Google surprisingly began beta testing its quarterly feature drops last month, likely due to repetitive problematic software rollouts to the Google Pixel 6 series. Now, after the release of April security patches, Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2 is now available for download on all supported Google Pixel smartphones. It comes as Android 13 Beta 1 should also be around the corner.
Google says the following issues have been fixed:
- Fixed issues that caused high-pitched noise during phone calls on some devices. (Number #224716473)
- Fixed an issue that caused the bottom of the Google Maps UI to clip off at the bottom of the screen on some devices. (Number #223688137)
- Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented the Google Messages app from sending a message from scanning a QR code.
- Fixed an issue that caused the Google Phone app to crash after using the back gesture while searching.
Google also states that the following issues are known and do not require a bug report.
- In some cases, the Google Camera app icon in a device’s personal profile mistakenly displays a work profile indicator.
- When launching the NHS COVID-19 app, a keystore issue may cause the app to crash.
Users should be aware that while beta testing Android builds, there may be stability, performance, or battery issues. Some apps may also not work as expected, including Google’s own apps. Finally, there is no guarantee that the version is approved by CTS, which means applications such as Google Pay may not work.
Currently, Google maintains three streaming channels for Pixels, at least for now. There’s the standard Stable OS (now Android 12L/12.1), QPR Betas (now testing the June feature), and Developer Previews (now Android 13). This roughly mirrors Chrome’s release channels.
The update with build number S3B1.220218.006 is now available for Pixel 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 6 and 6 Pro.
Download Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2 for Google Pixel devices
You can sign up for the beta program from the Android Beta for Pixel website. If you were on QPR Beta 1, you will soon receive an OTA update. Download links are also available below for manual flashing/sideloading.