Have you heard about Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1.1? If you love Android development, then you surely have. This new version is full of exciting features and improvements to take your Android experience to the next level. Today, I’ll give you my first impressions of Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1.1. From the latest design to the amazing improvements. we’ll cover it all. So, buckle up and get ready to dive into Android’s latest beta version!

Expanding on the first launch of Android 14, Google continues to update the platform with fixes and improvements that are then rolled out to supported devices. Quarterly Platform Releases (QPRs) are rolled out every quarter, and distributed to AOSP and Google Pixel devices. While these updates don’t bring changes that affect apps and API. Android offers beta builds of the latest QPR versions. This allows you to test your app with these builds, especially if there are upcoming features that could impact the user experience.

The Android 14 QPR1 Beta was released on September 18, 2023, and the final stable version was released on October 4, 2023.

Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1.1 

Unlike developer previews and betas for unreleased, major versions of Android, Android 14 QPR2 builds are suitable for general use. It is recommended, however, that users review the known issues listed in the release notes. Android 14 QPR2 builds on the updates in Android 14 and Android 14 QPR1. This release includes bug fixes and enhancements to bolster both stability and performance.

Google surprised us with the launch of Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 in mid-November, while the QPR1 beta is still in full swing. Android 14 QPR2 adds features such as a new splash screen that shows up after rebooting to apply an update, tweaks to the notification settings popup, and the ability to pick your pronouns.

In Android Beta releases before Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1, issues arose wherein after a system update, certain apps would be removed and prevented from being reinstalled. It stops the affected apps from being installed.

Beta 1.1 of Android 14 came to fix this problem, as well as other issues affecting system stability, performance, and connectivity. This includes addressing the problem that causes the Settings app to crash when dealing with Bluetooth settings after pairing a device.

The Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1.1 is now accessible for Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, Pixel Fold, and the Android Emulator.

QPR1 Beta 2 And QPR2 Beta 1

Instead of QPR1 Beta 3, Google has already moved on to Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1, which was released on November 15, 2023, for Pixel phones, tablets, and Fold.QPR1 is expected to launch in December, but Google is already starting the next quarterly cycle. QPR2 should hit stable in March 2024. The build numbers released today are as follows:

Google has noted that this update carries a build number of AP11.231020.013/.013.A1/.014 on eligible devices, which include Pixel phones and tablets from the 5a through the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet. However, the update appears to be delayed for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, as factory images have yet to be released for these models.

This early release by Google is intriguing, and it’s worth examining the new features that this update might include. One notable addition is the ability to override an app’s aspect ratio, which is aimed at large-screen devices like the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet. This feature lets users force apps like Instagram and Reddit into full-screen mode, even if the app does not normally support this.

Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 Fixes 

This update to Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1 includes the following fixes:

Addressed an issue wherein certain apps were occasionally uninstalled following a system update, subsequently preventing their reinstallation. In some instances, impacted apps were unable to be installed on a device even if they had not been previously installed.

Additionally, resolved various issues affecting system stability, performance, and connectivity. All devices eligible for participation in the Android Beta for Pixel program will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to Beta 1.1.

In Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1.1, you’ll find a set of fine-tunings, including bug fixes and performance boosts. It’s worth mentioning that Android 14 doesn’t come with major changes in features as earlier versions, such as Android 12, which brought a whole new design language. However, there are still several features and design tweaks worth exploring.

Overriding an app’s aspect ratio:

 This feature, aimed at large-screen devices like the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet, allows users to override an app’s aspect ratio and force it into full-screen mode, even for apps like Instagram and Reddit.

Revamp of Android’s chat bubbles feature:

 Google is preparing a revamp of the chat bubbles feature for large-screen devices. A new bubble bar will appear at the bottom right, housing your chat bubbles. However, the specific design of the bubble bar is yet to be revealed.

Instant hotspot: 

This feature is believed to enhance the existing hotspot feature of Chromebooks’ Phone Hub. It’s worth noting that these features might vary in their availability across different devices and regions.