Google has begun rolling out Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1, a minor update that aims to squash numerous bugs and improve the overall user experience on Pixel devices. This update arrives roughly a month following Beta 2 and delivers key fixes for the Android 14 beta program.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1 targets various issues that were causing annoyances for Pixel users. Here’s a breakdown of the most important fixes:

  • 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 issue that sometimes prevented a user’s wallpaper settings from being backed up properly.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes stopped the “Quick Tap to start actions” gesture from working.
  • Fixed various other issues that were impacting system stability, performance, connectivity, interactivity, and camera.

This new update is rolling out with the build number AP21.240305.005 and also carries the March security patch. That said, we expect to see the QPR3 Beta 3 update to go live within the next couple of weeks.

For those who wish to perform a clean install or just aren’t willing to wait for the OTA update, you can head here to download the factory images. Just a heads up, apart from the paused OTA images after the Android 14 DP 1 fiasco, Google says its aware of a bug that results in the At a Glance widget displaying weather information for the wrong location.

The Assistant At a Glance widget sometimes displays weather information for the wrong location.

So if this minor bug isn’t a deal breaker, you can go ahead and install the update on the following phones:

  • Pixel 5a
  • Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
  • Pixel 6a
  • Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
  • Pixel 7a
  • Pixel Fold
  • Pixel Tablet
  • Pixel 8 and 8 Pro

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My fascination with Android phones began the moment I got my hands on one. Since then, I've been on a journey to decode the ever-evolving tech landscape, fueled by a passion for both the "how" and the "why." Since 2018, I've been crafting content that empowers users and demystifies the tech world. From in-depth how-to guides that unlock your phone's potential to breaking news based on original research, I strive to make tech accessible and engaging.

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