As reported earlier, Android 14 is now available for several Pixel smartphones. According to the timeline put forth by Google, the Android 14 public beta has arrived for Pixel 4a and above. Check out what’s new and download Android 14 beta 1 for Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro, as well as the Android Emulator
The latest Android 14 is out of developer preview. That means we will soon see Generic System Images (GSI) which can be installed on all Android devices with Project Treble support; meaning most modern devices.
As for what’s new, the first beta may feature Smarter System UI tentpole. Android 14 is adding support for generating Material You dynamic themes that take into account higher contrast levels.
It also features a more prominent back arrow as seen in the Developer Preview 2. Other changes are the same ad DP2.
- Grant partial access to photos and videos
- Detect when users take device screenshots
- Changes to how users experience non-dismissable notifications
- Regional preferences
- Apps can kill only their own background processes
- Media owner package names might be redacted
- Additional restrictions on starting activities from the background
- Improvements for app stores
Apart from this, users have found the following features:
The new back gesture arrow icon and improved Predictive back gesture are now enabled by default.
Media player widget on lockscreen and notification panel got new shimmering wave effects + tapping effect.
Flash the camera light or the screen when you receive notifications or when alarm sound.
New monochrome color palette, Clock settings and full-screen wallpaper setting UI.
Wallpaper and Style has a new monochrome palette with a black and white icon in the basic colors set.
Android 14 also allows you to create an emoji wallpaper on your Pixel.
A new “Emoji Wallpaper” app has been discovered under /product. When enabled through the debug flag, a new “Emoji Lab” set will appear in the wallpaper list. Clicking on it will open a page that allowed you to create new wallpapers with different emojis.
You can choose up to 14 emoji to be included in the custom wallpaper, choose one of the patterns: “Mosaic”, “Lotus”, “Stacks”, “Placer”, “Prism”; and choose one of the colors. It is also possible to choose a random set.
Pixel Launcher works on updating the app shortcuts popup window.
Google is working on an update to the design of the window that appears when you hold down an app icon. It’s now two solid containers: one for app shortcuts, the other for everything else.
In addition, the parallel bars on the right side, signaling that an object can be dragged, are gone, but the functionality itself remains. It is worth assuming that the design is not yet complete.
This change is hidden behind the developer flag
Unfortunately, the Google Pixel 4 XL/4, Pixel 3 series, Pixel 2 series and the OG Pixel will not receive any further Android OS updates as they are officially out of life support.
However, the good news is Android GSI will be available once the Beta is released next month. You can test Android 14 on almost any new Android devcie supporting Project Treble.
Read what’s new in Android 14 DP2 here.
Android 14 release timeline
Download Android 14 Beta
The easiest way to get Android 14 beta is to Register for Android beta testing on your Pixel Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro.
You can also download the full Factory Images listed below and install them via the new Android Flash Tool portal. Simply sign in with your Google Account associated with your Pixel phone and follow the instructions.
You will need to enable USB Debugging (ADB access) and OEM Unlocking before flashing the Android beta 1.
Flashing Factory Images or flashing OTA files from Android 13 is another way to upgrade.
- Register for Android beta testing
- Android Flash Tool Files (Install)
- Factory Image Files (Downloads)
- Apply OTA images (Downloads)
- Android Beta Program (registration)
- Installation Instructions (Install)
- Download Android 14 GSI (Generic System Image)
Download OTA Updates
|Pixel 4a (5G)||bramble_beta-ota-upb1.230309.014-d4ace84c.zip|
|Pixel 6 (Verizon only)||oriole_beta-ota-upb1.230309.014.a1-01bd5734.zip|
|Pixel 6 Pro||raven_beta-ota-upb1.230309.014-964fbbe0.zip|
|Pixel 6 Pro (Verizon only)||raven_beta-ota-upb1.230309.014.a1-44721801.zip|
|Pixel 6a (Verizon only)||bluejay_beta-ota-upb1.230309.014.a1-b489c8f4.zip|
|Pixel 7 Pro||cheetah_beta-ota-upb1.230309.014-22134cc4.zip|
Download Factory Images
|Pixel 4a (5G)||bramble_beta-upp2.230217.004-factory-8afe50ff.zip|
|Pixel 6 Pro||raven_beta-upp2.230217.004-factory-638d3074.zip|
|Pixel 7 Pro||cheetah_beta-upp2.230217.004-factory-d601ddfb.zip|
These images provide a strict 64-bit-only environment for testing 64-bit app compatibility. These 64-bit-only configurations are for developer use only.
|Pixel 4a (5G)||bramble_beta_64-upp2.230217.004-factory-d4b334fa.zip|
|Pixel 6 Pro||raven_beta_64-upp2.230217.004-factory-66f2cea1.zip|
Android 14 GSIs
Date: April 12, 2023 Build: UPB1.230309.014 Build type: experimental Security patch level: April 2023 Google Play Services: 23.09.12
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