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After two developer previews in February and March, Google today released the first beta version of Android 14. This means that even if you’re not a developer, you can now easily try out upcoming software by enrolling your compatible Pixel device on Google’s website. Android Beta.
After that, Android 14 Beta 1 will be available as an over-the-air update. It should be noted that if you are already enrolled in the Android 13 QPR Beta program with a device that is also compatible with Android 14, you will receive the update to Android 14 Beta 1 automatically without any action required. Please note that this is a beta version, so bugs and issues are inevitable.
According to Google’s release schedule, this beta will be followed by another in May. Then, starting in June, there will be two “platform stability” releases (not release candidates, but consider them as such).
Android 14 Beta 1 is here! This is the first #Android14 version that is available to users enrolled in the Android Beta! Keep an eye out for my next news thread, but first, here’s a summary of what Google announced: pic.twitter.com/FpPKmEVxiM
—Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) April 12, 2023
According to Google, the gesture navigation experience in Android 14 includes a prominent back arrow when interacting with apps to improve the understandability and usefulness of back gestures. This arrow also goes well with your device wallpaper or theme.
Apps can add custom actions to the system share sheets they invoke, and the system uses further app signals to classify direct sharing targets. Hopefully this means that future direct action targets will be more successful than unsuccessful.
Per-app language preferences, introduced in Android 13, have been enhanced in Android 14, allowing dynamic customization of the set of languages displayed in the per-app language list. The keyboards will also know the current app’s UI language, presumably so they can do some automatic input language switching if they want.
Finally, accessibility services will not be visible unless they claim to help users with disabilities (and Google Play Protect will verify these claims for apps in the Play Store).
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