What you need to know
- Google is rolling out Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2 for enrolled and eligible Pixel devices with its focus on correcting known bugs.
- The company has made it known that it's aware of a couple of additional pesky bugs that have yet to be rectified in Beta 2.
- The latest beta contains a new "system updates" page for Pixel owners which give information on the status of their OS and Pixel system apps.
Google is wasting no time in rolling out its next beta for the upcoming quarterly update. As stated in an official Reddit post, Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2 is arriving on several Pixel devices ranging from the Pixel 5a to the Pixel 7a, including the Pixel Fold and Tablet with build number U1B2.230922.006.
The company is also alerting enrolled testers to some general problems they may encounter while running this test OS version. Users should be made aware of potential battery and performance issues, alongside "various stability" problems.
The top issues Google has patched detailed in its changelog are as follows:
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Settings app to crash when a user accessed system Bluetooth settings after pairing a device.
- Fixed an issue on some devices where the scrolling animation sometimes stuttered or paused.
- Fixed various issues that were impacting system stability and performance.
There are still a couple of known issues with the latest beta that have not yet been corrected. Those problems include a problem where those swapping their SIM cards can no longer connect to their cellular provider. Another involves the battery percentage indicator in the top UI, at times, displaying 0% for a brief moment.
A side note: QPR1 Beta 2 includes a revamped settings page for enrolled Pixel owners to experience. As detailed by Mishaal Rahman on Telegram, the "system updates" page now displays whether or not your OS, mainline version, and Pixel system apps are up to date.
As usual, Google adds users should give their devices up to 24 hours before receiving the OTA update. However, if you're just curious, you can manually check for the latest beta by heading into your Settings > System > System updates. If you own an eligible device and you're not enrolled, you may do so by visiting the Android beta page.
Android 14 was just launched yesterday alongside Google's latest releases like the Pixel 8 series and the Pixel Watch 2. Considering testing started back in September and continuing with the second beta, Google is well on its way to rolling out its quarterly Android drop in December.
The Pixel 7a is Google's latest small phone — but it's packed with flagship specs. The device features a 6.1-inch display with a 64MP main camera, a strong Tensor G2 chip, and five years' worth of updates. The Pixel 7a redesigned build compliments the larger Pixel 7 series, all without compromising on performance.
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