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Android 14 Beta 3 is now available, here’s the complete changelog

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Google has rolled out a new Android 14 beta 3 update for the selected Pixel devices, including Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7. Earlier beta updates are only limited to the above-mentioned devices, but the latest one is now also available for the Pixel 7a.

This Beta update will be the new milestone for the developing cycle of Android 14; after this, there will be one more beta update available. In case you don’t know about the last software iteration of Android 14 development, you can refer to these links Android 14 Developer PreviewAndroid 14 Developer Preview 2Android 14 Beta 1, and Android 14 Beta 2 sequentially.

Coming to the latest update, Android 14 Beta 3 is the latest addition in the development, it comes with some new changes in accessibility features, such as non-linear scaling up to 200%, and there will be an option to give partial access to photos and videos to apps, new animation support in gesture navigation which will give you smooth expect of navigating.

Being a beta update, it will be available for those users who have already enrolled in the Android 14 beta program. In case you want to experience the update but didn’t enrol in the beta program, then you can still enroll in it through this link.

As said earlier, Google is following a roadmap of Android 14 and pushing all related updates on time, so the company is expected to release the Android 14 stable update between July and August. So it is worth knowing that the update will be available publicly for every user after the stable release.

Android 14 Beta 3 Complete Changelog:

  • Fixed issues that prevented Wi-Fi calling from being enabled for some devices and carriers. (Issue #277964472
  • Fixed an issue that caused Direct My Call interactions to fail in some cases where they would normally work. (Issue #278252154
  • Fixed system issues that caused unnecessary power consumption in some cases. 
  • Fixed system stability issues that caused UI jank in some cases. 
  • Fixed an issue that caused the system Settings app to crash while setting the wallpaper. 
  • Fixed an issue with the system UI that could cause a GPU hang, leading to “Application Not Responding” (ANR) errors. 
  • Fixed a system issue that could sometimes cause a device’s GPS services to stop working until the device was rebooted. 
  • Fixed issues with the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) that could prevent devices from being able to make Wi-Fi calls in some cases. 
  • Fixed an issue where a blank screen displays after selecting the “Message” option for a recent caller in the Google Phone app. 
  • Fixed an issue where while 3-button navigation was enabled for a device, putting Google Maps into picture-in-picture mode made the picture-in-picture window disappear. 
  • Fixed an issue where locking and unlocking a device while playing a video in the Google TV app could cause the device to freeze. 
  • Fixed an issue with Android Auto where some users could be asked to re-pair Bluetooth. 
  • Fixed issues with Health Connect, including the following issues and other API and system behaviors:
    • An issue where the system back button stopped working while Health Connect integration was in progress. 
    • An issue where the Route Permissions screen would sometimes freeze. 
    • An issue where Health Connect sometimes couldn’t be accessed in system settings. 
    • An issue where the data category page of Health Connect was missing some permission types when a filter was applied. 

Known Issues:

  • An issue with the Credential Manager platform APIs causes instability in apps that use them. A fix is available in the latest preview version of the Android 14 SDK, which developers can install using Android Studio. Developers who previously installed a preview version of the Android 14 SDK should completely uninstall the previous version and then reinstall the SDK to apply the fix. 
  • An issue with the system UI sometimes causes the screen to flicker when a video is playing or an app is using in picture-in-picture mode. 
  • In some cases, video continues playing in the background even after closing an app if the video was playing in picture-in-picture mode when it was closed. 
  • A video that is playing in picture-in-picture mode stops playing abruptly if the back gesture is used within the PiP settings screens. 
  • A system issue can sometimes cause the Android System Intelligence service to crash. 
  • When using a device with a work profile, the Google Play Store app in the work profile hangs or crashes when launched.

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Google Get Inspired By Samsung; As It Copies Secure Folder Feature Housed In Galaxy Phones

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Is Google following Samsung? With the Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1, it offers a new option for private space, which Samsung already offers with the title Secure Folder. 

Google released Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 in November 2023, which introduced a feature called ‘Private Space’ already housed in Samsung devices as Secure Folder. Since reports have been around for several days that the latest iteration of Android 15 will be dedicated to more security and will bring tons of new features to enhance users’ secure experiences,  one of the awaiting features is Private Space. 

The upcoming Private Space feature will allow the user to install the application in a separate, locked profile, which they can hide at any time. Although this feature has been in the development phase for a long time, it has not yet gone live. Let’s take a closer look. 

The new feature named ‘Lock private space automatically’ will allow users to configure the feature to automatically lock the protected space depending on one of the two sub-options they select in it, which are ‘Every time device lock’ and ‘After 5 minutes of inactivity.’ While choosing the first, the feature will lock Privact Space instantly after they lock the device. 

But here’s the catchable fact: Secure Folder, available on Galaxy devices, already offers this feature, so somewhere it seems like Google got inspired by Samsung. 

The reports are also saying that when users set up Private Space, the feature now recommends them to create a dedicated Google account for using it to’stop data appearing outside private space; for instance, ‘Synced photos, files, emails, contacts, calendar events, and other data,’ and many more. This suggestion and the option to automatically lock the protected space further enhance the privacy and security of private space. 

Upcoming Private Space will offer a redesign setup flow to deliver a better idea of the feature. Since this feature initially appeared in Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 and then Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1, it is expected that Android 15 will bring this feature to enhance the secure experience. 

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Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1 Now Available

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Google is preparing for its second-pixel drop update for this year. To develop it, the company has already started the Android 14 QPR3 Beta updates. Now,  moving forward, it has started rolling out the Beta 2.1 updates, while earlier it rolled out two more beta updates, including Beta 1 and Beta 2, which brought several fixes.

Android 14 QPR 3 2.1 beta update: What’s New

The Android 14 QPR3 beta 2.1 is now available for Pixel devices. It is carrying the firmware version number AP21.240305.005. It is still using the March 2024 patch for security, but now it is live for all the eligible Pixel devices, including the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, Pixel Fold, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro. With the latest update, several issues have been fixed, which will surely improve the overall experience of the devices.

With the latest update, there are several problems related to the UI that have been solved. This includes a launcher crash, a charging issue in the Pixel tablet, the home screen, the layout of notifications, wallpaper settings, ‘Quick tap to start actions’ gesture functionality, and many more. 

Along with this, the update changelog also shares information about the top open issues and some common issues related to the Android platform and Google apps. For more details, check out the full changelog below.

Android 14 QPR 3 Beta 2.1 changelog

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a device’s launcher to crash when trying to view recent apps. (Issue #328803294)
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented Pixel Tablet devices from charging while connected to the dock. (Issue #299800125)
  • Fixed an issue where swiping up from the bottom of the screen didn’t always return to the home screen.
  • I fixed an issue that caused the layout of notifications on the lock screen to display with additional padding.
  • Fixed various issues that were causing frequent “Application not responding” errors for both system and user apps.
  • Fixed an issue where swiping down from the top of the screen didn’t always show the notification shade.
  • Fixed an issue for Pixel Fold devices where sometimes, when the device was unfolded, only half of the inner screen displayed content.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented a user’s wallpaper settings from being backed up properly.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes stopped the “Quick Tap to Start Actions” gesture from working.
  • Fixed various other issues that were impacting system stability, performance, connectivity, interactivity, and camera

Top open issues

See Top Open Issues for the latest list of issues that have been reported by developers.

Other known issues

Based on our testing, you might encounter the following issues when using Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2.1: These issues are already known, so there’s no need to file additional reports for similar issues.

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  • An issue with sideloading the Beta 2 build can sometimes cause a device to fail to boot properly after sideloading is completed. Due to the potential disruption that this issue can cause, we’ve temporarily disabled downloads for OTA images until we can further troubleshoot the issue. To work around this issue, we recommend that developers flash a factory image to test devices instead.

Google apps

  • The Assistant The Glance widget sometimes displays weather information for the wrong location.

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Verizon rolls out One UI 6.0 and Android 14 for Galaxy Tab A7 Lite in the US

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Samsung is always ahead in terms of distributing updates, whether they are related to Android or security patches. However, it is worth noticing that the company schedules the update for older Galaxy devices late, but carefully it provides the update to each eligible device, even if it is not so popular, like when it rolled out the update for the Galaxy Tab A7 lite.

Galaxy Tab A7 Lite has already grabbed the One UI 6.0 update in several regions, including South Korea; now it is getting the update in the US. More specifically, the device is getting a new update on the Verizon network; it is coming with the firmware version number T227USQU8DXB4

The latest software update for the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite brings the One UI 6.0 update, which will improve the UI and other settings of the devices. It will ultimately enhance the overall user experience of the device, even for the existing functionalities.

In a nutshell, the One UI 6.0 will bring several features to the existing functions, including Quick Panel, Lock Screen, Home Screen, Typeface, Multitasking, Samsung Keyboard, Content Sharing, Weather, Camera, and many more. If you want to know more details, you can check out the dedicated article.

The update also brings the December 2023 security patch, which will improve the device internally. If you want to take advantage of the new update, then you should update your device to the latest version. If you are using the Verizon-locked version of the Galaxy A7 Lite, then you should start receiving the update, but if you don’t receive the update, then you have to wait for some time.


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