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Android 14 Beta 5 gives final touches to development: What’s new

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After the release of Android 14’s fourth beta last month by Google, it was expected that the next update would be the public version, but now the Android giant has come with one more beta update that comes with some more improvements.

However, the latest beta update doesn’t bring new features, but it is full of fixes. Users who own Pixel devices can now install the update. It is worth noticing that not all the Pixel devices are eligible for the update; if you have a Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5G, Pixel 6 (6, 6 Pro, and 6a), and the Pixel 7 series (7), it is being done. 7 Pro, and 7A).

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The new beta update is meant to give the final touches to the Android 14 developments. Earlier,  as per Google’s official Android 14 development image, it wasn’t mentioned about the August update; however, we hope the next update should be the public one.

Apart from the bug fixes, the update also brought a new August 2023 security patch for the Pixel devices with firmware version UPB5.230623.003. The latest patch will enhance the overall security of the devices.

You can easily install the latest beta update on the above-mentioned devices and on two new Pixel devices, including the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet. The update will be available only for those users who have already enrolled in the Android beta program. If you are one of those who haven’t enrolled your device in the program, you can still enroll it and grab the update by signing up for the Android beta program.

Here are the all-new fixes coming with Android 14’s fifth beta update

  • Fixed an issue where after unlocking a device using a PIN, TalkBack provides incorrect audio.
  • Fixed an issue where Wi-Fi scanning was consuming too much battery.
  • Fixed an issue where some pictures would glitch with extra shadow blocks.
  • Fixed an issue where in some cases, the fingerprint sensor icon wouldn’t appear as expected.
  • Fixed an issue where voice over Wi-Fi wasn’t enabled by default.
  • Fixed an issue on Pixel Fold devices where the device loses antenna ranging session information and cannot recover it.
  • Fixed an issue where an extraneous white bar would appear in some apps.
  • Fixed a background color issue with the UI used to add a shortcut to the home screen.
  • Fixed a launcher issue that was causing frequent crashes and other quality issues.
  • Fixed an issue on Pixel tablets where user interaction during the transition from screen saver to low-light clock causes a SysUI crash.
  • Fixed a Pixel Fold issue where tapping would fail to wake the device.
  • Fixed a Pixel Fold issue where the system buttons would have inconsistent positions after folding and unfolding.
  • Fixed an issue causing SysUI crashes when removing an app pair in landscape.
  • Fixed an issue the launcher doesn’t fully render after setup.
  • Fixed an issue where the system displayed an incorrect mobile connection type.
  • Fixed an issue where navigating back to exit an app leads to users no longer being able to open the app.
  • Fixed an issue where wallpaper previews were sometimes blank.
  • Fixed an issue where the system theme changes from yellow to pink after rebooting.
  • Fixed an overscroll issue with ScrollView.
  • Fixed an issue where certain color palettes were difficult to see when the lock screen was activated.
  • Fixed an issue where users couldn’t enable battery sharing if a work profile exists on the device.
  • Fixed an issue where a tablet screen inappropriately turns off when docked.
  • Fixed an issue where the device policy manager was preventing notifications from appearing.
  • Fixed an issue where group notifications couldn’t be expanded.
  • Fixed an issue where the lockscreen didn’t properly display the clock.
  • Fixed various camera issues that were causing crashes and reductions in quality.
  • Fixed an issue with power consumption during video playback.
  • Fixed a Weather clock rendering issue.
  • Fixed an issue where the lock screen customization preview didn’t match the end result.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the wallpaper selection screen to crash.
  • Fixed an issue where Pixel devices weren’t connecting with some routers.
  • Fixed a toast search result issue where the color was too similar with the background color.
  • Fixed an issue where tapping a notification before using facial unlock does not open the notification.
  • Fixed an issue on Pixel Fold where two clocks were displayed at the same time when in widescreen.
  • Fixed an issue where widgets would overlap and stack incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where closing the PiP window doesn’t stop YouTube playback.
  • Fixed an issue with switching call audio sources.
  • Fixed an issue where after unlocking a device, only the background appears.
  • Fixed an issue with dragging folders to remove them.

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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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