The eagerly awaited Android 14 update is about to arrive for Google’s Pixel phones, but it appears we’ll have to wait a little longer this time. The release date for the update is anticipated to be October, which is a little later than in years past.
Google has nevertheless released Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 to keep us from starving to death. A number of helpful bug fixes and intriguing new features are included in this beta version, including a clever user override setting designed specifically for large-screen devices.
A backstage pass to the Android show would be like signing up for the Android 14 QPR1 Beta program. It’s Google’s method of testing the most recent Android iterations and obtaining insightful user feedback in advance of the official public release.
The caveat, however, is that beta software isn’t always the model of stability. Along the way, there might be a few oddities, bugs, or other unanticipated hiccups. So, it might be a good idea to wait until the final, polished version of Android 14 is released if your phone is your go-to companion for important work or life tasks.
Let’s move on to the disappointing news for some Pixel users. I regret to inform you that you will not be participating in the Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 party if you are using a Pixel 4a 5G or a Pixel 5. Google still has your back, so don’t worry. You’ll continue to get stable channel updates for the Pixel 4a 5G until at least November 2023, when updates are expected to stop. However, Google has promised Pixel 5 updates through October, so you’re not completely cut off.
Here’s how to dive into Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 if you’re qualified and eager to do so. If you’re already enrolled in the beta program, go to Settings > select System > select System Update to download the update. The “Check for update” button is located there. You can start downloading and installing the update with just one quick tap.
You have the option to manually sideload the OTA (Over-The-Air) update or flash the factory images if you haven’t signed up for the beta program but still want to try out Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1. A word of warning, though: since this is a more complex procedure, it might not be the best option for beginners.
Finally, Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 is now available for Pixel devices that qualify. You can enroll in the beta program if you’re feeling daring and want to try out the newest Android features. Just keep in mind that beta software has its kinks, so proceed with caution. Have fun using Android!
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