Beeper has a new owner, and its app is leaving beta

Summary

  • Beeper’s new Android app is out of beta, featuring support for practically all major messaging platforms in a single app.
  • Beeper has also lifted its waitlist requirement, allowing anyone to join and try out its unified messaging experience.
  • The company has been acquired by Automattic, known for products like WordPress.com, Tumblr, and Pocket Casts.



Just shy of a month ago, Beeper took a big step towards its future, leaving iMessage support (mostly) behind and aiming to become the best all-in-one chat application around. Frankly, as long as you aren’t dependent on Apple’s messaging platform — and most people reading Android Police probably aren’t — last month’s beta more or less lived up to that promise. Now, Beeper’s ready to share its latest experience with more people, all while helping to guarantee the future of the company.


There are two big pieces of news here. First, Beeper’s new Android app, the one it launched in March, is out of beta, and with the waitlist requirement removed, anyone can join. Beeper CEO Eric Migicovsky says over 10,000 users have already joined this new app — roughly 10 percent of the 115,000 users Beeper has seen since 2021. More than 460,000 potential users have shown interest by signing up for the waitlist, and with today’s move, that means anyone can join right now, without having to wait for a spot to open up.

On its own, that’s pretty big news. Beeper’s latest app was built from the ground up to bring messaging from apps like Telegram, Signal, RCS, and so much more into a single space on Android, and if you were lucky enough to try out the beta, you know just how many updates the service has seen in the past month alone. A Beeper account also gets you access

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Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1 is out now with a slew of bug fixes

What you need to know

  • Google released Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 about a month ago, addressing significant bugs, and now Beta 2.1 is out with numerous bug fixes.
  • The latest update, AP21.240305.005, including the March 2024 security patch, is available for various supported devices, ranging from the Pixel 5a to the latest Pixel models.
  • Notable issues in QPR3 Beta 2.1 include launcher crashes, charging problems, frozen apps, and navigation glitches, although it’s not as severe as the initial Beta 2 release.

It’s been about a month since Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 was released, and Google had to tackle some major bugs with that one. It looks like the search giant is still at it because today, Google rolled out Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1 with a ton of bug fixes.

Even though we’re probably getting QPR3 Beta 3 in a couple of weeks, Google is starting off April with QPR3 Beta 2.1, which comes with another unexpectedly large batch of bug fixes, including the following:

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a device’s launcher to crash when trying to view recent apps. (Issue #328803294)
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented Pixel Tablet devices from charging while connected to the dock. (Issue #299800125)
  • Fixed an issue where swiping up from the bottom of the screen didn’t always return to the home screen.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the layout of notifications on the lock screen to display with additional padding.
  • Fixed various issues that were causing frequent “Application not responding” errors for both system and user apps.
  • Fixed an issue where swiping down from the top of the screen didn’t always show the notification shade.
  • Fixed an issue for Pixel Fold devices where sometimes when the device was unfolded, only half of the inner screen displayed content.
  • Fixed an
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Galaxy S23 gets fifth Android 14 One UI 6.0 beta update

Samsung has taken another step closer to the final release of Android 14 and One UI 6.0 for the Galaxy S23 series. The fifth One UI 6.0 beta update, with the firmware version ending in ZWIK, is rolling out for the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra today. The update has debuted in the UK, but it should soon be available in every country where the beta program is available.

Interestingly, this seems to be the first time the changelog for these beta updates only mentions issues that have been fixed. Previous updates had both fixed bugs and known issues included in the changelog, so it’s possible Samsung is getting closer to the final version of Android 14 and One UI 6.0 for the Galaxy S23 series.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra One UI 6 Beta 3 Update UK

According to the changelog, the One UI 6.0 Beta 5 update fixes the issue where voice calls couldn’t be recorded. It also fixes the issue of the touchscreen being unable to detect touch or facing false touches. Samsung has also fixed the issue of the camera being stuck or force-closing while taking pictures. People also faced issues with Motion Photos, and that has been fixed. Some people also saw their Galaxy S23 series phone rebooting in a loop when entering Maintenance Mode, and that issue has also been fixed.

It is a 750MB update, and if your phone has been registered to beta-test One UI 6.0 in the UK, you can now check for the new update by navigating to Settings » Software update and tapping Download and install.

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Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1: Every new feature in Google’s latest update

Even though the stable release of Android 14 has yet to drop, Google went ahead and released the first beta of Android’s next release earlier this week. No, not Android 15, but rather Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1. QPR1 will be Android 14’s first quarterly platform release, an interim update that brings some new features and many bug fixes (but not any new APIs for developers). 

Android 14 QPR1 will likely be released for Pixel phones in December as part of that month’s Pixel Feature Drop, Google’s quarterly release of new Pixel-exclusive features. However, Android 14 QPR1 will also be incorporated into Android’s source code, so any OEM can pick the features they find appealing. Few, if any, device manufacturers will roll out software updates based on Android 14 QPR1, though, as they’ll instead choose to wait for Android 15, which will incorporate all changes from QPR1, QPR2, and QPR3.

That means if you want to experience what the upcoming update currently has to offer, you need to have a Pixel phone enrolled in the Android 14 QPR1 beta. If you’re curious about what’s new but don’t want to deal with any of the beta’s bugs, I’ve got a rundown of what to expect.

Note: this breakdown of features in Android 14 QPR1 is based on findings within the Beta 1 build. There will be additional betas, which could add, remove, or change some of these features.

Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1: Every new feature you can try

Reading something on the large screen of the Google Pixel Fold with a Dbrand leather skin

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While not most new features are not explicitly highlighted by Google in its release notes, there are a number of user-facing features that are available for you to try with the QPR1 beta installed on your Pixel phone. Here’s what I found:

Overriding an app’s

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Android 14 QPR1 beta offers big improvement for apps like Instagram on foldables

What you need to know

  • Mishaal Rahman has shared a new app aspect ratio override feature on the latest Android 14 beta.
  • It lets apps like Instagram be viewed in full-screen rather than letterbox view.
  • The new update could benefit foldables, like the Pixel Fold, and large-screen devices, like the Pixel Tablet.

Foldables are quite convenient for users who prefer larger screens for viewing or multitasking. While the current foldables offer amazing multitasking features, apps often lack proper support for the larger aspect ratios. It will likely change with the Android 14, particularly after the recent QPR1 update released yesterday.

According to Mishaal Rahman (via Android Authority), the Android 14 QPR1 update now allows users to change the aspect ratio of apps to essentially force the full-screen experience. As many apps lack full-screen support for larger screens like foldables and tablets, Google is addressing the issue with new preferences likely to arrive with the December 2023 feature drop, notes Rahman.

For instance, as Rahman indicates, apps like Instagram are currently shown in a letterbox format on Google’s own devices like the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet, meaning you can see big black bars on either side of the app when viewed in landscape mode. With the new beta, however, device owners would be able to override this aspect ratio, allowing the app to stretch full screen.

On the latest beta, users can head to Settings > Apps > Aspect ratio on their large-screen devices and select one of the several ways to display an app. The other method involves opening up the desired app’s information page and selecting “aspect ratio” in the “advanced” section. Additionally, users will be able to see a new button when the desired app is opened in the letterbox view, which overrides the current aspect

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