Android 13 QPR1 Beta 1 pushes

After the stable version was launched in August, the Android 13 beta version went through a brief pause, but Google today began to push Android  13 QPR1 Beta 1, which is now available for Pixel smartphones. This update isn't a big deal, but it showcases some of the new features in the upcoming Feature Drops for Pixel phones. Feature Drops are quarterly updates for Pixel smartphones that bring tons of features to the device. The next update is expected in December.

Esper's senior technical editor Mishaal Rahman took a deep dive into the update and found some new content. This update adds a new "Security Center," or unified security and privacy settings. According to Rahman, the feature didn't go live, but he was able to get it to work, indicating that the feature was ready. 

He also noted that the update comes with the October security patch, even though the September patch has only just been rolled out.

Rahman also pointed out some new audio-related features. Spatial audio and Bluetooth LE Audio appear to be present in this update, although they don't seem to work reliably at the moment.

There's also a feature called "Clear callin" that will make calls clearer by reducing background noise. However, the feature has some limitations as it doesn't work with Wi-Fi calling and only works on "most mobile networks".

In addition, the update also revealed the Pixel tablet. While the company didn't provide many details about the device, a new animation spotted in beta seems to give us more clues about Google's tablet plans.

The animation shows a tablet device charging on what appears to be a dock. Additionally, a separate animation shows the Google Assistant logo when placed on the dock, suggesting that the Pixel tablet may serve as a rumored detachable Nest Hub device. Other changes include additional eSIM support, new animations for split-screen mode, a setting that shows the Pixel's battery health, and the return of unified search. Additionally, developer Kuba Wojciechowski dug through the code and found information on possible foldable devices and "higher-end tablets."

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