The smartphone industry is evolving at an unprecedented level, with software updates being a vital aspect of user experience. Every year, Android users do eagerly await the new release of the latest operating system versions to enjoy new features and enhancements such as improvements to security, privacy, system UI, camera, media, developer productivity and many more.
Early this year, Google released the first Developer Preview for Android 14, the next big Android release, and then followed by multiple Developer Preview updates. This month at its annual developer conference, Google I/O, the Internet giant, released the second public Beta version of Android 14, and of course, there were several other Android phone manufacturers onboard with Google who made the beta version of Android 14 updates for their smartphones. These smartphone manufacturers dish out these Android beta versions so that their users can participate in testing and provide valuable feedback.
List of Android smartphones that you can get the Android 14 Beta on:
- OnePlus 11
- Oppo Find N2 Flip
- Vivo X90 Pro
- iQOO 11
- Realme GT 2 Pro
- Xiaomi 13 Pro, Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 12T
- Nothing Phone (1)
- Lenovo Tab Extreme
- Tecno Camon Series: Camon 20, 20 Pro, 20 Premiere
- Google Pixel: Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, 5a (5G), Pixel 6a, 6 & 6 Pro, and Pixel 7 & 7 Pro
If you take a look at the above list, you will see that Infinix is noticeably missing. However, other Android OEMs such as Nokia, Samsung, ASUS, SHARP, and ZTE are conspicuously missing from the list too. But then, reports say Samsung and Nokia are already working on an Android 14 beta release within a few months.
So what’s the reason behind Infinix’s decision not to release an Android 14 beta version? First, let’s look at the significance of beta testing.
Update: We have made a compilation that has the Infinix Android 14 update list. You can check out the list to see if your Infinix phone is eligible to receive the Android 14 or XOS 14 update.
Android 14 Developer Preview
Google follows a similar roadmap before releasing a new Android operating system. At the beginning of every year, the Internet giant releases several beta versions of its next operating system to give Android users a sneak peek into upcoming features. This way, Google and other Android phone manufacturers get to involve Android phone users in the development process by identifying and rectifying potential glitches and bugs before the final release date.
This process helps ensure that Android 14 is well-refined and offers a seamless experience before it goes out to the general public.
The Infinix smartphone maker we know
Infinix is a brand known for its affordable and feature-rich smartphones. Over the years, the company has consistently provided Android software updates and security patches, thus building a loyal user base across Africa, Asia and Europe. But then, the company hasn’t followed the line of other Android smartphone manufacturers.
Possible Reasons Why Android 14 Beta Isn’t Available for Infinix Smartphones
Stability is Priority: Infinix prioritises stability and user experience, so it focuses its energy on thorough internal testing before the rollout of any version of Android 14 beta. As seen this year, most Android OEMs offer the Android beta update on the first release day, offering a trimmed version of the software that lacks much functionality. For example, Nothing’s Android 14 Beta release renders the fingerprint reader and Face unlock unusable, has no support for the Glyp interface and several other features on the phone doesn’t work. In fact, the operating system lacks support for Nothing’s stock apps! In other words, the update renders the phone almost unusable.
Resource Allocation: A large number of resources are required, including a dedicated team of developers, testers, and support staff, when developing and maintaining beta versions of an operating system. However, Infinix may have decided to channel those resources into other aspects of the software development, which will help optimise existing features and the timely release of the OS.
Stable release: Infinix smartphones come with a custom user interface layer, such as XOS or XUI. Instead of trying to develop a beta version with the latest Android OS and XOS, which isn’t guaranteed to be bug-free and seamless, Infinix prioritises a stable and well-polished Android 14 release.
So Infinix might not be among other Android OEMs offering the Android 14 Beta update, be rest assured that its update will be feature-packed, and you won’t feel like you’ve missed a thing. That is all we know for now.