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First beta is here, how to install and what’s new?

Good news for curious Android users who are not developers, Google has just launched Android 14 Beta 1 which is available as a live update on Pixel smartphones.

How to install Android 14 Beta 1 on your smartphone

Compatible phones are: Google Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro. If you are a proud owner of one of these models, just go to the site Android Beta for Pixel. You must then connect your Google account to see the list of your eligible devices. Once you enroll in the beta program, you will receive an update notification directly on your phone.

Google states that this is a preliminary version that may contain “bugs and defects that may affect the proper functioning of your device.” Also note that you won’t be able to opt out and go back to a stable public version of Android without first wiping all locally saved data on your device. You have been warned.

Android 14 rollout schedule – © Google

According to Google’s schedule, this first beta of Android 14 will be followed by another in May. In June and July, the operating system will transition to a Platform Stability release (Release Candidates), before a final release is available by the end of the year.

What’s new in Android 14 Beta 1?

Back in February, we brought you the new features in Android 14 Developer Preview. Here are some other features. The gesture navigation experience now shows a more visible arrow, surrounded by the same accent color you’ve chosen for the theme or background.

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New Android 14 back arrow – © Google

Android 14 Beta 1 also brings the ability for apps to add more direct actions to the system share menu. As you can see below, the Photos app offers you to create an album or link from the share menu, without having to dig through the various options.

Improved share menu in Android 14 – © Google

Language preferences for each app have also been improved in Android 14. Launched with Android 13, it allows dynamic customization of displayed languages ​​according to apps. Virtual keyboards will also be able to recognize the language used in the running application.

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Finally, Google will limit readability to disability-focused accessibility services. In fact, some apps simply claim to help users with disabilities so that their app can gain visibility. Android 14, via Play Protect, will now ensure that apps downloaded from the Play Store actually comply with developers’ claims.