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Android 14 Beta 1 announced with UI and graphics upgrades

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Google has just announced the Android 14 Beta 1 for Pixel smartphones with System UI upgrades and Graphics capabilities. Starting today, Pixel owners can download and enjoy the new OS version ahead of its Stable release, which is expected in August.

According to the info, Google’s Android 14 Beta 1 comes with three noticeable features including more helpful system UI, data transparency, and graphics capabilities. For Samsung, this release is not directly beneficial but begins the journey towards One UI 6.

Apart from this, Android 14’s user interface changes include a new back arrow, improved share sheet, and system UI renovation. The latest version focuses more on consumers’ data privacy by increasing the transparency of access through Beta 1.

Beta 1 brings new back arrow, which follows the home/lock screen wallpaper (color palette) for more optimized appearance. Secondly, Google sufficiently worked on improving the design of share sheet as apps can now add custom actions to system share sheets.

Talking about personalization, Android 14 improves the per-app language preferences and lets apps detect the UI language of the current app. As part of enhancing privacy, Android 14 appears to be limiting visibility to disability-focused accessibility services.

Stable Release?

Google first introduced the Android 14 OS on Developer Preview 1 on February 8, followed by DP2 on March 8. According to schedule, the first Beta is released in April 2023, hinting at official rollout by August, similar to the last year’s rollout.

As soon as Google seeds Android 14 OS to Stable channel, Samsung will begin the One UI 6 Beta program for Galaxy devices. The Galaxy S23 series will be the initial receiver of the new OS version sometime in mid-August, however Stable release is expected later this year.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S23 One UI 6.1 (Android 14) Update Status, Progress and Features

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Samsung Galaxy S23 series came pre-installed with Android 13-based One UI 5.1 software. After getting the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update last year, One UI 6.1 will soon be rolled out to these Samsung flagships, and if you own a Galaxy S23 series model, should bookmark this tracker for the latest insights.

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One UI 6.1, which is also based on Android 14 was first unveiled on January 17, 2024, while Samsung is already testing the build internally. One UI 6.0 brought a major user interface overhaul, however, the next incremental upgrade aims to install AI features.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Android 14 Update Tracker

Note: We will add or remove entries to provide useful insights only.

One UI 6.1 (Android 14) News:

February 21

Samsung announces the global expansion of mobile AI by enabling users to experience Galaxy AI on previous devices. One UI 6.1 update will be rolled out for the Samsung Galaxy S23 series from the end of March.

February 17

One UI 6.1 testing is underway for the Galaxy S23 series with firmware version S918BXXU3CXB5, which is upgraded from CXB4. The testing is going on in India and Europe, suggesting that the update is close to being released.

February 11

Samsung Galaxy S23 series starts getting the February 2024 security update in the US. For the S23 series, the One UI 6.1 comes a step closer, following the Feb patch release.

February 6

One UI 6.1 testing is underway for the Galaxy S23 series with firmware versions mentioned below.

  • India, the Middle East, and Europe – S91xBXXU3CXB1
  • Korea – S91xNKSU2CXB1

February 4

Samsung Galaxy S23 series is said to receive One UI 6.1 update after the February 2024 security patch deployment.

 

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One UI 6.0 Updates –

November 10

Samsung finally rolled out Stable One UI 6.0 update to Galaxy S23 series – carrier-locked and unlocked models in the US.

October 30

Samsung started rolling out the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update to the Galaxy S23 series in several markets including Europe and Asia.

August 10

Samsung started Android 14 Beta for Galaxy S23 series in early August. The Beta program will be available in seven countries like last year, meanwhile, Beta 1 is available in just three markets including the US, Germany, and South Korea.

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Android 15 may speed up webpages loading for apps

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Android 15 is the upcoming major update, which will bring new features and some significant improvements over the current version. One of the changes that Android 15 could introduce is the ability to pin Android System WebView into memory, which could speed up the browsing experience.

Android System WebView is a part that allows apps to display web content without opening a separate browser app. Many apps use WebView to access various features, such as showing login screens, help pages, or full articles.

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WebView is based on the same code as Google Chrome, but it is updated separately. To save space on the device, Google created a shared library called Trichrome.

According to information (via AndroidPolice), Google may pin the base APK of the trichrome library to memory with Android 15, which means it will not be removed from memory when the user opens a big-size app. This could reduce the loading time of web pages and make the browsing experience smoother.

The feature is currently enabled in Android 15 Developer Preview 1, but it may change or be removed in future versions. Android 15 is expected to be released later this year, with new features and improvements for Android users.

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Google temporarily stops Android 15 DP1 downloads amid device corruption bug

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Last week, Google rolled out the first developer preview of its next version operating system – Android 15, and the firm now temporarily stopped DP1 downloads amid a device corruption bug. However, this news may disappoint users who were all set to try the new offerings.

According to the details, Google states on its Android Developers page that we’ve temporarily disabled downloads for Android 15 DP1 OTA images. The reason for this abrupt pause happens to be a known issue that shows a Device is corrupted message, which occurs when sideloading OTA images.

However, an issue with sideloading the Developer Preview 1 build can sometimes cause users in trouble, so to maintain reliability, Google pauses the downloads of Android 15 first developer preview until the firm can further troubleshoot the issue.

To work around this issue, Google recommends developers flash a factory image to test devices instead. Simultaneously, this news primarily impacts developers, as this is an early build, and probably not even that much since developers would probably end up flashing their devices anyway.

However, currently, there’s no information available on when the issue will be resolved and downloads will resume, so all you can do is wait, because it’s better to be late than corrupted.

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