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More info from Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3

Android 13 QPR1 Beta 3 will arrive this week for eligible Pixel devices, including the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, and we’re still in the early stages of uncovering news from the release. While Google’s latest flagship smartphones are getting a taste of features like Clear Calling, there seems to be at least one new feature designed for tablet users. The feature comes ahead of the launch of the Pixel Tablet.


Esper’s Mishaal Rahman unveiled a new pencil icon that appears in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, which essentially acts as a quick access button for Google Keep.

Screenshots shared by Rahman show that clicking the pencil icon in the lower taskbar will open either a bubble or a pop-up window that takes up more screen space. The idea here is to allow users to quickly jot down notes or doodle something on a web page or, presumably, elsewhere. It’s a feature Samsung has supported on its Galaxy Tabs and Note series (RIP) for some time now, so its arrival in stock Android 13 is, if anything, long overdue.

Given that this Google Keep shortcut is still experimental, we expect a few fixes before it’s uploaded to the permanent release. Rahman suggests that this feature is being developed for the upcoming Pixel Tablet, and we see no reason to dispute that. That said, while the QPR1 will be released around the New Year, we’ll have to wait a little longer before the tablet goes on sale.

If these new features are reason enough to hop on the Android 13 beta train, check out our step-by-step guide on how to flash Android 13 beta on your device.


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