June Android 13 QPR3 update with next Pixel Feature Drop is late

Given that two out of the last three updates arrived late, we’re not too surprised that Android 13 QPR3 with the June 2023 security patch and the next Pixel Feature Drop is not yet out.

Historically, Google releases Pixel security patches on the first Monday of the month at 10 a.m. In March, Android 13 QPR2 rolled out a week late, while the Verizon variant for the Pixel 6 and 6a series took another seven days. Despite being a more minor update, the same thing happened in April. Things went back to normal last month, but the delay has now returned.

As of 10:30 a.m. (PT), the stable release of Android 13 QPR3 has not been announced. We do, however, have the Android Security Bulletin—June 2023. There are 23 security issues resolved in the Android 13 June patch dated 2023-06-01 and 34 for 2023-06-05. Google warns that:

There are indications that CVE-2022-22706 may be under limited, targeted exploitation.

The vulnerability relates to ARM Mali GPUs and has a “high” severity.

It comes as the Android 13 QPR3 Beta Program was quite sporadic. Beta 1 arrived in mid-March and Beta 2 went out after only two weeks compared to the usual month-long wait. Beta 3 followed three weeks later with Beta 3.2 being the last release in mid-May. 

Android 14 might have played a role given the close release cadence, while another factor might be how the Pixel Tablet and Fold are launching with Android 13 QPR3.

Meanwhile, given the side-by-side release cadence, June’s Pixel Watch update is likely also delayed.

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Google pushes out Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3 to Pixel phones

For supported Google phones enrolled in the Android Beta for Pixel program, the third beta for the QPR3 release is now available.

The update is being distributed over-the-air, and is available for the Pixel 4a (5G), 5, 5a, 6, 6 Pro, 6a, 7, and 7 Pro.

The change log for this beta release is focuses on squashing bugs. Issues with Wi-Fi calling and system UI crashes are among the fixes.

The new build also highlights a known issue that is is still being worked on. According to Google, “the list of Recent apps sometimes becomes unresponsive if the screen orientation is changed while the list is open.”

These “quarterly platform releases” arrive four times a year, and are marketed on Pixel phones as “feature drops.”

The stable version of QPR3 is expected to arrive in June. It will be the final quarterly platform release for Android 13. The next major version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 14, is also in beta testing right now.

System images for QPR3 are also available from Google on its developer website.

Source: 9to5Google Via: Google

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