Just a week ago, Google pushed out Android 14 QPR2 Beta 3.1 for Pixel devices. Now, they’ve dropped Beta 3.2. But here’s the catch – it’s only for the Pixel 5a. This update tackles some pesky issues, like the device taking ages to boot and the UI having a mind of its own, freezing or lagging. No word yet on updates for other models, though.
So, what’s the big deal with this update? Well, Google’s on its second Android 14-based quarterly platform release for Pixels, dubbed QPR2. It’s expected to land in March, following QPR1’s debut in December 2023. Google’s rolling these updates out through a public beta program, aiming to iron out the kinks before the big release. And it’s not just the Pixel 5a in the mix; the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and a bunch of others are also getting this special treatment.
Remember the first Android 14 QPR2 beta that hit the scene in mid-November last year? Since then, Google’s been busy, releasing four more beta updates for the Pixels mentioned earlier. The latest, Beta 3.1, arrived just a week ago, squashing several bugs. And now, Google’s back at it with another update, this time zeroing in on the Pixel 5a to smooth out a few more wrinkles.
Diving into the nitty-gritty, the Android 14 QPR2 Beta 3.2 for the Pixel 5a sports the firmware build number AP11.231215.010. Despite the update, the Google Play Services version and the security patch level haven’t budged—they’re still at 23.45.23 and January 2024, respectively. If you’ve got a Pixel 5a and you’re in the beta program, keep an eye out for this update. It’s rolling out over the air, but if patience isn’t your virtue, you can always manually check for it in the Settings app.
But, don’t get too excited. This update’s laser-focused on fixing the bugs we talked about earlier. Other gremlins from Beta 3.1? They’re still lurking around. For instance, the Assistant At a Glance widget might still show you the weather for someplace you’re not. And who knows what other unknown issues might pop up? Google’s likely to release another beta build to tackle these before the stable QPR2 update makes its grand entrance to the Pixel family.
Now, onto something a bit more bittersweet. The Pixel 5a, Google’s current elder statesman of phones, might be looking at its last hurrah of feature updates. Launched back in August 2021, it’s the last of its kind to run on a third-party processor, the Snapdragon 765G. Since then, Google’s switched gears to its custom Tensor chips for newer models. The Pixel 5a’s guaranteed updates are set to wrap up this August, meaning Android 15’s out of the picture. But, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for two more feature drops, QPR2 and QPR3, before we bid farewell. Stay tuned for the stable QPR2 rollout.