Android 14 is the latest version of the mobile operating system developed by Google. It was announced on February 8 with SDK 34 and the internal code name Reverse Cake, following the alphabetic dessert naming convention. The published roadmap showed the timeline of developer previews, beta releases and platform stability before the final launch, some time in the fourth quarter of 2023.
As we now know, after the devastation of Google postponing the Android 14 launch event that was supposed to take place on September 5, it will now release Android 14 on October 4 during the Pixel unveiling event.
Last week, Google released the latest patch to its beta program, Android 14 Beta 5.3, which focuses mainly on bugs in the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablets. In the Forum post, he writes that preparations for the December 14th Android Quarterly Platform Release (QPR1) are on the way. Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 will be released to the public on September 18 and will include the latest improvements and bug fixes. Registered beta testers now have two paths to choose from; If you wish to continue in the beta program, you will automatically receive Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 as usual. If you want to exit the beta program and get the final stable public release, you must follow these steps to avoid data loss:
- Opt out of the program before September 18th, ignore/don’t apply the downgrade OTA update, and wait for the final public stable version of Android 14 (UP1A) to arrive soon. An OTA notification will include ‘Downgrade’ in the description. Opting out will not delete data until you apply the OTA downgrade update.
Note: If you want to immediately go back to the latest public version (Android 13), you can install the downgrade OTA update which will erase the data on your device according to the normal program instructions.
- If you opt out after September 18th and your device has already been offered the Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1 update, don’t install the update. Instead, opt out of the program first, ignore/don’t apply the downgrade OTA update and wait for the official Android 14 release to the public.
Note: If you opt out of the program after installing the QPR1 Beta 1 update, all user data on the device will be deleted according to normal program guidelines. The next opportunity to exit the beta program without wiping data will be towards the end of the Android 14 QPR1 beta cycle in December 2023.
You can Opt out of the beta program at this link. Since Android 14 will launch in less than a month, you can expect QPR1 Beta 1 and UP1A to be almost identical. So decide before it’s too late to save your data.