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Android 14 Stable update is out, check what’s new here!

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Google is rolling out a stable Android 14 update with a bundle of new features and enhancements. At the moment, the update is rolling out for Pixel devices from 4a 5G to 7a, including the Tablet and Fold.

The Android Beta Program will keep testing feature drops. Android 14 will come to Samsung, IQOO, Nothing, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, vivo, and Xiaomi later this year.

If you have Android 14 Beta 5.3, opt out first to get the stable version without wiping your device. To get it, go to Settings > System > System update and tap “Check for update.”

Google Android 14 Features

Pixel devices get a polished update with Android 14, which brings some new features and changes. Here are some of them:

Lock Screen

You can choose from eight different clock styles, including an analog Material You clock and a vertical day/date display. You can also customize the two lock screen shortcuts from a list of options, such as Camera, Flashlight, and Wallet. However, you have to touch and hold a shortcut to activate it. The lock screen also shows the day, date, and weather in one line.

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PIN entry:

When unlocking your device, you will see Material You shapes for each digit. You can also enable an option to auto-confirm your PIN without tapping ‘Enter’. This is faster but slightly less secure.

Home screen:

When you long press an app icon, you will see how the shortcuts are grouped and labeled. You can access App info, Pause app, Split screen, and Widgets more easily. The Pixel Launcher pages are marked by dots, and the widget picker is improved for tablets. You can also apply a Monochrome theme for a sleek look.

Media player:

The media player has a wave effect when you tap a button and a lava lamp effect when playing. The output switcher is better organized and shows more devices.

Quick Settings

You can tap the clock to open the alarm and use a tile to change the font size. The font scaling is nonlinear, which means larger font sizes are enlarged at a slower rate than smaller ones. You also get a new speaker icon to show when calls and notifications are muted. The ring and notification volumes are separate sliders.

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Share sheet

The share sheet is denser and has more app actions and direct share targets. You can also preview videos and multiple images in a carousel. Nearby Share is easier to access in the grid.

Charging:

When you charge your device, the battery percentage is highlighted in a corner pill. The Battery Saver icon is filled instead of outlined. You can also see your screen time since last full charge in the battery usage.

Flash notifications

You can use flash notifications to signal incoming alerts with your flashlight or screen. You can choose from 13 colors for the screen flash.

Back gesture

The back gesture has a new visual effect that animates from a circle to a pill. It also has a predictive feature that lets you preview what screen you’re going back to or if you’re going back to the homescreen.

Settings:

Some toggles in Settings have the M3 style, which is more colorful and rounded. There are also contrast options under Developer options that let you adjust the contrast level of your device.

Easter egg:

The Android 14 easter egg is a space adventure that updates daily. You can access it by tapping on the Android version and then on the logo in Settings > About phone.

Security & Privacy

The settings for security and privacy have a new shield icon and fullscreen pages with header images. You can also set your regional preferences for temperature, first day of week, and numbers. Apps will have to explain why they share your location data with third parties, and you will get a monthly summary of data-sharing updates. You can also use third-party password managers and app stores more easily with Android 14.

Health Connect

This is a new feature that is part of Android 14 and updates via Google Play System Updates. It lets you share your exercise routes via maps and log your menstrual cycles more easily.

Accessibility

There are several improvements for accessibility, such as an updated magnifier that lets you zoom in and out, change the size, and keep it on when switching apps. There is also a new hearing aid pairing process, faster access to settings, and an easy way to route audio to different outputs.

Ultra HDR and lossless audio

Android 14 supports Ultra HDR still images that offer more brightness, colors, and contrast on compatible displays. Google Photos will also support Ultra HDR for display, backup, editing, sharing, and downloading. Additionally, Android 14 supports lossless audio formats over wired USB headsets.

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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:

March 16

A new One UI 6.1 test build for the Galaxy S23 series with the suffix CXBC has been spotted. This build differs from the previous testing builds because it ends with an alphabet letter instead of a digit. Read more here…

March 8

The One UI 6.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S23 series will include a March 2024 security patch. It indicates that the company will release this update update anytime in March for Galaxy S23 models in Korea. Read more here…

February 27

A new One UI 6.1 build suggests that the testing is moving forward for the Galaxy S23 series. The firmware version is upgraded to S91xBXXU3CXBC from CXB9.

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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Google Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 rolling out

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Google has kicked off Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 for Pixel devices, which offers significant updates and fixes that enhance device performance and user experience. This update is rolling out for Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel 8, Pixel Tablet, Pixel Fold, Pixel 7a, Pixel 7Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel 6a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 5a.

Android 14 QPR3 Beta 2 update is part of Google’s Quarterly Platform Releases. It brings more substantial changes than the usual monthly patches, including UI improvements and new features that don’t require waiting for a full version release.

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The update carries the March 2024 security patch to improve system security. In addition, it addresses system stability, performance, and camera functionality, ensuring a smoother operation.

WHAT’S NEW

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a device to crash or restart unexpectedly.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a device to crash or restart unexpectedly while updating apps after the device was flashed.
  • Fixed issues that caused a device to display a blank, black screen after booting from flash.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a device to crash and display a blank, black screen after switching to a secondary user.
  • Fixed issues when always-on display mode was enabled that interfered with the “Double tap to wake” gesture and prevented the device from unlocking if the user tried to use their fingerprint to unlock the device.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused battery information to not display correctly in the system settings, status bar, and on the lock screen.
  • Fixed issues that prevented device-to-device transfers and backup and restore from working.
  • Fixed various issues that were impacting system stability, performance, and camera.

However, users have encountered issues sideloading the update on devices like the Pixel 8 Pro and Fold, with phones freezing on the Google logo post-reboot.

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Google releases Android 14 QPR2 Beta 3 for Pixel devices

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Google has released the third and likely final beta update of Android 14 QPR2 for its Pixel devices. The update brings bug fixes, stability improvements, and security patch for the beta testers.

Android 14 QPR2 Beta 3 is rolling out to Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold as well as the Android Emulator. Users can join the Android Beta Program to get the latest OTA update, which can be verified through version AP11.231215.007.

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The update includes the January 2024 security patch and fixes for various issues reported by the beta testers. Google has not confirmed the release date for the stable version of QPR2, but it is expected to be sometime in March.

Android 14 QPR2 Beta 3

What’s New

Developer- and user-reported issues

  • Fixed an issue where SPIR-V sequences of OpShiftLeft followed by OpShiftRight didn’t produce the expected results for ARM Vulkan driver versions 43.0 and 44.0.
  • Fixed issues that sometimes caused Bluetooth connections to be interrupted for some devices.
  • Fixed issues that sometimes caused a device to crash or become unresponsive after restarting.
  • Fixed issues that in some rare cases caused devices to reboot while in idle mode.
  • Fixed an issue that caused live wallpapers to stop animating.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Google Assistant from activating in some cases.

Other resolved issues

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused multi-finger gestures to stop working.
  • Fixed an issue where the device’s screen didn’t initially turn on when the screen was double-tapped or the power button was pressed.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused higher than usual CPU usage during video playback.
  • Fixed a system issue that sometimes caused poor audio quality or higher power consumption when making calls.
  • Fixed an issue where the keyboard was always shown even if the “Swipe up to start search” setting was disabled in system settings.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes when a user unlocked the device using their fingerprint, there was no haptic feedback.
  • Fixed an issue for Pixel Fold devices where sometimes after a user unlocked the device while it was folded, the inner display didn’t turn on after unfolding the device.
  • Fixed various issues that were impacting system stability, performance, connectivity, camera, and accessibility.

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