The first beta of Android 14 should arrive in April
Google has updated its Android beta program site with some juicy information
It seems like only yesterday that the first developer preview of Android 13 hit the web. Now that we’ve had a few weeks with a stable release, it’s time to start looking forward to what’s next from Google. Although we’ve known that the Android 13 beta program has been reportedly going on for some time now, we’re finally getting details on what that program will entail – as well as a hint at when Android 14 might be ready for testers.
As spotted by 9to5Googlethe Android beta program page has been updated to include more details on upcoming releases, supported devices, and more. There’s not a whole lot of hard data from here, especially when it comes to Android 14, but it does offer some release windows that should be of interest to anyone who likes to install updates first.
First, Android 13’s quarterly platform release schedule begins in September with QPR Beta 1. This news isn’t fresh – we’ve known for two weeks now that Google intended to start testing its next Drop feature just as the leaves start to turn. It’s unclear what QPR1 will contain, but if the time is right, expect to see a stable release in December.
We already know there won’t be an Android 13L situation this year, but that doesn’t mean Google isn’t changing its QPR update schedule. Google now says it will move to the Android 14 beta after March 2023, suggesting our first non-developer preview will arrive in April. Expect just two QPR betas next year instead of the three we saw in 2022.
There are also a few changes to the Android beta program as a whole. Google now says anyone running a developer preview before the first beta of Android 14 arrives should upgrade to a stable build before signing up for the program. In another section of the FAQ, however, Google states that a user may experience difficulty joining the beta program if their developer preview does not match the version of the platform they are trying to join. These seem to contradict each other – it looks like you can join the beta program as long as you’re running the relevant developer preview, while another FAQ section specifically says you’ll need to be on a public build to join.
Finally, Google removed the list of compatible devices from the site. Instead, you’ll have to rely on the phones connected to your account to see what’s supported and what’s not.
As for when the developer preview starts, it’s usually a few months before the beta period. If the first Android 14 beta is on track for April, look for early previews from January or February.