Google has begun rolling out the Android 14 Beta 2.1 update to testers using Pixel smartphones. The US tech giant has announced that the stable release of Android 14 is expected in August 2023. To recall, the first developer preview of Android 14 was released in early February 2023, and subsequent beta releases have been released every few weeks. The final beta build is expected to be released in July 2023, with the stable release following shortly thereafter.
As per the latest information, Android 14 beta 2.1 is now available for all eligible Pixel devices, including Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. This is the Android 14 development cycle in which beta testers will test and provide feedback.
After collecting all the feedback from beta users, Google will bring some fixes and improvements to roll out a stable update of Android 14 to all users; However, the beta version will be available only to users who have enrolled in the Android Beta Program. If you’ve already registered in the Android beta for the Pixel program, you’ll be offered an over-the-air (OTA) update to beta 2.1.
Moving on, the latest Android 14 beta 2.1 update is now available on Pixel smartphones with firmware version UPB2.230407.019. Apart from this, it also installs the May 2023 security patch to deliver a secure UI Express. However, the update is only available to users participating in the Android Beta Program.
Android 14 Beta 2.1
The main aim of Android 14’s Beta 2.1 release is to fix some critical issues which have affected some basic functions such as the Battery %, Speaker, apps crashing, Android Auto, Google Photos app crash, gesture navigation, Google Messages icon, and more.
Android 14 Beta 2.1 Changelog:
- Fixed more issues that could cause the battery percentage to display as 0% regardless of the actual charge level of the device. (Issue #281890661)
- Fixed issues that sometimes caused audio disruptions with the device’s speakers. (Issue #282020333), (Issue #281926462), (Issue #282558809)
- Fixed system stability issues that could cause apps or the device to freeze or crash. (Issue #281108515)
- Fixed an issue with always-on-display mode when using a device with Android Auto. (Issue #282184174)
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Google Photos app to crash when trying to open certain photos.
- Fixed an issue where, while gesture navigation was enabled for a device, putting a video into picture-in-picture mode in the Google TV app made the picture-in-picture window disappear, even though playback continued and audio could still be heard.
- Fixed an issue that caused the Google Contacts app to crash when managing account settings.
- Fixed an issue where the icon for the Google Messages app did not display for notifications when always-on-display mode was enabled.