Earlier this month, Google teased the upcoming version of Android at its annual developer conference, Google I/O. On the same day, the tech titan released the second beta of Android 14. However, despite the initial release, a few bugs have remained unresolved. To address these issues, the company has now released an incremental Android 14 beta 2.1 upgrade specifically for Pixel phones.
Google pushes the gradual upgrade to the Pixel phones running on Android 14 beta with UPB2.230407.019 software version. The new upgrade weighs only 35.80MB in size, so, you can quickly upgrade your phone to new software. The security patch remains unchanged, you will receive beta 2.1 with May 2023 security patch.
Moving to the features and changes, then Google releases the Android 14 beta 2.1 with fixes including an issue that sometimes caused audio disruptions with the device’s speakers, more issues causing the battery percentage to display as 0% regardless of the actual battery percentage, more stability fixing apps crash and freeze issues, and many more.
Here’s the complete list of changes coming with the Android 14 beta 2.1.
- Fixed an issue that prevented users from completing device setup after opting a device running an Android 14 beta build out of the beta program. However, this fix is not backward compatible, so users that want to opt out of the beta program should take the following steps before opting out:
- Update the device to Android 14 Beta 2.1, either through the over-the-air (OTA) update prompt, or by downloading an OTA image and then applying the update manually.
- Reset the pin, pattern, or password that’s used on the device by navigating to Settings > Security & privacy > Screen lock. You can use the same pin, pattern, or password that was used previously, but you need to go through the setup flow.
- Opt out of the beta program by following the instructions listed for the “How can I opt out and return to a public Android release” question in the FAQ section of the Android Beta Program page.
- 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.
Now if you own an eligible Pixel smartphone running on the second beta, then you can easily upgrade your Pixel smartphone to the incremental beta by navigating to the System Updates in Settings and then downloading the new beta.
If your phone is running on the Android 13 stable version and you want to try out the Android 14 beta, then you need to sign up for the Android Beta Program, see the process in this story. Make sure your phone is eligible for the Android 14, these are the eligible models – Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro.
You can also manually sideload the Android 14 beta on your Pixel phone, you can download the OTA builds for manual installation from this page.
Before updating your phone, make sure to take a backup of important data and also charge your phone to at least 50%.
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