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Everything New in Android 14 QPR2 Beta 2


Android 14

Android 14 QPR2 Beta 2, released on December 11th, 2023, focuses primarily on bug fixes and stability improvements while offering a few subtle new features and hints of what's to come in future releases.


Pixel Launcher: Enhanced App Name Display


The Pixel Launcher has received a notable tweak. App names now display on two lines, enhancing readability and user interface aesthetics. This subtle yet effective change caters to the diverse range of apps with longer names, ensuring clarity and ease of navigation.


App Info Update: New 'Force Stop' Icon


In the realm of app management, a new 'Force stop' icon has been introduced in the App info section. This icon not only aligns with the Material 3 design philosophy but also adds to the intuitiveness of the system, making app management more straightforward for users.


Developer Options: New Additions and Changes


Widevine Settings

A new feature in the Developer options is the 'Widevine settings.' While currently inactive, its inclusion hints at future capabilities related to digital rights management and content protection.

Memory Tagging Extension

The Memory Tagging Extension has become more prominent. This enhancement is crucial for developers, offering improved system stability and security against memory corruption vulnerabilities.


Wallpaper Management: Quick Switcher Update


A significant change in user experience comes with the update to the wallpaper quick switcher. Users no longer have access to their last five wallpapers, necessitating a fresh setup for each wallpaper change. This could be seen as a step back in terms of convenience.


Settings App: Updated Material 3 Toggles


The Settings app sees a design overhaul with narrower but taller toggles, aligning with the updated Material 3 design language. This change contributes to a more unified and cohesive user experience across the Android ecosystem.


Supported Devices


  • Pixel 5a

  • Pixel 6/6 Pro/6a

  • Pixel 7/7 Pro/7a

  • Pixel Tablet

  • Pixel Fold

  • Pixel 8/8 Pro

Installation Instructions

  • Check Device Compatibility: Ensure your Pixel device is compatible with Android 14 QPR2 Beta 2. Compatible devices include Pixel 5a, Pixel 6/6 Pro/6a, Pixel 7/7 Pro/7a, and others.

  • Enroll in the Beta Program: Visit the Android Beta Program website and enroll your compatible Pixel device. Once enrolled, navigate to 'Settings' > 'System' > 'System update' on your device and check for the OTA (Over-The-Air) update.

  • Manual Installation (Alternative): Alternatively, you can manually install the latest Android 14 QPR beta build by flashing it on your Pixel device. This requires downloading the beta build files and using tools like ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to install them.

  • Using Nexus Tools: For an easier installation process, you can install the current release of Nexus Tools, which simplifies the process of using ADB and other command-line tools.

  • Follow On-Screen Instructions: During the installation process, follow any on-screen instructions carefully to complete the update.


Conclusion

The Android 14 QPR2 Beta 2 update brings a mix of subtle and significant changes to the Android experience, particularly for Pixel device users. From interface tweaks to developer-centric enhancements, this update paves the way for a more refined and secure Android ecosystem.


General Advisories


  • This release might have various stability, battery, or performance issues.

  • For users with accessibility needs, this release might not be appropriate for daily use.

  • Some apps might not function as expected when running on this release. This limitation includes Google's apps as well as other apps.

  • Android 14 QPR beta builds aren't Compatibility Test Suite (CTS)-approved, but they have passed preliminary testing and provide a stable set of pre-release APIs for developers. Apps that depend on CTS-approved builds or use SafetyNet APIs might not work normally on Android 14 QPR beta builds.

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