What might Google possibly have against us Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a users? Certainly, the March Feature Drop (QPR2) was released yesterday for the Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. You’ll find the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a conspicuous by their absence. Also MIA is the Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1 release expected for all eligible Pixel models.
As it turns out, a Redditor claims to have chatted online with Google Support and while the conversation was in Italian we used Google Translate which translated the Googler’s comments into English. So according to this text, the Google Support member wrote that the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and the Pixel 6a will receive the March Feature Drop on March 20, next Monday.
The Pixel March Feature Drop adds the improved version of Night Sight to the Pixel 6 line
The March Feature Drop includes the release of the Magic Eraser for all Pixel models. This feature removes distracting people, pets, and items from a photo. It also adds Direct My Call to the Pixel 4a (5G) and later models. With Direct My Call, users see on their screen all the possible options they have when calling certain companies (“press one for executive offices, press two for accounting, etc.”), even before the automated recording begins. Tapping the right option will get you there faster and save you time.
The March Feature Drop brings the improved Night Sight feature from the Pixel 7 series to the Pixel 6 line. This allows users to take pictures in a low-light environment without using the flash. After the update, Google’s Health Connect app will appear by default on compatible Pixel models. This app will be the only place for users to go for all their fitness and health data collected from other apps. And the updates adds the Fall Detection feature to the Pixel Watch.
Let’s say you’re running Android 13 QPR2 Beta and want to revert to the stable, public Android releases. If you’ve already opted out of the beta program, don’t tap the button to downgrade the OTA update or you’ll have to wipe your phone. If you receive the public, stable version of QPR2, you can install it without penalty but only if you closed the beta before Monday.
If you are still using QPR2 Beta, you will soon receive QPR3 Beta 1. Take a deep breath before downloading and installing it. If you want to leave the QPR Beta program, do not install QPR3 Beta 1 and install the stable version of QPR2 instead. As long as you don’t install the new beta, you can unsubscribe from the QPR beta program without penalty.
You must decide whether or not to remain in the QPR Beta program
If you want to stay in the QPR Beta program, when QPR3 Beta 1 is available for your phone, download and install it. As always, you can check for these updates by going to Institutions > System > System update. If you decide to stay and run QPR3 Beta 1, you won’t have a chance to exit the Beta program without penalty until June 5, assuming Google releases June’s Pixel Feature Drop on time, which is clearly something that only desperate gamblers would do. dare to bet.
And this stew is going to get even messier next month Google is expected to launch the Android 14 Beta program. Currently, the second and final version of the Android 14 Developer Preview is out, which according to Google’s timeline will be followed by Android 14 Beta 1 in April. The final version of Android 14 could be released in August. Before then, on May 10, we should hear a lot about Android 14 at the Google I/O developer conference.
As Google says of Google I/O 2023: “This year’s event will be broadcast to a limited live audience and open to anyone online on May 10, 2023. Tune in to the live-streamed keynotes, then dive into technical content and learning materials on request. Registration starts March 7 and is free.” You can watch the keynote on Google’s YouTube channel by clicking the “Live” tab.
Although the keynote is open to everyone, you must register if you want to attend the other I/O sessions virtually. While this won’t cost you a dime, tap on this link, scroll down to the FAQ section and click the Register button.