automatically adjust to your charging needs using on-device signals.

Eligible Devices

You can install Android 13 QPR3 Beta 2 on any of the following Google Pixel devices:

  • Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
  • Pixel 6a
  • Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
  • Pixel 5 and 5a
  • Pixel 4a and 4a (5G)

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed an issue that caused the volume panel to flicker when adjusting the volume using the volume buttons.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the system UI to get stuck in a blurry state in some cases, such as unlocking the device or finishing a phone call.
  • Fixed an issue where the notification shade was closing immediately after a user opened it.
  • Fixed an issue where the always-on display was displayed over apps and other content after unlocking the device.
  • Fixed an issue where a device couldn’t copy apps and data wirelessly during first-time setup.

Known Issues

  • Universal – This release might have various stability, battery, or performance issues.
  • If the user tries to open the camera by pressing the power button twice, the camera displays a black screen instead.
  • In some cases when a work profile is switched on or off, the device reboots instead.
  • The list of Recent apps sometimes becomes unresponsive if the screen orientation is changed while the list is open.

What’s QPR?

Back in August 2023, Google seeded Android 13 OS to AOSP, and continues to update the platform with fixes and improvements for supported Pixel phones. These releases happen on a quarterly rhythm via Quarterly Platform Releases, which are delivered both to AOSP and Pixel devices as part of Feature Drops.

Samsung x Android 13

In October last year, Samsung started delivering the new Android 13 operating system to Galaxy devices with the One UI 5.0 update. Later on, the company introduced a slightly tweaked yet refined One UI 5.1 version, which has already reached several phones and tablets.

Samsung x Android 14

Google is running the Android 14 Developer Preview, and the Public Beta is likely to start this month. However, Galaxy devices are unlikely to get access to the new OS until the official release of v14 as Samsung runs independent development and testing program.

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Will Samsung launch Slim variants of Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6?

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Samsung might launch Galaxy Z Flip 6 Slim and Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slip GalaxyClub reports. While the company is marching towards its July Unpacked, rumors about new Slim models are surfacing now.

RossYoung hints that Samsung might introduce a Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim. It could have a larger display than the regular phone and lack S Pen support. This variant could hit the market later this year in the fourth quarter.

The Z Fold 6 Slim is model-numbered Q6 Slim, while there’s also a B6 Slim. B6 is the model number of the upcoming Z Flip 6, with Slim also expected. These rumors point out that the affordable foldables might be Slim.

At present, we don’t have any idea of the specifications of the Slim foldables. Earlier, it was reported that Samsung was heavily shocked by the reduced thickness of foldable phones released by Chinese vendors specifically Huawei.

It looks like the Korean tech giant has decided to trim some key specs in order to make foldables thinner. Those who want pro-grade specs would have option to go for strategic models, while Slim variants would extend the choice.

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Samsung struggles in Nvidia HBM test: Reuters

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Samsung is facing difficulties in passing the Nvidia HBM test Reuters reports. The report says that Samsung has not yet passed Nvidia’s tests for high-bandwidth memory. Issues with heat and power consumption are reportedly the major reasons.

Since last year, Samsung has been facing issues passing Nvidia HBM tests for HBM3 and HBM3E. Meanwhile, the South Korean tech giant responded (via Reuters), “The testing is still ongoing, and final results have not been determined.”

Last month, Nvidia failed Samsung’s 8-stack and 12-stack HBM3E chips. However, the testing is still running and the company may get more chances to get its chips passed. In case the company fails to pass the HBM test, it will lag behind its competitor SK Hynix.

HBM is a key player in the booming popularity of artificial intelligence. This semiconductor stacks DRAM layers to dramatically increase data capacity and processing speed. Currently, SK Hynix and Samsung Electronics have been sharing the market.

Analysts also say that SK Hynix, which developed the first HBM chip in 2013, has spent far more time and resources on HBM research and development than Samsung over the past decade, accounting for its technological edge.

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iFixit ends Samsung collab, Repair Hub to shut next month

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iFixit made a surprising announcement, breaking its repair ties with Samsung next month. The company says that a number of reasons are behind the termination of this collaboration. Two years after servicing Galaxies, iFixit will stop selling original spare parts next month.

Samsung allegedly creates problems for independent repair services. Consumers purchasing original spare parts from Samsung are required to submit their name, contact details, home address, IMEI number, and defect details for every repair carried out.

“It’s with a heavy wrench that we have decided to end our partnership with Samsung. Despite a huge amount of effort, Samsung’s approach to repairability does not align with our mission,” iFixit reports.

The Galaxy maker also requires repair service providers to purchase spare parts in large quantities. Service providers stay away from hefty purchases as Galaxy phones are often designed in such a way that spare parts have to be sold as a glued unit with several components.

Changes taking place starting June 1st, 2024:

  • Starting June 2024, iFixit will no longer be Samsung’s designated third-party parts and tools distributor.
  • iFixit will no longer have a quantity limit of seven Samsung parts per repair shop per quarter.
  • No existing information will be removed from iFixit, but it will not collaborate directly with Samsung to develop new manuals.
  • iFixit will continue to sell parts and repair fix kits for Samsung devices, sourcing OEM parts when available and clearly indicating whether parts are original or aftermarket.
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