Google has released the Android 14 Developer Preview 2 for Android developers. This version is only for developers so they can make necessary changes in their apps for compatibility with the next Android build due to release next month. The next beta program for Android build will be initiated with this release.
Changes in Android 14 Developer Preview 2
Android Police reports that the Android 14 Developer Preview 2 has included some changes. Users will now be prompted by a pop-up when apps ask for permission to access photos or videos stored on their device. They can choose to allow access to all photos, selected photos, or deny access to photos. However, apps are restricted in what they can do in the background to improve battery life for Android users.
Photo Picker Pop-up
A photo picker pop-up appears in Android 14 DP2 when an app is requesting access to photos or videos stored on a device. Users can choose to allow or deny access to photos depending on their preference.
Alternative Passwords and Limited Notifications
The new version allows users to sign into apps and websites with password alternatives such as passkeys. Notifications that are non-dismissible will be limited to those that are important for device functionality. Android device owners can avoid making changes to the first day of the week and certain numerical systems on an app-by-app basis.
A new page is added in Android 14 DP2 that allows users to set preferences based on location. They can choose between seeing temperatures in Celsius or Fahrenheit and customize which day to consider as the first day of the week.
The Android 14 Developer Preview 2 is available for the following Pixel models: Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. However, it is recommended that average smartphone users avoid this version and wait for the Platform Stability update expected in June. At Platform Stability, developers assume that there will be no more changes impacting their apps although there is no guarantee that installing the Android 14 beta with Platform Stability won’t cause any issues.