What’s New in Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3

The Google Pixel 7 Pro and its smaller brother launched this month, but there was one thing missing from these two great new phones. The beta version of Android 13 Quarterly Platform Release (QPR) 1 was not available to them. This changes with the release of the third QPR beta, which finally brings the latest Pixel series up to par with its predecessors. However, that’s not all that’s new with Beta 3. Here’s a dive into everything you can expect when you update.

ANDROIDPOLICE VIDEO OF THE DAY Clear Calling for Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were launched with a promise that they would get a new Clear Calling feature in December. It should make for better phone conversations in loud environments, so you and your conversation partner can hear each other better. Although Clear Calling didn’t make it to the launch of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, it is available as part of the Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3. The option is in the Sound and Vibration section in the system settings.



Although Clear Calling was initially discovered in Android 13 code, it does not work on Pixel 6 and older. These devices do not have the library installed to make them work. It’s possible that the older Pixels will get the feature at some point, but there may also be hardware limitations.

Switching battery parts


Whenever you plug in your Pixel phone to charge it, reverse wireless charging will automatically turn on for a few minutes, so you can simply drop some earbuds or other accessories on the back of the phone to replenish the batteries as well. With Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3 you finally get a switch that allows you to control this option. If you wish, you can disable Battery Sharing altogether so that it won’t become active when you plug in your Pixel. Now, if only the Google Pixel Watch supports Qi wireless charging to take advantage of this staple Pixel phone feature.

New Experimental Map Animation

As noted by Esper’s Android expert Mishaal Rahman, there is a new experimental animation when swiping between different pages in a folder on the Pixel Launcher. Instead of the familiar dots in the lower right corner, which indicate that a folder has multiple pages, an experimental flag disables it with small squares. As you move from page to page, a funky animation of one square falling into another accompanies the action, which is just as playful as the point-based animation.

Experimental Google Keep button for taking notes

Another addition Mishaal Rahman has noticed is a new note-taking shortcut that will likely be targeted for the Google Pixel tablet once it launches. With a Pixel phone set to a high, tablet-like DPI, a new note-taking shortcut appears in the lower taskbar, which launches a floating Google Keep window when tapped. At this point, the animations of the feature and the icon itself look finicky and unfinished, and it’s clear that this is an early stage for the feature. Still, it’s a nice addition to a tablet interface we’ve already seen on Samsung and Apple devices.

Several changes

There are a lot of smaller changes, but a few of them are worth mentioning:

Google is still working on its “cinematic” wallpapers. A new, yet to be enabled Wallpaper Effects app will be bundled with the Beta 3, and it will be responsible for making these more beautiful animated wallpapers. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro should get a free VPN, and Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3 lays the groundwork for that. The foundation for a new built-in VPN service has surfaced in the build for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Previous QPR1 betas moved the Sound and Vibrate panel to a pop-up window in the center of the screen, but the third beta moves it back down. The only difference with the stable Android 13 is that the background is no longer darkened. Ready for the launch of Android 13 QPR1

Google is increasingly gearing up to launch the final version of Android 13 QPR1, which is expected to be released in December. If you can’t wait that long, learn how to install a beta version of Android 13 on your Pixel phone. So far, we’ve had good experiences with these betas, but as always, keep in mind to install pre-release software. Things can occasionally break and in the worst case scenario, you might find yourself without a working phone.

Google Pixel 7 Google Pixel 7 in lemongrass

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Google didn’t reinvent the wheel with the Pixel 7, but it didn’t have to. With improved cameras, the next-gen Tensor G2 chipset, and Google’s prodigious software, the Pixel 7 earns its price tag handily again this year.

Google Pixel 7 Pro Pixel 7 Pro in Hazel

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Google’s Pixel 7 Pro refines the Pixel experience after the 6 Pro first stumbled last year, improving stability and taking camera capabilities to the next level with image fusion and 4K60fps video across all cameras. Fast 30W charging and Pixel’s addictive features like automatic call screening and Pixel recorder make the Pixel 7 Pro a compelling phone, even as an iterative update.

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