Android 14 Beta 2 announced at Google I/O 2023

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Android 14 Beta 2 has arrived. Another slice of Google’s showcase. The first developer preview of Android 14 was seen in February, and now it’s time for the second beta after the I/O 2023 event. But hold your horses, not all Pixel devices are invited to the beta party just yet. The new build is only available for those lucky Google Pixel phones from the Pixel 4a 5G up to the Pixel 7 series. Other partners in this endeavour to further develop and optimise Android 14 include iQOO, Lenovo, Nothing, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi. However, it seems that Samsung has abstained from the Android 14 beta program.

What's new in this second beta, you ask? Well, don't expect a grand parade of new features; after all, it's only been a couple of weeks since the last release. But fear not our dear Android enthusiast, there are still three shiny new features to play with. We're talking about built-in and custom predictive back animations, full-screen Intent notifications that are secure as Fort Knox, and data safety information that's more obvious than a peacock in a neon suit. Of course, there's also a pile of bug fixes because what's a beta release without squashing those pesky little bugs?

Get ready to level up your lock screen game with personalized clocks. You can now choose the font, colour, size, and design that suits your style (very iOS 16-esque). Plus, enjoy the convenience of lock screen shortcuts for quick access to your favourite activities like a flashlight, wallet, and camera functions. If you're feeling adventurous, let generative AI create unique wallpapers for you based on themes like classic art or mystical botanicals. 

In addition to the visual enhancements, Android 14 is revamping its Find My feature. Now, you can leverage the power of millions of Android devices to track down your misplaced items. Whether it's your Pixel buds or third-party trackers like Tile, finding your belongings is easier.

OnePlus also announced that Android 14 Beta 1 is now available on the OnePlus 11 5G smartphone for users.