Android 12 QPR3 reached stable on Monday after three months of beta testing and is now trickling out to more Pixel phones. Nevertheless, a minor glitch in Android 12 QPR3 causes widgets to frequently refresh when you go back to the homescreen after rotating the device.

This Android 12 widget bug appears when using a landscape-oriented app, such as when watching a YouTube video in full-screen mode. Any widget that is on a homescreen in portrait mode will reload when you return to it. You will only see a transparent gray box with the widget’s name in the center for a brief period of time.

When you exit an app and return to the homescreen after spending some time in it, that typically but infrequently happens. (This also happens if you force stop the Pixel Launcher.) What is different today, though, is how reliably you can make the reload happen when the rotation changes.

Even though it only lasts for a second or two at most, this is fairly noticeable and was not the case on Android 12L with the May security patch or the most recent Android 13 Beta 3. If not earlier, the problem was present in QPR3 Beta 3.

iPHONE 12 QPR3 (PIXEL 6 PRO) The majority of the Pixel 5 and 6 devices we tested today were able to reliably recreate this issue, however one wasn’t able to. Users encountering it are also other users. In our experience, YouTube is the largest offender, although Chrome and other third-party applications have also had issues.

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