Now we have ourselves a recent beta construct of Android, however what makes this launch so particular is that technically we’re beta testing a construct of Android 14 that’s forward of secure Android 14, which hasn’t even been launched but. This has by no means occurred within the quick time Google has been doing QPR (quarterly platform launch) builds, and actually, we’re right here for it.
There’s a good record of latest stuff to cowl, however as an alternative of regurgitating every little thing that we’re seeing, we as an alternative need to spotlight the objects that excite us. We’ve narrowed the record right down to 4 issues, every of which we predict you’ll all like too.
Right here’s what we’re liking inside Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1.
Your Pixel Telephone is Now a Webcam
As proven in our pretty header picture above, native USB webcam performance has arrived for Android. Whereas we want it got here again in 2020 when everybody was having to Zoom and Google Meet every little thing they did, it’s nonetheless higher late than by no means.
With this characteristic, you’ll be capable of merely plug your Pixel system into your laptop, then make the most of your cellphone as the pc’s webcam inside applications. There’s positively lots of background stuff that needed to occur to allow this characteristic and have or not it’s usable, so props to Google for making this work in a straightforward to make use of method.
What can I say, I’m straightforward to please. Inside QPR1 Beta 1 now we have a brand new clock fashion to your Pixel system’s lockscreen. It’s referred to as Metro and it’s sizzling.
New Battery Data Display
Within the About Telephone part in your Pixel system, you’ll now be capable of view detailed battery data that goes past the everyday cost stage and utilization statistics. With QPR1 Beta 1, inside the brand new Battery Data display, we are able to view a battery’s actual date of manufacture, in addition to the cycle depend for the battery. That’s fairly neat, as we all know some of us are fairly explicit about their battery data.
The one factor to notice right here is that, a minimum of for me, the cycle depend is reset to 0 while you first boot up Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1. For Kellen his appears to be working superb. Perhaps only a bug for me? Appears doubtless, it is a beta in any case.
Set Bluetooth Audio Gadget Kind
On QPR1 Beta 1, customers can now set precisely what sort of audio system a selected Bluetooth connection is. The choices are at the moment restricted to Speaker, Headphones, Listening to Assist, Automobile Equipment, Unknown, or Different.
The great @MishaalRahman notes that this may very well be very helpful in case your Pixel doesn’t correctly acknowledge a Bluetooth system as supporting spatial audio when certainly it does. Having handbook management over this setting might assist with that.
We’re nonetheless digging our method by means of this replace. It’s an enormous one, so if we discover extra stuff that additionally excites us, you greatest imagine we’ll let you understand about it. Have you ever found something you’re keen on but?