Google moves on to Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 for Pixel phones, Tablets, and Folds, leaving behind QPR1 Beta 3.
Google is starting the next quarterly cycle even before the launch of QPR1 next month. QPR2 is set to hit stable in March. The build numbers today are intriguing:
- Pixel 5a devices: AP11.231020.013
- Pixel 8 and 8 Pro devices: AP11.231020.014
- All other devices: AP11.231020.013.A1
Note: The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro builds are not yet available and are officially “coming soon.”
Here’s what’s new in Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 [Gallery]
Quarterly Platform Releases (QPRs) offer significant changes compared to monthly bug fixes. They can provide UI tweaks and new features without needing to wait for the next major Android release. QPRs are relatively stable and are launched as betas rather than developer previews. Google officially says they are “suitable for general use,” but some issues still exist:
- An issue with some apps that use the
meta-dataelement unconventionally prevents these apps from being installed by the system.
- Sometimes when a user unlocks the device using their fingerprint, there is no haptic feedback.
- For Pixel Fold devices, sometimes after a user unlocks the device while it’s folded, the inner display doesn’t turn on after unfolding the device.
- The Assistant At a Glance widget sometimes displays weather information for the wrong location.
Google identifies the following fixes, which are presumably from QPR1:
- Fixed an issue that caused the package manager to crash when installing some apps. (Issue #303849830)
- Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented users from submitting feedback using the Android Beta Feedback app. (Issue #307592531)
- Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented a device from connecting to a 5G network when it was available. (Issue #306294357)
The Android Beta Feedback app is available on Pixel devices to submit problems. You can access it from the app drawer or via Quick Settings to file bugs in the Google issue tracker, while the Android Beta community is on Reddit. Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 along with the November 2023 security patch is available for the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold, as well as the Android Emulator.
If you prefer to leave the beta program and receive the public stable release of Android 14 QPR1, you can do so without wiping your device by opting out and not installing today’s QPR2 Beta 1 update. If you opt-out of the program after installing Beta 1 or any future updates, all user data on the device will get wiped per usual program guidelines. Opting out will trigger a ‘Downgrade’ OTA. Ignore this update and wait for the Android 14 QPR1 public release instead.
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