- Google releases Android 14 Beta 5.1, addressing Pixel device issues with bug fixes and improvements.
- A notable fix includes disabling the problematic feather-themed live wallpaper on Pixel Fold temporarily.
- Fixes for SIM card detection, 5G connection, and blank home screen issues enhance user experience.
Google just unveiled Android 14 Beta 5.1, the most current incremental upgrade of its Android operating system.
This update is primarily concerned with fixing issues that are currently plaguing Pixel devices and enhancing user experience with bug fixes and enhancements.
This update, which is now available for Pixel 4a 5G and subsequent devices, including the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet, fixes a number of user-reported bugs.
Beta 5.1’s fix of a recurring issue related to the Pixel Fold’s feather-themed live wallpaper is a noteworthy feature.
On some devices, this specific wallpaper had been creating performance issues. To solve this, Google decided to temporarily disable the live wallpaper with a feather design until the underlying problems have been fully fixed; after that, it will be enabled again.
The Beta 5.1 version also includes the following notable bug fixes:
- Fix for SIM Card Detection: One of the major problems fixed in this release relates to devices having trouble identifying SIM cards. Particularly when Fixed Dialing Number (FDN) features were activated, this was seen. With this patch, the system ought to now consistently identify SIM cards going forward.
- Fix for 5G Standalone connection: The upgrade addresses connection issues that afflicted carriers using 5G Standalone (SA) mode on devices. To guarantee impacted customers’ continued connectivity, this problem has been fixed.
- Fix for Blank Home Screen: After unlocking, devices may have a blank home screen, which is another troublesome situation that Beta 5.1 fixes. Users should no longer experience this annoying event after the upgrade, with home screens displaying properly.
Although the Android 14 Beta 5.1 may appear to be a small update, people who have been struggling with the problems mentioned above should take note of its significance.
The update will be automatically delivered to your device if you’re a member of the Android Beta Program. You may manually download the update from the official Android Developers website if you are not registered, though.
It’s important to be aware of the potential hazards before deciding to install Android 14 because it is still in the beta stage.
By its very nature, beta software may have bugs and other unpleasant surprises. Thus, it is advised to use caution.
An alternative for users who aren’t sure whether to install Android 14 Beta 5.1 is to hold off until the stable release.
The stable version, which provides a more polished and dependable experience, is planned to be released in the following weeks.
Additional information regarding the Android 14 Beta 5.1 upgrade is provided below:
- The version number for the upgrade is UPB5.230623.005.
- The August 2023 security patch level is still in effect.
- The update’s file is about 25MB in size.
- The Android Beta Program’s Pixel devices are presently receiving the update.
- Be aware that it can take a few days for the update distribution to reach all qualified devices.