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.
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)
- 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.
- 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.
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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Samsung Galaxy Tab A9 Plus with Snapdragon chip spotted on Google Play Console
Google Play Console listing doesn’t reveal much about its specs, while its existence is almost confirmed. The Galaxy Tab A9 Plus will feature a 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution display, while the size remains unknown at the moment.
Past reports revealed that this tablet will be equipped with Snapdragon 695 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM. However, the Tab A9 is said to sport MediaTek’s Helio G99 chipset and a 1340 x 800 pixels resolution display.
Samsung enhances Smart View feature through new update
Now, the company is enhancing the Samsung Smart View feature through a new update. It fixes some issues that users spotted in previous versions to improve the performance and stability of the app.
The installtion package size of this update is 5.73MB, available on the Galaxy Store. If you use the Smart View function of a Samsung smartphone, then you should install the latest update of it.
You can get the Samsung Smart View 22.214.171.124 update through Galaxy Store >> Menu option >> Updates. Also, you can download it through the link mentioned here.
Don’t wait for One UI 6 on these Samsung smartphones
It’s not possible for any smartphone maker to provide users with never-ending software support. With Android 13, various Galaxy devices ended major upgrade support, and the same case will happen with One UI 6 for some popular Samsung smartphones.
Preparation to deliver 2023’s Android version is already underway by Google. While Pixel users have started experiencing the Android 14 OS through the Beta Program, Samsung didn’t see that side. However, the company is running the One UI Beta Program, which started on August 10.
This year, popular Samsung flagships such as Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series won’t receive the One UI 6. Both lineups have finished their striking era of continuous software upgrades, still, an additional year of security patches is remaining.
Samsung has always remained the king of after-sales services to Galaxy consumers. Presently, the company provides up to four years of major OS upgrades, which will be extended further for the time being. It has also raised the bar of security updates to five years, letting consumers keep their phones longer.
Citing sadly, but don’t wait for One UI 6 on these Samsung smartphones:
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20 Plus
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy S20 FE LTE/5G
- Galaxy Z Flip – LTE/5G
- Galaxy Note20
- Galaxy Note20 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
Sizzling era ends at 5.1
Samsung delivered the One UI 5.1 upgrade to all flagship smartphones upgraded to the Android 13-based One UI 5.0. The new version means more new features, and there’s no exception with the One UI 5.1 software system.
Customization is at its peak level on the One UI 5.1 and the upgraded capabilities of Good Lock (and family) make you wow! Screenshots no longer collide with photos captured by the camera and creating a cutout of the object is as simple as copying a text!