Google has released the Android 14 Beta 3, which will see the upcoming operating system achieve what Google calls “platform stability”. Platform stability means that the developer APIs and all app-related behaviors in the operating system are now final and will not change until the mass-market release. App developers, on the other hand, can start integrating the new functions into their apps.
With this release, Android supports font scaling of up to 200% by default to provide additional accessibility options for visually impaired users. You can also limit app access to the media library when an app requests one of the visual media permissions introduced in Android 13. There are also updates to the OpenJDK core libraries and security changes related to app intents.
Android 14 Beta 3 brings new stylus features
Also, several developers have already found a number of stylus-specific settings in Android 14 Beta 3. The stylus integration could hint at Google’s plans for the Pixel Tablet. However, upcoming features of the Google Pixel Fold are also possible.
The code in Beta 3 reveals that the software will be able to recognize the different buttons on a pen and assign different functions to them. There is one line of code for the primary button (the one closest to the tip), a second button, a third button, and a back button. You can also set the software to ignore pen button presses.
Those who are already registered for the beta program will receive Android 14 Beta 3 as an over-the-air update. If you are not yet registered, you can register here with an authorized device. By the way, this is also the first Android 14 version that you can try with the new Google Pixel 7a. Next up is the final beta in July and sometime after that the final release. Google has not yet committed to a specific launch month. But using last year as a reference, an August date seems likely.