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Upcoming Android 14 Update Causing Issues for Google Pixel Phones

The upcoming Android 14 update, QPR3, is causing issues for Google Pixel phones when sideloaded. Installing the update through the Settings menu ensures a safe and smooth installation process. The update focuses on bug fixes and system stability improvements.

The highly anticipated release of Android 14 is causing some trouble for Google Pixel phone users. While the general release software is safe to download, the second beta version, known as the Quarterly Platform Release (QPR), is causing problems. The latest stable version, QPR2, is set to be released next week, but it's the upcoming QPR3 update that users need to be cautious about.


The issue lies in the installation process of QPR3. If the update is sideloaded onto the Pixel phone, it can potentially brick the device. According to 9to5Google, who tested the beta on multiple Pixel phones, including the Pixel 8 Pro and Pixel Fold, each device got stuck on the Pixel logo after installation. However, the website found a workaround by putting the Pixel into Recovery mode and sideloading the Beta 1 OTA version.


To avoid any potential issues, it is recommended to install the update through the Settings menu. Simply go to Settings, then System, and select Software Updates. By choosing the System Update option, users can safely install the update without the risk of bricking their device. Although this method may take longer than sideloading, it ensures a smooth installation process.


It's worth noting that the QPR3 update is primarily focused on bug fixes and system stability improvements. It aims to address issues that were present in the previous beta release, such as device crashes and display problems. By installing the update, users can expect a more reliable and stable performance from their Pixel phones.


For those interested in participating in the beta program, enrollment can be done through the Android Beta Program. Once enrolled, users can provide feedback on any problems they encounter through the Android Beta Feedback app.

While some users have reported success with sideloading the update, it is important to exercise caution. The sideloading issue is not yet widespread, but it's always advisable to avoid installing beta updates on primary devices. As Android Central suggests, it's better to opt for the Over The Air (OTA) method, which may take longer but ensures a smoother and safer installation process.


It's not uncommon for beta releases to encounter issues, as they are designed to identify and address problems before the general release. This was also the case with the first Android 15 Developer Preview, which caused significant issues and bricked phones when sideloaded.

 
  • The upcoming Android 14 update, QPR3, is causing issues for Google Pixel phones when sideloaded.

  • Installing the update through the Settings menu ensures a safe and smooth installation process.

  • The update focuses on bug fixes and system stability improvements.


Source: FORBES

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