Google to Release March Feature Drop for Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a on March 20th
Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro users have received the March Feature Drop (QPR2) update, but Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a users are still waiting for the update. According to a Redditor who chatted with Google Support, the update will be released on March 20th.
What’s New in the March Feature Drop?
- The Magic Eraser feature is now available on all Pixel models, allowing users to erase distracting people, pets, and items from a photograph.
- Direct My Call is now available on Pixel 4a (5G) and later models, allowing users to see all possible options when calling certain businesses and tapping on the appropriate option to save time.
- The Pixel 7 series’ enhanced Night Sight feature is now available on the Pixel 6 line, allowing users to snap photos in a low-light environment without using flash.
- Google’s Health Connect app will appear on compatible Pixel models by default, providing users with a single place to access all their fitness and health data collected from other apps.
- The Fall Detection feature will be added to the Pixel Watch.
If you’re on the Android 13 QPR2 Beta and want to return to the stable, public Android releases, make sure you’ve already opted out of the Beta program before tapping the “downgrade OTA update” button. If you receive the public, stable version of QPR2, you can install it without penalty, but only if you exited the beta before March 20th.
If you’re still on the QPR2 Beta, you will soon receive QPR3 Beta 1. If you want to leave the QPR Beta program, do not install QPR3 Beta 1 and install the stable version of QPR2 instead. If you decide to stick around and run QPR3 Beta 1, you won’t have a chance to exit the Beta program without penalty until June 5th.
What’s Next for Android?
Google is expected to launch the Android 14 Beta program next month, with the final version of Android 14 potentially being released in August. The Google I/O developer conference on May 10th will provide more information about Android 14.
Google I/O 2023 will be broadcast in front of a limited live audience and is open to everyone online on May 10th. You can view the keynote from Google’s YouTube channel by clicking the “Live” tab. To attend other I/O sessions, you’ll need to register for free.