It wouldn’t be Google I/O without a new build of Android for Pixel phone owners to test. And right on schedule, Google gave us Android 14 Beta 2. While we’ll flash it with you now, I’d recommend everyone on beta 1 or beta 1.1 jump into it quickly – that first beta sure was buggy.
Android 14 Beta 2 Release Info
Release Date: May 10, 2023
- Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a devices using Verizon as their carrier: UPB2.230407.014.A1
- All other devices: UPB2.230407.014
Emulator support x86 (64-bit), ARM (v8-A)
Security patch level:
- Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a devices using Verizon as their carrier: April 2023
- All other devices: May 2023
How to get Android 14 Beta 2 on your Pixel
With Google opening up Android 14 in the beta program for Beta 1 a few weeks ago, they’re basically saying it should be stable enough for everyday users, assuming users are willing to accept that some items might break. For beta 1, there were a lot of breaks and Google had to issue a 1.1 hotfix to address many of them. In most cases though, it should ensure that it’s more stable than a developer preview and that Google thinks you can run it.
Available for Android 14 beta 2:
- Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 5 and 5a
- Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
- Pixel 6a
- Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
- Pixel 7a (Maybe too soon?)
easy road: If you own one of these devices, the easiest way to get Android 14 Beta 2 on the device is to sign-up for the Android Beta Program (here). You’ll click the “opt in” button on that page to join, and then sit back and wait for Google to push an update as Android 14 is over-the-air.
Once you’re enrolled, you’ll go to Settings>System>Advanced>System Update. Google may not push it immediately and instead roll it out slowly throughout the day. Either way, feel free to check there to let Google know you want it after enrolling in the program.
manual way: Want to get updates faster or flash a factory image or OTA file via adb to feel more techie and important and smart? That is still an option! I’m going the OTA route, but factory images are also available. You can find the Android 14 Beta 2 factory image and OTA files here. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, you go here. For instructions on how to flash an OTA .zip file, you go here.
Already in an Android 14 beta build: If you’re already on an Android 14 beta build, Google says you’ll get the over-the-air beta 2 update. Of course, you can also flash a factory image or OTA file manually, since the over-the-air process often takes time to process.
Time to update to the latest Android 14!
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