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Google releases final major Android 14 update with improvements also rolling out to Google Pixel devices

Android 14 QPR3 brings numerous improvements to Pixel devices, including the Pixel 8 Pro. (Image source: Google)
Android 14 QPR3 brings numerous improvements to Pixel devices, including the Pixel 8 Pro. (Image source: Google)
Google has now finalised the last major update for Android 14. Rolling out first to Pixel devices as the Android 14 QPR3, the update makes several minor changes to all devices while also bundling other bug fixes and improvements for Pixel devices like the Pixel 8 Pro.

Google continues to publish Android 15 beta builds at a steady rate ahead of the operating system's stable release later this year. However, the company is not done with Android 14 just yet. Instead, it has now released Android 14 QPR3, the third quarterly update for its current stable operating system.

As always, the latest quarterly update has reached Pixel devices first, including the Pixel 8 Pro (curr. $749 on Amazon). Please note that QPR3 is the last major Android 14 update before Google finalises Android 15. Unsurprisingly, obvious changes between Android 14 QPR2 and Android 14 QPR3 are few and far between.

So far, the likes of 9to5Google have noticed that Google has re-categorised a few Settings items, such as integrating the Gboard keyboard vibration preference within the 'Vibration and haptics' sub-menu inside of 'Sound & vibration'. Additionally, Google has re-categorised 'Screen protector mode', which now sits beneath Display and inside the Touch sensitivity menu.

(Image source: 9to5Google - edited)
(Image source: 9to5Google - edited)
(Image source: 9to5Google - edited)
(Image source: 9to5Google - edited)

Moreover, Google has added app icons within the default launcher's widgets fly-out. On top of that, Android 14 QPR3 contains various bug fixes and miscellaneous improvements for the Pixel 5a 5G onwards. Please note that these changes differ from Google's latest Pixel Feature Drop, which we have covered separately. The full list of Android 14 QPR3 changes for Pixel devices are as follows:

Battery & Charging

  • Fix for stability or performance improvements in certain conditions *[2]
  • Fix for issues causing device to not charge in certain conditions *[12] 

Bluetooth

  • General improvements in stability or performance for Bluetooth LE audio *[10]

Camera

  • Fix for camera stability issue when taking Astrophotography photo under certain conditions *[6]
  • Fix for camera stability issues when switching between different zooms in certain conditions *[7]
  • General improvements for camera stability under certain conditions *[8]

Display & Graphics

  • General improvements to display stability *[1]

Framework

  • General improvements for system stability during device setup *[11]

System

  • General improvements for system stability and performance in certain conditions *[7]

Telephony

  • General improvements for network connection stability and performance in certain conditions *[9] 

User Interface

  • Fix for issue with the navigation bar showing up incorrectly in certain conditions *[3]
  • Fix for issue with transitions between home screen and lock screen *[4]
  • General improvements for performance and stability in certain UI transitions and animations *[5]

*[1] Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet

*[2] Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a

*[3] Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Fold

*[4] Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet

*[5] Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro

*[6] Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a

*[7] Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Fold

*[8] Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel 8a, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet

*[9] Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel 8a

*[10] Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro

*[11] Pixel 8a

*[12] Pixel Tablet

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Google via 9to5Google (1) (2)

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Alex Alderson, 2024-06-11 (Update: 2024-06-11)