Android 13 QPR1 Beta 1 includes an updated Pixel Recorder app with visual improvements

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The updated recorder app includes support for the Android 13 media player, among other changes


The stable version of Android 13 QPR1 is not expected to reach Pixel devices until December. Thankfully, the recently released QPR1 Beta 1 has shed light on some new additions to the software, including a Face Unlock option, while also revealing camera details of the upcoming Pixel Foldable, which is rumored to be breaking cover in 2023. We are now encountering another change with Android 13 QPR1 Beta 1 regarding the Pixel Recorder app.

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The latest beta version appears to include an updated version of the recorder app, jumping from version 3.5.456678826 to 3.7.454794857, as reported by 9to5Google. This app targets API level 33 and comes preinstalled with Android 13 QPR1 Beta 1.

Standing out among the changes is support for the Android 13 media player. As you can see from the screenshots below, the newer version offers a wider range of controls, including a large pause/play button on the right, with 5-second rewind and 10-second forward buttons located on both sides of the progress bar.

Additionally, tapping the three-dot overflow menu within a recording includes options like “Create a video clip” and “Export transcript to Google Docs,” while the current iteration of the Recorder app only has “Share,” “Rename,” and “Delete” options. contains. The options to convert the recording to a video clip and export the transcript to Google Docs are in the release sheet in Recorder version 3.5.

Google also seems to have fixed a bug where the “Recording in progress” notification would appear just a few seconds after the recording started, while some dialog boxes have also been shrunk and now appear slimmer.

It’s possible that Google may decide to roll out Recorder version 3.7 via the Play Store, although as 9to5Google notes, it could just as likely be bundled with the stable Android 13 QPR1 update later this year.

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