Google released the fourth beta version of Android 14, bringing a new feature that simplifies the unlocking process. The update primarily focuses on bug fixes, preparing for the final release of the operating system update. The latest beta version introduces an “auto-confirm unlock” feature, making it easier for users to unlock their phones with a PIN code.
In previous versions, users had to enter their PIN and then tap the “enter” button to confirm the action. However, with the fourth beta version, Google has introduced the “auto-confirm unlock” feature in the settings menu. Once users enter the correct six-digit or longer PIN, the phone will automatically unlock without the need to press the enter button.
While this feature offers convenience, Google warns that it is a “slightly less secure” unlocking method compared to having to manually confirm the action. This means that users should consider the potential trade-off between convenience and security when deciding whether to enable the auto-confirm unlock feature.
Additionally, the beta version brings other improvements. In earlier beta versions, the ring volume and notification volume sliders were linked, making it impossible to raise the ring volume without affecting the notification volume. However, in the latest update, these two controls are now fully separate, providing users with independent control over ring volume and notification volume.
Android 14 Beta 4 showcases various refinements and enhancements, including upgraded default profile pictures, better widget picker for tablets, improved support for foldable devices, and a more prominent split-screen option in the long-press menu. The update is available for download on Google phones, including Pixel 4a and newer models.
As Google prepares for the final release of Android 14, the fourth beta version brings valuable improvements, such as the auto-confirm unlock feature, that aim to enhance user experience and provide greater control over device settings. Users can look forward to these enhancements as they anticipate the official release of the Android 14 operating system update.