What you need to know
- Google is rolling out a minor Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3.1 update for Pixel devices.
- Users should find this latest update with build number T1B3.221003.008.
- The patch fixes issues with the system interface and camera app, along with incorrectly displayed messages during calls, and an issue with an unresponsive Google Assistant.
Google is back with a minor update to fix freezing and other issues with the Android 13 QPR1 beta phase.
According to the release notes, the minor Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3.1 patch has now rolled out to devices from the Pixel 4a to the latest Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Users with these devices will find the new beta patch with build number T1B3.221003.008.
While Google has stated that this is a “minor” update, we received the beta update on a 2GB Pixel 6 Pro.
There were a couple of known issues that Google tried to address with this light update for those in the beta program. The first was a general Android issue and dealt with a device’s GPU drivers that caused the system interface to occasionally freeze during normal use. The second involved an issue where a Pixel device would incorrectly display “Missed call” instead of “Call answered on another device.”
This was primarily related to those who answered a call on the Pixel Watch in untethered mode.
Pixel devices also faced some issues with their cameras. The first issue with the camera app crashing at times has been fixed. There was also an issue with the camera app taking longer than usual to open, which has also been fixed. The final camera issue to be addressed was artifacts that appeared when users were recording or viewing their video back on certain Pixel devices.
An issue that caused the Pixel 6a Carrier Settings to crash when inserting a SIM card should also be fixed.
Google has also fixed an issue where the assistant is not activated by the command word on some devices.
Another known issue that has been fixed was one that caused the unlock interface to occasionally be placed on top of notifications and other lock screen elements. The QPR1 3.1 update has also fixed an issue where a device’s screen would go blank when trying to unlock it.
The company’s latest beta phase update, QPR1 Beta 3, was released just over two weeks ago as we continue to approach Android 13’s feature drop in December. This update welcomed the Pixel 7 series to the beta program along with introducing users to the upcoming Clear Calling feature. Google also added support for built-in VPNs, which is most likely a preparation for the Pixel 7’s free VPN offered through Google One.
While we’re looking at December for Android 13’s first feature drop, Pixel owners can still join in on the beta fun by signing up for the program to test what’s to come.
The Google Pixel 7 Pro is a modest step up in terms of its elegant design, glass back and metal camera shelf. However, it steps up the all-Google game with its Android 13 software and confident camera array. Pixel 7 Pro is sophisticated with a 6.7-inch QHD+ display and long-lasting battery.