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Android 13 QPR2 Beta 3 now available: Changelog is here

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Google has released the new beta version of QPR2 beta; basically, it is a software update for Pixel devices as it is currently in the beta stage, so the users who have enrolled in the program are the only can eligible for this update, there are two QPR2 beta updates have already received. Now there is the third version update available.

The latest QPR2 beta update comes with version number T2B3.230109.002, which addresses several bug fixes, optimizations to performance, and stability improvements. As said earlier, the update is available for the Pixel devices, which include Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro, as well as the Android Emulator.

With this update, Google has fixed many bugs, which improves the overall performance and stability of the devices; notably, the update is a beta version, so it may come with some unresolved issues so it’s up to you if you don’t have much problem from minor issues and want to explore all new features of the upcoming stable update before you can install this update, or if you are very conscious about the performance of your device so we will advise you to wait for the stable update.

Android 13 QPR2 Beta 3: What’s New changes

As per the information, the Android 13 QPR2 beta 3 update comes with several improvements that resolve many issues regarding internal functions of the device, such as Messaging apps, Quick Settings tiles, Pixel launcher, Google Assistant, GPU, and more. To get full info about changes and improvements, you check the changelog below. 

The following issues have been resolved in Android 13 QPR2 Beta 3:

Developer-reported and user-reported issues
  • Fixed an issue where notifications in a notification group were sometimes displayed with straight corners instead of rounded corners. 
  • Fixed an issue where the message in the notification shade that indicates an active VPN connection overlapped with the message about apps with active foreground services. 
  • Fixed an issue where the overflow menu couldn’t be accessed when editing Quick Settings tiles. 
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a device with vibration enabled to vibrate for too long after it received a notification. 

Other resolved issues

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused messaging apps to crash or fail to send notifications.
  • Fixed a GPU issue that prevented apps from using certain visual effects.
  • Fixed an issue where Quick Settings tiles for a work profile were not added after setting up a new device.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Pixel launcher to crash when using the Search bar in the app drawer.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented a device from being unlocked using a pattern after the Google Assistant was activated.
  • Fixed an issue in the com.android.qns system process that sometimes caused crashes.
  • Fixed an issue with the Pixel launcher that prevented Chinese text input from being recognized when typing in the Search bar in the app drawer.
  • Fixed an issue where when entering and exiting Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode from an app after changing the screen orientation, the system Settings app crashed with a “Settings keeps stopping” message and then the system Settings app couldn’t be opened.
  • Fixed an issue with the System UI that sometimes caused it to crash from a null pointer exception.
  • Fixed an issue where the connection status of a Bluetooth device sometimes did not match the actual device state.
  • Fixed an issue where the Pixel launcher crashed when a user tapped a web search suggestion for a query term.
  • Fixed an issue that caused status bar icons to overlap with the date text when font and display settings were set to their maximum level on a device.

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Google Chooses TSMC Over Samsung for Pixel 10’s Tensor G5 Chip

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It’s early to discuss, but TSMC will build Google Pixel 10’s Tensor G5 chipset. Here we are discussing the possible aspects based on the report disclosing this. Google collaborated with Samsung to develop its Tensor processors, which sped up development but limited Google’s technology. This was good in some aspects but resulted in Tensor chips that heat up more easily and use more power as compared to those made by TSMC, a competitor to the Korean giant. 

TSMC to Produce Tensor G5 Processor for Google Pixel 10

Previously, it was reported that the upcoming Pixel 9 would use a Tensor G4 chip made by Samsung, but with only slight improvements. However, Google’s next-generation Tensor G5 chip will be built by TSMC, as reported, marking a shift away from Samsung and probably bringing upgraded performance. 

The report unfolds the key fact behind the confidence that the leaked information about the Tensor G5 chipset is real; for instance, the codename ‘LGA’ in the shipping manifest coordinates with the leaked codename “Laguna Beach” for the Tensor G5, and the manifest also mentions TSMC and “InFO POP,” a packaging technology only used by TSMC. It’s dedicated evidence that it’s the Tensor G5, as leaks indicated a switch from Samsung to TSMC for this chip. 

From the details found in the shipping manifest, it is revealed that the Tensor G5 chip’s early development stage. The Chip Revision (AO) is the earliest version, probably with bugs that will be fixed later. OTP Version (V1) is the initial version of the chip’s one-time programmable data, following Google’s decision to change particular settings without even redesigning the chip itself. This version is much earlier compared to the final version of the previous Tensor G3 chip (V5). 

NPI-OPEN hinted at a very early stage in the chip’s development process and then passed tests. Even after bringing an early version, the chip has passed some functionality tests, particularly the system-level test (SLT), which simulates the basic use of a phone with the chip installed. The entry also stated the chip has 16GB of package-on-package RAM manufactured by SEC. This points to the leaks that the Pixel 9 Pro has an upgraded 16GB of RAM, which supposedly will set the standard for the Pixel 10. 

The entry also indicates that the exporter was Google LLC in Taiwan, and the importer was a company called Tessolve Semiconductor in India. 

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Samsung Display Begins OLED Mass Production for 2026 iPad Mini and iPad Air

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Samsung Display is now ramping up production of its OLED display for tablets. After supplying OLED panels for the iPad Pro this year, they are reportedly working on ones for the iPad mini. 

report from Korea claims that the Korean giant began its production of samples for the new iPad mini last month, and Apple has used LCD panels in the existing iPad series but began applying OL ED to products released this year. Among the four iPad models, including Pro, Air, Regular, and Mini, at the moment only the Pro models arrive with OLED displays. 

Apple decided to apply OLED to the iPad Mini and Air models, which are supposed to be introduced in 2026. On the other side, Samsung Display began developing 8-inch panel samples for the iPad mini last month. A small number of domestic partners conducting advanced development with Samsung Display have also begun responding in this regard. 

Samsung Display is known to have planned to mass-produce the new iPad mini’s OLED panels on their Cheonan A2 production line. This line specializes in making rigid OLED panels, and they may be dedicated to looking into tablet-size panels as compared to smartphone displays. The panel has been mass-produced through the collaboration of Samsung Display and LG since the first quarter of the year. 

An industry insider revealed, “I understand that Samsung Display began developing samples for the OLED iPad Mini last month at Apple’s request. After developing initial samples in the first half of this year, we will be able to enter the development stage for mass production within the year.”. 

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Apple Cuts iPhone Prices in China to Counter Huawei Challenge

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Apple is playing with a new marketing strategy as it makes an incision in the iPhone’s price in China, and the key reason behind this seems to give strong competition to Huawei. 

In the Chinese market, Apple has announced a hostile discounting campaign on its official Tmall site, offering great discounts of up to 2,300 yuan, which is approximately $318 on dedicated iPhone models. It’s the golden chance for iPhone fans from China to purchase a new iPhone since Apple is offering a huge discount.

Here’s the question: Why is Apple offering this huge discount of up to 2,300 yuan? 

The key reason behind this discounting strategy by Apple hints that the brand in China is fighting off growing competition from local phone makers, especially Huawei. You can make a profit from this deal for up to 8 days, from May 20 to May 28. It appears more substantial than the one Apple offered earlier this year, back in February. 

The highest discount in the February campaign was 1,150 yuan, and now the discount is up to 2,300 yuan, which means that this time the brand is offering a double discount off the previous discount campaign and the steepest discount Apple to the 1TB iPhone 15 Pro Max model, whereas other models also see significant price cuts. 

For example, the 128 GB variant of the base iPhone 15 device has a discount of 1,400 yuan, as reported. The boosted competitive pressure on Apple comes after Huawei last month announced its new series of high-end smartphones, the Pura 70, after the debut of the Mate 60 last August. 

Even after going through tough competition and offering discounts, Apple’s iPhone sales in China seem to be recovering, since their shipments increased by 12% in March 2024 compared to the previous year, which is an efficient upgrade after a rough start to the year along with a drop of 37 percent in the first two months. 

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