Android QPR3 beta 3 update breaks Pixel Launcher’s app search feature
The next exciting Quarterly Pixel Feature Drop should take place on Monday, June 6th. For those who can’t wait, Google offers Android 12 QPR3 beta 3. At this point though, it really wouldn’t be worth joining the Android 12 QPR beta program especially since the final version of the update is on the horizon, and installing the beta has caused the Android Launcher to suffer from a new bug that prevents the user from searching for the apps on his phone.
Android 12 QPR3 beta 3 breaks the app search feature on the Android Launcher
With this bug, when you swipe up from the home screen to open the Pixel Launcher app drawer and search for one of the apps installed on your Pixel, it will not show up. This impacts both first and third-party apps and some that are pre-installed. The only apps that will appear are those with app shortcuts that match the title you are searching for. Also, in-app settings and Pixel Tips search are not affected by the bug.
Pixel Launcher App Search breaks on Android 12 and Android 12 QPR3 beta 3
And while at first, it appeared that only those running the unstable Android 12 QPR3 beta 3 on their Pixel 4 or later models were affected, it turns out that some Pixel users running the stable Android 12 version of the operating system have also been done in by the bug.
Google allows you to return to stable release without data wipe for a limited time
Make sure that you back up your data prior to opting into the program. Also, remember that this release will be buggy and that features you might be counting on using every day might not work right on the beta. Also, you might want to purchase a power bank since battery life will be hit in the beta release.
While opting out of the beta and returning to public updates usually requires you to wipe your handset, during the release cycle of a beta program there will be four stable releases. Google says that “When you apply the stable release update for the version you’re beta testing, you can opt out without a data wipe for a limited time until you apply the next beta update.”
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For example, let’s say you are running Android 12 QPR3 beta 3. We expect the stable release for the update to take place on June 6th. For a limited time, you’ll be able to opt-out of the beta program without having to wipe the data from your phone. However, once you return to the next beta update, you then must stay in the beta or be forced to wipe the data off your phone until the next stable release is available.