Android 14 beta testers are already shocked that Pixel devices are already getting the QPR2 Beta 1 update. This is rather unusual, as the previous beta testing update was QPR1 Beta 2. Beta testers were expecting to get the QPR1 Beta 3 update, but instead, Google is rolling out the QPR2 Beta 1 update to users.
The features that were under testing in the QPR1 version will hit devices via a stable update next month. Devices will get these features via an over-the-air update and it’ll improve on certain things as well as squash any bugs. Following this is the new QPR2 update that is already hitting Pixel devices that are beta testing.
Both beta testing versions here are from Google’s Quarterly Platform Releases and they pack more punch than monthly updates. The new entry to these quarterly releases is the QPR2 which is currently in its first beta testing phase on Pixel devices. Reports claim that it’ll hit a stable release in March 2024, but just like other Quarterly Platform Releases, it brings a few issues for beta testers.
Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 update hits Pixel devices along with the November 2023 security patch
This update to the Android system on supported Pixel devices doesn’t come alone. It comes with the November 2023 security patch update for those who have opted in for the beta testing program. So not everyone will get this update as it’s only rolling out to Android beta testers and it is currently available on only certain Pixel devices.
The devices that have this beta testing upgrade are the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. For some reason, the more recent Pixel 8 series doesn’t seem to be getting this beta update. Being a beta testing update, the Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 brings a few issues and bugs affecting performance.
Some issues on this new beta update affect the Android platform, while others affect Google apps. For the Android platform, most users notice that unlocking their devices with the fingerprint scanner doesn’t give haptic feedback. The Pixel Fold also has a bug that prevents its inner screen from turning on after being unfolded.
With this beta update, Google’s Assistant At a Glance widget gives off weather information for the wrong location. Users can report these bugs via the Android Beta feedback app for Google to identify and work on. Other devices aside from Pixels will get this update in the coming days.
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