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Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1: What’s New?



Google has begun the next phase of its Android development cycle following the release of Android 13 QPR2, which brought the March Pixel Feature Drop to compatible Pixel range smartphones. With the stable version of Android 13 QPR2 just a few days away, Google has already set its sights on the next milestone, Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1.

Google has now released the new Android 13 QPR3 update for pixel devices, and this is the third quarterly update; it brings several new improvements for developing the ecosystem of Pixel devices. In this article, we will discuss it in detail.

The latest update is available for all the pixel devices from Pixel 4A to Pixel 7 Pro; users can identify the latest update by the version number T3B1.230224.005.

Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1

Google has released the stable update of QPR2, which has brought the Pixel Drop feature in March to be compatible with Pixel smartphones; now, Google has stated its third Quarterly update, which will also be available as previous developments with QPR3 beta 1.

Android 13 QPR 3 Beta 1 comes with several fixes

According to the official page Google, the Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1 comes with several issues resolved, which will improve the overall performance of devices. According to the official page, issues related to the lock screen, Bluetooth audio, fingerprint icon, live wallpaper, widget, and app icons for detailed information; here is the detail about fixes :  

  • Fixed an issue where the clock text on the lock screen was the wrong color.
  • Fixed an issue where Bluetooth audio wasn’t working on some devices.
  • Fixed an issue where the fingerprint icon that is normally displayed on the screen to indicate the position of the fingerprint sensor erroneously changed to an exclamation point.
  • Fixed an issue where live wallpapers could not be selected or used.
  • Fixed an issue where widgets, app icon positions, and other configurable options on the home screen were reset after installing an OTA update.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a device to be unenrolled from Face Unlock after installing an OTA update.

Moreover, as it is the beta update so users who have enrolled in the Android beta program will be eligible for getting this update, so if you also want to register your device in this program, visit this link.

Furthermore, the update is available in a beta form, which means it will have many issues that can unstable your device, and some features may not work properly, so it is advised to users if they don’t want to face any kind of issues on their device, so they can wait for the stable update which will be available by June.

The beta 1 of Android 13 QPR3 is being distributed gradually for all those who were already registered for the beta program of Android 13 QPR2, who will receive the new update in preview as if it were a very normal system update via OTA: to install it, just follow the path “Settings > System > System Update”.

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Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Rumored to Increase Battery Needs




A new notice for the smartphone manufacturers who are looking forward to powering their forthcoming phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 4: you all need to include a larger battery too. 

The forthcoming smartphones must have ‘high-density’ batteries if they have Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 8 gen 4 processor. This is being speculated by the reports from the Digital Chat Station on Weibo, which state three flagship devices gearing up to run Qualcomm’s forthcoming chipset have started active development with 5,500mAh batteries. 

The reports are reporting that the core material for such batteries is still being developed to support the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, and the batteries could reach an overhead of 6,000 mAh to overfeed the processor’s power hunger.

The reports also stated that a reason behind the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4’s boosted power hunger could be due to its alleged 2+6 core setup. This rumored setup probably removes the chances for Qualcomm to consist of any effective cores, cutting down on how much power it draws.

Don McGuire, Qualcomm’s chief marketing officer, confirmed a few specs regarding the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 at MWC 2024. He stated that users can expect the chip to arrive during the Summit in October and that it features Oryon CPU cores, plus the cores can output 2x greater CPU performance as well as 4.5x faster AI processing. 

It is expected that the core will probably be escorted by Qualcomm’s seventh-generation modem, along with 5G and non-terrestrial network support for satellite communications functionalities. The reports also revealed that the chip could be built off the 3nm process of TSMC, and the cores could reach 4.0 GHz speeds. With Qualcomm seemingly going all in on power, somewhere, the latest rumors make a bit more sense.

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Apple Get Inspired By Samsung Notes Feature For iOS 18



Apple is actively gearing up for its next iteration, iOS 18, which could copy Samsung’s one of the convenient features named ‘Samsung Notes.”

The Notes app is not new for Apple, since it has been offering this app in iOS since the initial iPhone. To enhance the facilities within the app, for instance, the ability to insert images and tables, it has rolled out updates continuously. 

Despite all this, Apple’s Notes app is behind Samsung’s Notes app in terms of features. Now, the reports are saying that Apple, with the forthcoming iOS 18, could copy a feature from the Samsung Notes app. It is expected that Apple’s Note app in iOS 18 will permit users to record audio from within a note and add that file to the note. 

Samsung has already offered an audio recording feature in Samsung Notes on Android for some time now. With this feature, users would get the power to add more context to a note. If the reports are to be believed, the interface for recording audio in the Notes app will look the same as the interface of Apple’s Voice Memo application. 

The reports revealed that Apple’s Notes app in iOS 18 will also offer a feature named ‘Math Notes’ that will offer three convenient functionalities, which are as follows: 

  • It could permit users to directly insert calculations from the Calculator app on the device into a note. 
  • It will offer support for properly displaying mathematical notation to avoid calculation mistakes in notes. 
  • It will permit users to write, type, and solve mathematical equations. 

Microsoft OneNote offers the same facilities, but under the name of Math Assistant. It appears that by adding Math Notes with the ability to record audio and attach audio files, Apple’s app could become an amazing tool for academics. On the other hand, Samsung Notes lacks Match Notes, but it is expected that soon the Korean giant will offer.

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Google Pixel 9, Fold 2, and Pixel Tablet Rumored to Receive New Samsung Modem with Satellite Connectivity




Google is setting up to introduce its next-generation Pixel devices, including the Pixel 9 lineup, Pixel Fold 2, and Pixel Tablet, all of which will arrive with a new cellular modem. 

Google, with its Pixel 7 series, has already jumped on Samsung modems from Qualcomm modems for their Pixel devices. This change corresponds with the Exynos base of the Tensor Processor by Google. Whereas the new modem is sufficient, it has issues with weak signal conditions and also consumes enough battery power.

Now, Google is gearing up to power the forthcoming Pixel 9 and other devices with an upgraded modem. The reports say that a few modem upgrades will arrive in the Pixel 9 series and will bring some essential upgrades, of which satellite connectivity is the most noticeable. 

However, that modem, which will be a part of Tensor G4, will still be provided by the Korean brand ‘Samsung’, and the new generation is signified as 5400, up from the 5300 coupled with Tensor G3. 

It is expected that the forthcoming Pixel Fold 2 and a new 5G Pixel Tablet nicknamed ‘Clementine’ could use the same modem as the Pixel 7 and 8 series. If the expectation comes true, then this will be the first Pixel Tablet with cellular connectivity. 

Pixel devices are getting a modem upgrade with the new 3GPP Rel. 17 standard, authorizing satellite connectivity for emergencies. At the moment, it appears that improvements are being made, but hardware changes are not clear yet. The satellite SoS through the “Satellite Gateway” application will be merged with the Emergency SOS; users will also have to answer questions about the situation, choose to notify contacts, and send messages to emergency services. 

The questions, which may have multiple-choice answers, are mentioned below: 

  • What happened?
  • [Are you, are they, or is everyone] breathing?
  • In total, how many people are [missing or trapped]?
  • What best describes your situation?
  • What is on fire?
  • Are there weapons involved?
  • What type of vehicle or vessel?
  • Do any of these apply?

It is expected that Google could shift to a TSMC-produced Tensor chip in 2025, but it’s yet to be clear whether the brand will change modems at that point. Tensor G4 is, beyond this modem, expected to be a relatively minor change.


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