After two developer preview releases in February and March, Google has officially launched the first public beta version of Android 14. This means that you can easily test the new features if you have a compatible device.
The following phones are compatible: Google Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. If you own one of these models, simply go to the “Android Beta for Pixel” website, sign in with your Google account, and you will see a list of suitable devices. Once you register for the beta program, you will receive a notification for the update directly on your phone.
Google notes that this is a preview version that may contain “errors and defects that could affect the normal operation of your device.” Keep in mind that you will not be able to unsubscribe and return to the stable public version of Android without first deleting all locally stored data on your device.
According to Google’s schedule, another beta version of Android 14 will follow in May. In June and July, the OS will move to the platform stability level (Release Candidates), and the final version will be available by the end of the year.
New Features in Android 14 Beta 1
Navigation gestures now display a more noticeable arrow, surrounded by the same color you chose for your theme or wallpaper. Android 14 Beta 1 also allows apps to add more direct actions to the system-wide access menu. Language preferences for each app have also been improved, allowing for dynamic language customization. Virtual keyboards will now recognize the language used in the current app. Additionally, Google will limit the accessibility features of services that are aimed at people with disabilities. Finally, Android 14 through Play Protect will guarantee that apps downloaded from the Play Store meet developer requirements.