Pixel owners are excited about tomorrow and it has nothing to do with WWDC

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Pixel owners are excited about tomorrow and it has nothing to do with WWDC
UPDATE: In the original story we wrote, "Whether the update comes on time is anyone's guess right now." Well, it looks as though the QPR3 Update aka the June Feature Drop is late again. We will try again tomorrow to see if it arrives, but when the March Feature Drop was delayed, it didn't drop until the next Monday. So with that in mind, let's say that the update will arrive June 12th. Of course, if there are any new developments, we will cover it right here.

Here we are again Pixel owners, looking forward to another big Monday. So let's see what is on the calendar. Some sort of developers conference in California is supposed to start at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT and there might be some big deal made over a $3,000 headset. But that has nothing to do with any Pixel handset. No, those with a Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel 7a are scheduled to receive the June Feature Drop tomorrow.

Whether the update comes on time is anyone's guess right now. You might recall that the March Feature Drop was delayed back on March 6th and was finally released a week later. That is, except for those with the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, or Pixel 6a. Those models had to wait an additional week before receiving the update. The June Feature drop is supposed to bring back Wi-Fi sharing which Google took away from the Pixel models in March.

Recently Google announced some new features for all Android devices, not just Pixel phones. The new features will include Reading practice which works with certain children's ebooks in the Google Play Books app to help kids how to say hard-to-pronounce words. There will be some new widgets and aquatic-based emoji combination from the Emoji Kitcvhen.

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For Pixel users currently subscribed to the Android 13 QPR3 Beta program, tomorrow could be their chance to exit the program without having to pay the penalty of a device wipe. As soon as you install the June Feature Drop, you can head over to www.google.com/android/beta or tap on this link. Press the rectangular box that says "View your eligible devices." You will be taken to a page showing an image of your Pixel phone and underneath it, you'll see a button you can press to opt out. Press it and follow the directions.

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If you want to go to the Android 14 Beta program, we'd advise you to wait for Platform Stability which will take place in Android 14 Beta 3. Platform Stability doesn't mean that all of the instability of the Beta is gone, it just means that all developer APIs are finalized. We will cover this more in-depth when Android 14 Beta 3 is released. And keep in mind that once you join the Android 14 Beta program, you won't be able to leave it without a data wipe until the final version is released in August.

We could see the June Feature Drop released for compatible Pixel models as soon as Monday at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT. I know something is happening around that time tomorrow. To check to see if the update has arrived go to Settings > System > System update. Make sure that the update you receive is for Android 13 QPR3. If there is a delay and you don't examine the update you're downloading, you might accidentally end up installing the Android 14 Beta.

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