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Android 13 May 2023 QPR3 Beta starts rolling out

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Pixel Wath September 2023 update

Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3.1 with May 2023 patch begins to rollout for Google Pixel smartphones, bringing fixes to several issues. The company is gradually releasing the update over the air to consumers, who have enrolled in the Android Beta program.

Last month, Google released the Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3, which also fixed some of the severe issues reported by Pixel device users. Through the new incremental release, the company aims to provide users with a seamless and error-free experience.

The US tech giant will deploy all of the changes it made in Android 13’s QPR3 testing with the June 2023 Pixel Feature Drop on a stable channel. As the May 2023 patch is done rolling out to Pixels, Google is now actively preparing for the third feature-rich software rollout this year.

With the QPR3 Beta 3.1, Google brings fixes to various stability issues along with the notification shade sticking problem. In order to enhance the system UI, it also patches a memory leak, which helps to fix the random app crashing problem too.

Pixel users reported that the device crashes occasionally when trying to use the stock camera application, which is now being fixed with Beta 3.1. Moreover, the latest software also fixes issues that sometimes caused excessive power drain on Pixel phones.

Android 13 May 2023 QPR3 Beta Changelog

  • Fixed various stability issues
  • Fixed an issue that caused the first notification in the notification shade to get stuck with an offset
  • Fixed a memory leak that affected the system UI.
  • Fixed an issue where the volume level that was set while TalkBack was enabled did not persist after toggling TalkBack off and on again.
  • Fixed issues with the system UI that sometimes caused apps to crash.
  • Fixed issues that could cause a device to crash when using the camera.
  • Fixed issues that sometimes caused excessive power drain.

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Android gets Instant Hotspot feature that your Samsung Galaxy will miss out

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Samsung Instant Hotspot feature

Google has recently released Android Feature Drop with a new feature called Instant Hotspot, which simplifies the way devices connect to the internet. However, the search giant officially announced that the Instant Hotspot feature will not be available on Samsung devices.

The Instant Hotspot feature allows Android tablets and Chromebooks to connect to a phone’s hotspot with just a tap, simplifying the process of sharing a mobile data connection. Previously, users had to manually activate the hotspot, search for it on their device, and enter a password to connect.

According to the information via Android Authority, this feature is part of a new Cross-Device Services module in Play Services, bringing a seamless experience similar to Apple’s Continuity.

Instant Hotspot feature works on phones running Android 11 or newer, but, notably, Samsung devices are excluded. While the exact reason for this exclusion is not disclosed, Samsung may have chosen not to participate to promote its own connectivity features.

Still, Samsung Galaxy device owners can quickly connect their devices to the internet through existing features like Auto Hotspot for Samsung tablets and Instant Tethering for Chromebooks.

Samsung Instant Hotspot feature

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Android’s Find My Device app to get Biometric login, Remote lock features

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Find My Device network

Google is bringing Biometric login support to Android’s Find My Device app. It is a quite useful app that allows you to find your stolen or misplaced Android device. Recently, Google started releasing the Find My Device network with upgraded capabilities.

Google continues to enhance Android and ecosystem services. The recent rollout of offline findings significantly boosted the usability and importance of the Find My Device functionality. Advancements coming to Android would directly benefit Samsung and Galaxy users!

Biometric Login

AndroidAuthority discovered that the Find My Device app seems to be testing a new “Allow Biometric login” option. This feature would allow you to verify your identity through biometric verification. This will significantly ease the accessibility of the app so you can effortlessly locate your devices.

Remote Lock

Apart from this, Google is also working on a new Remote Lock feature for Find My Device. It is expected to make it easier to lock your lost phone, similar to what Samsung offers. However, it will require login credentials of your Google Account and verification code if enabled.

The report mentions that the Remote Lock feature will be rolled out to Android 10+ devices. It might allow you to put a screen lock if it isn’t enabled before losing. Later this year, a major Google Play Services app update will bring it to your device.

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Android 15 Beta 2.1 update fixes Private Space issue

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Android 15 Beta 2.1

Google has released Android 15 Beta 2.1 update for Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 6a, Pixel 7, 7 Pro, 7a, Pixel 8, 8 Pro, 8a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. This update primarily addresses an issue with the Private space feature.

Android 15 Beta 2.1 comes with the security patch for May 2024 and can be identified through version AP31.240426.023. It is a minor update with a size of around 11-12MB.

The main fix in this update corrects an issue where initially creating a Private space caused the removal of app icons from the Home screen. With this update, the process of setting up a Private space will no longer affect the Home screen’s organization.

Google has also shared some tips on how to manage the Private space. For instance, if you can’t recall how to access a hidden Private space, simply search for ‘Private Space’ in the search bar.

Moreover, if you forget the unlock method for Private space, it can be deleted from the reset options in the device settings. Apps can also be installed in Private space by long-pressing the app icon and selecting the ‘Install in private’ option.

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