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Google rolls out the Android 14 QPR2 stable version with March update

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Last month, Google introduced the Android 14 QPR 2 Beta 3.2 update exclusively for the Pixel 5a devices. Now, the company is giving a stable update for the Pixel devices with the QPR Stable update the company has brought some new features and improvements to the Pixel devices.

Notably, the latest update for the Android 14 QPR2 stable update is available for select Pixel devices, including the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixe 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, Pixel Fold, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro. The update is combined with the Match 2024 security path update, which will resolve 54 security fixes.

With this update, the company will provide some new features and enhancements for existing functions. Going to Detais,when you do screen recording, you will now have a single app option, not the entire display. However, at the same time, you will not be able to show touches.

The microphone and camera privacy indicator also received an option to close the application that is using those functions. To access the option, you just need to touch the green pil icon at the top right. To highlight the alarm and do not disturb it, the company has also updated its interface.

To make the takbar access experience better, it has brought a new change that will highlight how you can search for apps when you access the grid while multitasking. If you want to take advantage of all the new features on the Pixel device, you should update it to the latest version.

March 2024 update changelog (Android 14 QPR2)

The March 2024 update includes bug fixes and improvements for Pixel users: see below for details.

App
– General improvements for stability and performance with some system apps *[4]

Assistant
– Fixed an issue where the assistant did not respond to verbal commands under certain conditions *[11]

Biometric authentication
– General improvements to fingerprint recognition and response under certain conditions*[3]

Bluetooth
– Fixed an audio quality issue with Bluetooth devices connected under certain conditions *[3]
– Fixed an issue that caused Bluetooth to stop working under certain conditions*[6]

Camera
– Fixed an issue that caused the camera to stop working under certain conditions*[8]

Visualization and graphics
– Correcting changes to the brightness of photos and videos under certain conditions*[8]
– Fixed an issue that occasionally caused the display to turn green under certain conditions*[8]
– General improvements to display stability and performance under certain conditions *[11]

Framework
– Fixed an issue with launching the Google Play Store app under certain conditions*[4]
– Fixed an issue with using multi-finger gestures under certain conditions*[3]
– General improvements to system stability and performance under certain conditions *[6]

Multimedia
– Fixed an issue related to playing videos on Google TV under certain conditions*[5]

Sensors
– Fixed an issue that caused the vibration to stop working on new texts under certain conditions *[3]
– Fixed an issue that occasionally caused vibrations on new texts to stop working under certain conditions *[2]

System
– General improvements to system stability and performance under certain conditions *[1]

Telephony
– Fixed an issue with routing calls to connected Bluetooth devices under certain conditions*[9]
– Fixed an issue that occasionally occurred when the WiFi icon was displayed during an ongoing call after WiFi was disabled. *[2]
– Fixed issue that prevented making or receiving calls occasionally under certain conditions *[4]
– Fixed an issue where mobile data was not passed under certain conditions*[2]
– Fixed voice distortion issue during calls *[7]

User interface
– Additional improvements for the stability of facial unlock under certain conditions*[3]
– Fixed an issue that caused the game dashboard to stop working under certain conditions *[9]
– Fixed an issue that occasionally caused home screen icons to appear invisible*[4]
– Fixed an issue that occasionally caused the background to freeze or dim *[12]
– Fixed an issue with animations during transitions under certain conditions*[13]
– Fixed issue with incorrect display of app icons under certain conditions*[6]
– Fixed the issue of the wrong state of the Internet connection during transitions under certain conditions *[4]
– Fixed an issue with layouts and animations during transitions under certain conditions *[4]
– Fixed an issue in the dynamic color of notifications under certain conditions *[10]
– Correction of taskbar icons and navigation buttons not working under certain conditions *[14]
– General improvements for performance and stability in some UI transitions and animations *[4]
– General performance improvements in some user interface transitions*[8]

Wi-Fi
– General improvements to the stability and performance of the WiFi connection under certain conditions*[11]


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Google released the Pixel feature drop in June 2024 for its Pixel devices

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Google aggressively updates Pixel device lineups, including smartphones and tablets. To get new features and improvements, the company follows the Quarterly release program, where initially, it provides testing updates to eligible users and then provides new stable updates publicly. Following the same trend, the company has started rolling out its third Pixel drop update for its devices; let’s explore it.

June 2024 Pixel drop update 

With the June 2024 Pixel drop update, many new features exist, including Gemini nano, summarize in recorder, and connected displays. With the latest update, it has improved the HDR+frame selection. Now, you will get a manual lens selection option to handle the smartphone camera professionally. It has brought a doorbell notification: if your pixel tablet can give you a snapshot of who is at your front door, you can talk to them and receive a quick response. To explore all the latest features in detail, you can check the official changelog here.

Availability of the update for pixel devices

Google’s latest Pixel drop update will be available to select Pixel devices, including Pixel 8 series, pixel 7 series, Pixel 6 series, Pixel 5a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. However, it is worth noting that the feature’s availability will vary from device to device; if you have any of the smartphones mentioned above, you can check the feature’s availability with this link. It is worth noticing that the latest update also brings a new June 2024 security patch level.

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Despite Android 14 Launch, Android 13 Remains Most Used

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Google shared the Android release number last time in October 2023, when Android 13 was crowned first place with a newly released Android 14. Now again, the metrics of the most-used Android versions in 2024 get updated. 

Despite the fact that it has already been seven months since the Android 14 release, Android 13 is still the most used Android version. Android 11, Android 12, and even Android 10 have surpassed the latest stable version of Android, which now holds the fifth place. The last will not always be the first. When it comes to the distribution of Android versions, the most recent version, Android 14, unfortunately does not rank first or second, but instead falls to the bottom of the Top 5.

This is being speculated as Google has finally updated the Android version distribution panel, hidden within Android Studio for a few years now. After calculating the appropriate calculations, the results show that Android 14 is on only 13% of mobile phones, a somewhat low figure considering that seven months have already passed since its launch.

If the statistics are to be believed, the most used version of Android is still Android 13, with 20.9% of the total. Since October 2023, which is the last time Google shared the data, Android 13 has dropped only 1.5%. The result is strange since it showcases that the second most used version is Android 11, holding a share of 19.0% instead of Android 12, with 14.7%. 

Jumping on the five-year-old ‘Android 10’, which has a greater market share than Android 14, The “good” news is that the versions before Oreo are gently retiring, counting up to a total of 4.6%. Versions before Marshmallow and runtime permissions arrived are presented in only 1.2% of all active Android phones. We are mentioning the Android versions with their shares. – 

  • Android 13 (20.9%)
  • Android 11 (19.0%)
  • Android 12 (14.7%)
  • Android 10 (13.6%)
  • Android 14 (13.0%)
  • Android 9 Pie (8.4%)
  • Android 8 Oreo (5.8%)
  • Android 7 Nougat (2.0%)
  • Android 6 Marshmallow (1.4%)
  • Android 5 Lollipop (0.9%)

Also, Android onwards accounts for 81.2% of the total. These versions receive changes and new features, such as updates to the Google Play system or Google services. 

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Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2 Update: Network Fixes and Better System Stability

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Google is working towards the development of Android 15, but it is not only focused on the upcoming new Android iteration; at the same time, it is also bringing new features for the pixel devices with the Android 14 QPR updates.

For your information, the QPR update stands for Quarterly Platform Release, which aims to bring new functionalities and improvements for the Pixel device on a quarterly basis. In each quarter, the company provides beta updates and then offers public updates after testing the features. Like with the late Android 14 QPR 3 beta 2.2, the company has brought some new fixes.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2: What’s new? 

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2 brings some new fixes that will improve the overall functionality of the devices. According to the changelog, the latest update will fix the issue related to mobile phones halting connectivity even on the best networks. Along with this, the update has also made improvements for making the device more stable while using different functions.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2: official changelog

This minor update to Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 includes the following fixes:


The update is live for all the eligible Google Pixel devices, including the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. However, it will only be available to those users who haven’t joined the Android 15 beta program.

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