In an exciting development for Android enthusiasts, Google has recently unveiled Android 14 Beta 2 exclusively for Pixel smartphones. This release marks a significant step forward in the evolution of the popular operating system, offering users a taste of the upcoming Android update. Unlike the previous developer previews, this beta version is accessible to the public, allowing eager users to explore the new features and provide valuable feedback.
What’s New in Android 14 Beta 2?
Android 14 beta 2 introduces a range of improvements and refinements, promising a smoother and more refined user experience. In comparison to the previous beta, which exhibited occasional lags and performance issues, this latest iteration showcases enhanced stability, making it viable for daily usage.
One of the notable changes can be seen on the home screen and quick setting tiles. A new tile called “Font Size” has been introduced, allowing users to adjust the font size directly without navigating to the display settings. Additionally, the “At a Glance” widget now appears more compact, with smaller text size compared to Android 13. It’s important to note that these changes may undergo further modifications in future builds.
Further improvements can be observed when accessing app shortcuts on the home screen. Previously, only icons were displayed, but with Android 14 beta 2, two distinct sections have been added: “App Info” and “Pause App.” While not all applications exhibit this feature, popular apps like YouTube now offer quick access to both app information and the ability to pause them.
Android 14 beta 2 also brings changes to the wallpapers and styles section, with the reintroduction of the monochrome color palette and an increased total of 20 basic colors, compared to the previous 16 in Android 13. The home screen itself has undergone a minor alteration, replacing the single line indicator with two dots to represent the number of pages available.
Furthermore, the clipboard feature has been modified to occupy less space. After copying text, a smaller preview icon now appears, reducing the visual clutter on the screen. This change aims to enhance the user experience when the keyboard is active.
Other notable improvements include adjustments to the Always-On Display (AOD) styles and lock screen visuals. The AOD clock font size has been reduced, and the Do Not Disturb icon has been relocated to the right side of the widget. Some users have reported minor bugs regarding Do Not Disturb not displaying properly on Android 14 beta 2.
In terms of notifications, Android 14 introduces a new feature called “Flash Notification.” Users can utilize the camera flash and screen flash, with multiple color options available for the latter. Privacy settings have also received a redesign, offering bolder and more colorful previews for various security and privacy options.
Additionally, under the “Data Sharing Update for Location” feature, users can track applications that modify location data sharing policies. This provides users with better control over their location privacy.
Android 14 beta 2 also includes changes in system settings, separating language and keyboard options into two distinct sections.
These are just some of the notable changes and improvements found in Android 14 beta 2 for Pixel smartphones. As users continue to explore the beta version, more insights into the update’s performance and features are expected to surface. Google encourages users to provide feedback on their experiences, ensuring a more refined and user-centric final release.
As the Android 14 journey progresses, users eagerly anticipate the stable release, which is expected to offer an array of exciting features and optimizations. Stay tuned for further updates and enjoy exploring the new possibilities offered by Android 14 beta 2.
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Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 1 with Android 14 Announced for Nothing Phone (2)
Nothing company has announced its next significant update “Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 1” for Nothing Phone (2) users. This new update is based on Android 14. Starting tomorrow, users of the Phone (2) can expect this update on their devices. If there are any special steps needed to install it, the company promises to provide guidance.
The announcement about Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 1 came via the company’s official X handle, which used to be known as Twitter. According to their post, more details about this update will be shared on October 11.
However, there’s a bit of a wait on the specifics. Nothing hasn’t yet confirmed the exact time the update will be released. So for now Phone (2) users have to wait for a little while until the next announcement from the company.
Android 14 Update is Now Live for Pixel Devices
Google’s Pixel devices are now receiving the much-awaited Android 14 update. This follows a preview program that began in February, where several previews and betas were issued. If you own a Pixel 4a 5G or a later model, you can download this latest Android version.
It’s not just Pixel users who can look forward to this update. Companies like Samsung, iQOO, Nothing, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, vivo, and Xiaomi plan to release Android 14 updates for their devices soon.
A highlight of Android 14 is its customization features. Google had hinted at these earlier, and now they are a reality. Generative AI wallpapers are making their debut on Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, backed by advanced text-to-image diffusion models.
Lock screen personalization has also leveled up. Users can change font styles, choose from different color palettes, and add custom widget shortcuts. This makes it quick and easy to access tools like the QR reader or the Google Home app. There’s even a new feature where the home screen templates adjust dynamically. For instance, if there’s a storm approaching, the weather app widget becomes more noticeable.
Photography enthusiasts will appreciate Android 14’s support for HDR images. The Ultra HDR feature enhances photo quality, making pictures look more vibrant. Audio enhancements are also part of the package, with the inclusion of native spatial audio support, a new media player, and a cross-device copy/paste function.
Prioritizing user privacy and security, Android 14 introduces Health Connect. This feature securely stores and encrypts personal health data directly on the device. Users will now also receive alerts if apps want to share location data with third parties, and they have the option to decline such requests.
Improvements extend to passkey features. Android 14 offers enhanced support for fingerprint authentication in external apps. Additionally, there’s a revamped 6-digit PIN lockscreen option.
Accessibility has also been a focus for this update. Users can now magnify content more effectively using the pinch-to-zoom feature and select from various magnification sizes. The quick settings menu offers faster font size adjustments using nonlinear scaling, which makes text easier to read. Hearing aid users will find the dedicated setup in the Accessibility settings beneficial, along with expanded options to direct audio to different outputs.
Is Android 14 Releasing on October 4? Telus Listing Suggests So
The release of Google’s Android 14 has been much awaited. The latest buzz suggested that it would be unveiled on the same day as the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro announcement on October 4. While this was initially just a rumor the latest information seems to add some weight to it.
Canadian carrier Telus has provided a clue. They listed software update start dates for the devices they sell. For all Pixel devices beginning with the Pixel 4a the name “Android U” was set for an October 4 rollout.
The term Android U stands for Android Upside Down Cake. This is the inside name for Android 14. Interestingly this detail on Telus’s list was later removed. This change might be because Google noticed the details circulating online and asked Telus to take the information down. This is just a guess. It’s not clear what really happened. There’s a small chance that the initial information was not correct.
But there’s not much waiting left. In less than one day everything will be clear. If Android 14 is set to release on October 4 it is likely that Google will announce it at its big event. So everyone should watch out for that. We will keep you updated on any new developments.
Update: Droid-life.com has updated their article, saying that the information has been removed from the Telus listing as of now.
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