Google released Android 14 Beta 4 on Tuesday as the company prepares for the final release of the operating system update.
The new version mostly includes bug fixes, but it also introduces a nifty feature to make unlocking easier.
Beta 4 has a new “auto-confirm unlock” feature in settings, which automatically unlocks your phone when you enter the correct PIN of six digits or more.
Previously, you had to tap “enter” to confirm after entering your PIN code.
Google warns in the settings menu that auto-unlocking is a “slightly less secure” method than having to confirm the action.
In earlier beta versions, the ring volume and notification volume sliders were linked together, so you couldn’t raise the ring volume without also raising the notification volume. However, in the latest update, these two controls are now fully separate.
Other improvements in Android 14 Beta 4 include new default profile pictures, support for the beta version on tablets and foldable, a better widget picker for tablets, and a more prominent placement of the split-screen option in the long-press menu.
The new update is available to download immediately for Google phones, including the Pixel 4a and newer. Google released the first developer beta for Android 14 in March and the first public beta in April.
According to the timetable released by the company earlier this year, the new operating system will reach stability in July, with the final version coming out after that. It is likely that the search giant will release the stable version of Android 14 in August.