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Android 14 Beta 2 released: What’s New

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Android 14 beta 2 is now available for all eligible pixel devices, including Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. This is the second beta update which was almost available two weeks ago after Android 14 Beta 1.1. This is the progress cycle of Android 14 which will be get tested by beta users and get feedback from them.

Then after collecting all the feedback, Google will add some improvements and fixes to make a stable update of Android 14 for all users; however, the beta version will only be available for the users who have enrolled in the Android beta program. Every new beta update comes with some bug fixes and features; lets know about it.

Android 14 beta 2 brings some new features

In this beta update, Google has added some new features in different stock apps, such as:

Camera and Gallery: Android devices come with high-end cameras that are currently able to take photos up to 200 MP, which are also able to capture billions of colors. Now with the latest Android 14 beta update, Android devices will be able to capture images on 12-bit HDR. This feature will improve the quality of photos by enabling vibrant colors and greater contrast. Additionally, apps will use camera extensions to handle processing times and use the algorithm to get more enhanced photos.

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Handle graphics more efficiently: Android 14 has added support for meshes which can be defined as triangles and triangle strips. The vertex shader defines the varying vertex/fragment. It depends on the position and color, while the fragment shader can optionally define the color for the pixel.

Health Connect: As previously rumored, Health Connect will be coming with Android 14. Now with the second beta, it is confirmed. Health Connect is an internal function that will help users to track all the records of health. In other words, it will give a platform that allows users to share data between their favorite apps with a single place to control what data want to share with these apps.

Data Sharing Updates: With Android 14, Google is focusing on the privacy of Android device users, and this update brings a Data sharing update feature. This feature will allow users to track app location activity. In other words, if any app shares your current location update with any other source, then you will be able to track the page.

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Apart from these, Google has introduced a new type of notification that will appear on the full screen; generally, this is designed for high-priority notifications such as incoming calls and user-configured alarm clock settings. This permission will be enabled by default; however, if users do not want to use this feature so they have the choice to turn it off. Additionally, Google has enhanced in-app animations.

The latest Android 14 beta 2 update is now available on Pixel smartphones with firmware version UPB2.230407.14. It also includes May 2023 security patch update. However, the update is only available for users who have participated in the Android beta program. While for the general public, Google will release a stable Android 14 update in the coming months. 


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Google released the Pixel feature drop in June 2024 for its Pixel devices

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Google aggressively updates Pixel device lineups, including smartphones and tablets. To get new features and improvements, the company follows the Quarterly release program, where initially, it provides testing updates to eligible users and then provides new stable updates publicly. Following the same trend, the company has started rolling out its third Pixel drop update for its devices; let’s explore it.

June 2024 Pixel drop update 

With the June 2024 Pixel drop update, many new features exist, including Gemini nano, summarize in recorder, and connected displays. With the latest update, it has improved the HDR+frame selection. Now, you will get a manual lens selection option to handle the smartphone camera professionally. It has brought a doorbell notification: if your pixel tablet can give you a snapshot of who is at your front door, you can talk to them and receive a quick response. To explore all the latest features in detail, you can check the official changelog here.

Availability of the update for pixel devices

Google’s latest Pixel drop update will be available to select Pixel devices, including Pixel 8 series, pixel 7 series, Pixel 6 series, Pixel 5a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. However, it is worth noting that the feature’s availability will vary from device to device; if you have any of the smartphones mentioned above, you can check the feature’s availability with this link. It is worth noticing that the latest update also brings a new June 2024 security patch level.

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Despite Android 14 Launch, Android 13 Remains Most Used

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Google shared the Android release number last time in October 2023, when Android 13 was crowned first place with a newly released Android 14. Now again, the metrics of the most-used Android versions in 2024 get updated. 

Despite the fact that it has already been seven months since the Android 14 release, Android 13 is still the most used Android version. Android 11, Android 12, and even Android 10 have surpassed the latest stable version of Android, which now holds the fifth place. The last will not always be the first. When it comes to the distribution of Android versions, the most recent version, Android 14, unfortunately does not rank first or second, but instead falls to the bottom of the Top 5.

This is being speculated as Google has finally updated the Android version distribution panel, hidden within Android Studio for a few years now. After calculating the appropriate calculations, the results show that Android 14 is on only 13% of mobile phones, a somewhat low figure considering that seven months have already passed since its launch.

If the statistics are to be believed, the most used version of Android is still Android 13, with 20.9% of the total. Since October 2023, which is the last time Google shared the data, Android 13 has dropped only 1.5%. The result is strange since it showcases that the second most used version is Android 11, holding a share of 19.0% instead of Android 12, with 14.7%. 

Jumping on the five-year-old ‘Android 10’, which has a greater market share than Android 14, The “good” news is that the versions before Oreo are gently retiring, counting up to a total of 4.6%. Versions before Marshmallow and runtime permissions arrived are presented in only 1.2% of all active Android phones. We are mentioning the Android versions with their shares. – 

  • Android 13 (20.9%)
  • Android 11 (19.0%)
  • Android 12 (14.7%)
  • Android 10 (13.6%)
  • Android 14 (13.0%)
  • Android 9 Pie (8.4%)
  • Android 8 Oreo (5.8%)
  • Android 7 Nougat (2.0%)
  • Android 6 Marshmallow (1.4%)
  • Android 5 Lollipop (0.9%)

Also, Android onwards accounts for 81.2% of the total. These versions receive changes and new features, such as updates to the Google Play system or Google services. 

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Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2 Update: Network Fixes and Better System Stability

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Google is working towards the development of Android 15, but it is not only focused on the upcoming new Android iteration; at the same time, it is also bringing new features for the pixel devices with the Android 14 QPR updates.

For your information, the QPR update stands for Quarterly Platform Release, which aims to bring new functionalities and improvements for the Pixel device on a quarterly basis. In each quarter, the company provides beta updates and then offers public updates after testing the features. Like with the late Android 14 QPR 3 beta 2.2, the company has brought some new fixes.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2: What’s new? 

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2 brings some new fixes that will improve the overall functionality of the devices. According to the changelog, the latest update will fix the issue related to mobile phones halting connectivity even on the best networks. Along with this, the update has also made improvements for making the device more stable while using different functions.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.2: official changelog

This minor update to Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 includes the following fixes:


The update is live for all the eligible Google Pixel devices, including the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. However, it will only be available to those users who haven’t joined the Android 15 beta program.

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