Google has started rolling out the Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 to Pixel phones, tablets, and foldable devices. This beta release is part of the Quarterly Platform Releases (QPR) that deliver significant changes and new features to Android users.
According to Google, QPRs are suitable for general use and are relatively stable compared to developer previews. Android 14 QPR1 is set to launch in December, and users who are already on the Beta Program for Android 14 will receive the update automatically. However, if you want to get the final stable public release of Android 14 first, you can opt out from the beta program on the Google website.
To opt out, simply visit “google.com/android/beta” and follow the instructions. You will then receive a downgrade OTA, but it is important to ignore this update as it will wipe your device and install Android 13. Keep ignoring these updates until Google announces the release of Android 14, which will have a build starting with UP1A.
The Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 comes with several resolved issues and new features. Some of the resolved issues include fixing system UI crashes after notifications, addressing device crashes, fixing freezing issues while recording videos, and resolving problems with device interaction after rebooting or system updates.
There are also a couple of known issues with this beta release, such as devices being unable to connect to cellular service after swapping SIM cards and the battery level temporarily displaying as 0% in the status bar.
One of the prominent new features in Android 14 QPR1 is the introduction of large screen user per-app overrides. This feature allows users to change the aspect ratio of apps on select large screen devices, such as Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold, through device settings. Previously, only device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) could apply overrides to selected apps, but now users have the ability to customize their app aspect ratios.
For Pixel device users who encounter any problems or want to provide feedback, the Android Beta Feedback app is available. It can be accessed from the app drawer or via Quick Settings to file bugs in the Google issue tracker. Additionally, the Android Beta community can be found on Reddit.
It’s worth noting that the Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 is available for Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. However, Pixel 4a 5G and 5 are not supported and will not be receiving the QPR1 update. The stable version of Android 14 is expected to be the last update for these devices.
To install Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1, most users will opt for the Android Beta Program. However, there are alternative methods such as flashing or sideloading the update. If you need assistance with the installation process, you can refer to a comprehensive guide provided by 9to5Google.
Overall, the release of Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 brings exciting new features and improvements to Pixel devices, offering users a glimpse into the future of Android operating systems.