Google is now blessing its Pixel handsets with the Android 14 Beta 2.1 release. The latest firmware is holding another set of bug fixes over the previous build. Most of these improvements are related to the system applications, battery, and stability aspects.
According to the inputs, Android 14 Beta 2.1 is rolling out with the UPB2.230407.019 version. Alongside the bug fixes and significant optimizations for the Pixel devices, the update accompanies the May 2023 patch to enhance the system security and prevent harmful malware.
Moving on to the bug fixes, the list begins with the solution for a troubling issue that often restricted users from completing the device setup after opting for the Android 14 beta build from the beta program.
Pay attention! this fix is not backward compatible. Hence, users need to take the following steps to opt out of the beta program:
Initially, update the device to the new version – Android 14 Beta 2.1 via the OTA update notification, or by downloading an OTA image and then applying it manually. Next, reset the pin, pattern, or password, set on your phone by visiting Settings > Security & Privacy > Screen Lock.
You can also utilize the same pin or password, though you will require to go through the setup flow. Finally, opt out of the beta program by taking help from the ‘How can I opt out and return to a public Android release’ question from the FAQ section.
Apart from these, you can check other fixes in the below section.
Android 14 Beta 2.1 – Fixes
- Fixed more issues that could cause the battery percentage to display as 0% regardless of the actual charge level of the device. (Issue #281890661)
- Fixed issues that sometimes caused audio disruptions with the device’s speakers. (Issue #282020333), (Issue #28192462) (Issue #282558809)
- Fixed system stability issues that could cause apps or the device to freeze or crash. (Issue #281108515)
- Fixed an issue with always-on-display mode when using a device with Android Auto. (Issue #282184174)
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Google Photos app to crash when trying to open certain photos.
- Fixed an issue where, while gesture navigation was enabled for a device, putting a video into picture-in-picture mode in the Google TV app made the picture-in-picture window disappear, even though playback continued and audio could still be heard.
- Fixed an issue that caused the Google Contacts app to crash when managing account settings.
- Fixed an issue where the icon for the Google Messages app did not display for notifications when the always-on-display mode was enabled.
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The update is live for the Pixel devices ranging from Pixel 4a to the 7th series. If you are already enrolled in the Android Beta Program, then the firmware will automatically fly over to your device via the OTA method.