A day after the confirmation of the Google I/O event, Google released the second developer preview of Android 14 for Pixel phones. Since the forthcoming Android update is still in the developer preview phase, you can not expect any big changes.
Google plants the new build on compatible Pixel phones with the UPP2.230217.004 version number. It weighs around 500MB in size for those who run on the first developer preview upgrade. The upgrade goes live with March 2023 monthly security patch.
According to the details shared by Google through Android Developers Blog, the second preview release includes a new privacy feature that lets users grant access to specific photos when prompted by any app. Yes, the new preview release comes with an updated dialog with three options.
- Allow access to all photos: the full library of all on-device photos & videos is available
- Select photos: only the user’s selection of photos & videos will be temporarily available via MediaStore
- Don’t allow: access to all photos and videos is denied
The next change in the list is the Credential Manager as a platform API, this addition brings more secure ways to sign-in to apps and websites.
Android 14 second developer preview brings enhancements to background activities. Google says, “the apps targeting Android 14 will need to grant privileges to start activities in the background.”
Moving to the next change, then the upgrade has fewer non-dismissible notifications which means the notifications that are important to device functionality will stay non-dismissible.
Regional Personalizations is another visual change coming with the second developer preview. It allows users to personalization temperature units, the first day of the week, and numbering systems. Google is also focusing on faster and smoother updates on Android 14.
So, these are the highlights of the second developer preview of Android 14.
The newer version of Android – Android 14 is compatible with a big list of Pixel phones including the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a 5G, and Pixel 4a 5G. If you are on the first developer preview, then you will receive the second preview over-the-air.
If you are on the stable Android 13 and want to try out the new Android 14 developer preview, then you can download the second developer preview and sideload it on your phone.
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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