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Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 Is Here: New Emojis, Bug Fixes, and Icon Experiments [Download Now]

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Google launched the first Android 13 QPR2 beta last month, which was introduced under the December 2022 security update, and now the company has released the second beta update for the Pixel devices; users who own the pixel smartphones can test the upcoming ‘Pixel Drop’ features after installing the update. It is also noticeable that the update is only provided to those users who have previously enrolled in the beta program.

Android 13 QPR2 beta update brings new improvements for Pixel phones

With this update, your device will get several improvements, and some issues have also been fixed, such as it resolves the Home screen unresponsive issue, as well as the problem in the Google camera app, has been resolved, where it is stuck in the slow motion mode even after switching it into the normal video capture mode. According to the information, the update is available for several pixel phones, including Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and 7 Pro.

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Google has issued some advisories regarding this update

After installing this update, your device might get some stability, battery, or performance issues. Users who need accessibility might face some issues. Some apps might not function as expected when running on this release; Google apps may also get affected by this.

If you want to install the update, the device should be enrolled in the Android Beta for Pixel program. After enrolling, your device is offered continuous over-the-air updates to the latest beta updates

Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 Changelog:

The official changelog for the latest QPR2 Beta 2, version T2B2.221216.006, which is compatible with Pixel 4a and later, should be reviewed first. The build includes a number of bug fixes, the January 2023 security patches that have already been released in the stable channel, and an upgrade to Play Services from version 22.39.10 to 22.41.13.

  • Fixed an issue with the system user interface that sometimes caused the Home screen to fail to respond.
  • Fixed an issue where, after returning to Normal video capture mode from Slower mode in the Google Camera app, the app continued to capture slow motion video if the capture speed was changed between 1/8x and 1/4x in Slower mode.

Google detects that it has detected three bugs in this build, which will likely be fixed in the next version:

  • The list of recent apps sometimes doesn’t respond if the screen orientation is changed while the list is open.
  • In some cases, when you enter and exit Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode from an app after changing the screen orientation, the System Settings app crashes with a message “Settings continue to stop” and then the System Settings app cannot be opened.
  • A problem with the system user interface can sometimes cause it to crash due to a null pointer exception.

New Emojis:

One of them is compatibility for the Unicode 15 emojis, which number up to 4,489 characters and were formally submitted in September 2022. The consortium asserts that the most popular emoji was a pink heart, however this collection also contains moose and donkey as well as musical instruments like the flute and maracas.

  • Trembling face
  • Blue Heart
  • Grey heart
  • Pink heart
  • Hand pushing to the right
  • Hand pushing to the left
  • Moose
  • donkey
  • Wing
  • Goose
  • Medusa
  • Ginger
  • Hyacinth
  • pea pod
  • Folding Fan
  • Choice of hair
  • Maracas
  • Flute
  • Khanda
  • wirelessly

How to install Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2

To upgrade to QPR2 Beta 2, just have a Pixel 4a or later and be subscribed to the Android 13 beta program. The update will automatically arrive via OTA, or you can download the OTA or factory image from the links below.

DeviceOTAFactory Image
Google Pixel 4aDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 4a 5GDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 5Download LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 5aDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 6Download LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 6 ProDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 6aDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 7Download LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 7 ProDownload LinkDownload Link

Harsh is a seasoned technology enthusiast with a deep passion for Android. Since its announcement in 2007, he has closely followed the evolution of this operating system, gaining a comprehensive understanding of its features and capabilities. His background in Android, IT, and Journalism has equipped him with the skills to analyze and present complex technological concepts in a clear and engaging manner. As the Editor-in-Chief at Samlover.com, Harsh is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and experiences about Android, services, and applications with the world.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Could Bring A New Camera Design

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The Korean firm ‘Samsung’ is about to launch its next-generation foldable smartphone – Galaxy Z Fold 6, which is expected to bring an updated camera design to enhance the look. 

We are not completely two months away from the Galaxy Unpacked event that is reportedly held on July 10 in Paris. Even before any official revelation regarding the specs, design, and features of Galaxy Z Fold 6,  tipsters already heated the market with leaks and rumors. Now the new report says that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 could bring a new camera design. 

A tipster on X shared an image that showcases the rear cameras of the Galaxy Z Fold 6, which is immediately apparent that this is different from any rear camera housing we have ever seen on the Galaxy Z Fold family before. This hints that this time Samsung could introduce a fresh design for the foldable’s rear camera this year. 

The image has a Samsung Galaxy AI watermark which points out that it might be made changes, however, it’s best to wait for more confirmation before trusting this particular design detail since the brand has yet to reveal any official details. 

Recently, the list of Galaxy devices, including, Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Z Flip 6, Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra, and Galaxy Ring has already been leaked which arrived at the next Galaxy Unpacked event which is supposed to be held in July 2024.

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US Galaxy Z Fold 6 Leaks on Geekbench, Hints at Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

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Samsung appears close to introducing its sixth-generation foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6, in July at the Galaxy Unpacked Event. Now the Galaxy Z Fold 6 is spotted on the Geekbench database. Let’s take a closer look at the detailed information. 

Although the Galaxy Z Flip 6 is already spotted on the Geekbench database, Now, luckily, in development, its sibling’s forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 smartphone appeared on the Geekbench 6.3.0 benchmark database with the model number SM-F956U. 

The last letter ‘U’ in the model number points to the fact that this mode refers to a variant for the US market. It scored 1,964 points in the single-core round of the test and 6,619 points in the multi-core round. The listing reveals the existence of an octa-core processor with the codename pineapple, a 1+3+2+2 core configuration, and an Adreno 750 GPU. Apart from these, one chief core is clocked at 3.40 GHz, and the remaining three performance cores are at 3.15 GHz. 

This points out that Samsung could power the forthcoming Galaxy foldable with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3processor. The Geekbench database suggests that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will arrive with 12GB of RAM and Android 14. However, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 already appeared on the 3C certification website, which suggested support for 25W fast charging, and now it is expected that this device will also visit other certification websites soon. 

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Unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 getting May 2024 Security update in the US

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Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 devices are counted as the top smartphones that grabbed the One UI 6.1 update in the first phase. Then,  the company introduced more software updates in the form of the April 2024 security patch and is continuing it now that these devices are getting the latest May 2024 security patch as well.

The unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 are getting a May 2024 security patch

The unlocked variants of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 are getting a May 2024 security patch update with the firmware version numbers F946U1UES3CXE3 and F731U1UES3CXE3, respectively. The latest software update for both of the devices comes under 500 MB. With the latest update, the company has only focused on providing some security enhancements.

For your information, the May 2024 security patch has brought some new changes under the system software, where it has grabbed more than 50 fixes. Google has introduced 31 patches to enhance the overall performance of the devices, while Samsung has also added 25 fixes that will improve the functionalities regarding the Galaxy devices.

Moreover, the latest update for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 may also bring some new features that may enhance the overall performance and stability of the devices. So if you are having any issues while using the devices related to One UI 6.1, then the update may help you get rid of the issues.

If you are using the Galaxy Z Fold 5 or Galaxy Z Flip 5 in the US, then you should start getting a new update notification, and by tapping on that, you can easily update your device. Alternatively, you can do it manually as well by going to the software update menu in the system settings.

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