Immediately after the confirmation of the Google I/O event, Google officially released the Android 14 Developer Preview 2 for Pixel smartphones. Google has released this update for compatible Pixel devices and it comes with the version number UPP2.230217.004. It’ll be around 500MB in size for people running the first developer preview upgrade and it’ll come with the March 2023 Monthly Security Patch.
Changelog for the new developer preview
According to the information shared by Google through Android Developers Blog, this release includes a new privacy feature, which grants users access to specific photos when prompted by any app. This new preview release will come with an updated dialog having three options.
- Grants access to all photos – Availability of the full library of all on-device photos and videos
- Select photos – Only the user’s selection of photos and videos will be available temporarily via MediaStore
- Don’t allow – Access to all photos and videos is denied
The next change will be the Credential Manager as a platform API, which brings in more secure ways of signing in to apps and websites. This update has fewer non-dismissible notifications, which means that the notifications that are important to device functionality would be non-dismissible.
Regional Personalization will be another visual change that comes with the second developer preview. It’ll allow the users to personalize temperature units, number systems, the first days of the week, and more. Google is focusing on quicker and smoother updates for the Android ecosystem.
How to apply for the Android 14 Developer Preview 2
The new Android 14 update will be compatible with a big list of Pixel smartphones including the Pixel 4A 5G, Pixel 5A 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 6, Pixel 6A, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. If you’re on the first developer preview, you will eventually receive the second preview OTA.
If you’re running the stable Android 13 OS and wish to try out the latest Android 14 Developer Preview, you’ll be able to download the second developer preview before sideloading it on your phone.