Android 14’s fourth beta version includes an auto-confirm unlock feature – On Tuesday, Google launched Android 14 Beta 4, as the company is preparing for the final release of the operating system update. The updated version largely addresses bugs but also adds a handy feature to make unlocking easier.
In settings, the Beta 4 now has a new “auto-confirm unlock” feature that unlocks the phone immediately once you enter the right PIN of six digits or more. Previously, after entering the PIN code, you had to hit enter to confirm. Google warns in the settings section that auto-unlocking is a “slightly less secure” technique than having to confirm the process.
Previously, the Notification volume sliders and Ring volume were linked, so you couldn’t increase the ring volume without also increasing the notification volume. As Android researcher Mishaal Rahman pointed out, these two controls are now completely independent of each other due to the current update.
Other changes in Android 14 Beta 4 include updated default profile images, support for the beta version on tablets and foldable devices, a better tablet widget picker, and a more prominent placement of the split screen option in the long press menu. The new update is now available for Google phones, including the Pixel 4a and newer.
Google published the first Android 14 developer beta in March, followed by the first public beta in April. According to the company’s earlier-released plan, the new operating system would reach stability in July, with the final version following that. The stable version of Android 14 is expected to be released in August by Google.