While users have been awaiting the release of the stable Android 14 firmware, Google has surprised everyone by releasing the Android 14 QPR1 Beta Update. This is a stark contrast to the usual pattern where Google releases the QPR Beta updates after releasing the stable Android version.
The Android 14 QPR1 beta update comes with a number of new features and changes. Google has rolled out the new update for eligible Pixel devices and it comes with the build number U1B1.230908.003. The beta update weighs around 450 MB in size for Pixel 7 Series handsets and also features the September 2023 monthly security patch.
For eligibility, the Android 14 platform release beta is available for devices like Pixel 7, Pixel 7a, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 5a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold.
Changelog for the new Android update
The list of features that come with the Android 14 QPR1 Beta includes a new Metro-style clock for the lock screen, landscape mode optimizations for the lock screen, full-screen support for Instagram on Tablets and foldables, and Pixel launcher has also received a new home screen editing mode. Here is a list of fixes that come with this update –
- Fixed the issue where the System UI was crashing after notifications were interacted with or posted
- Fixed the issue that was causing the recording view to freeze when recording videos
- The issue that was causing devices to crash has been fixed
- Fixed the bug where device alarms were getting reset after installing an update
How to install the Android 14 QPR1 Beta for Pixel smartphones?
If you’ve got a compatible Pixel device, then you can easily join the Android Beta Program and update your smartphone to the Android 14 QP1 beta. Once you have upgraded to the new beta, you can use the Android Beta Feedback app for submitting problems or issues available on the update.