- Android 14 Beta 3: Wallpaper dimming saves battery, font scaling improves visibility, and enhanced transparency.
- Battery-saving wallpaper dimming in Android 14 Beta 3 extends battery life.
- Android 14 Beta 3 introduces font scaling, media permissions, and improved data-sharing transparency.
Introducing the latest release, Android 14 Beta 3, packed with exciting new features that may soon be available on all Android phones later this year. One noteworthy addition, spotted by Android Police, is a small yet impactful change to Battery Saver mode that can significantly extend your phone’s battery life.
They call it “wallpaper dimming,” and it does exactly what it suggests—it dims your wallpaper when Battery Saver is activated, while leaving your app icons and At a Glance widgets unaffected. Previously, you could only access this feature through Extreme Battery Saver, which slows down your phone and limits app usage, or the Bedtime mode in Digital Wellbeing. The impact of wallpaper dimming depends on how vibrant your wallpaper is.
Essentially, if the pixels on your home screen operate at a lower brightness than usual, it can save some power, albeit a small amount. By making the Android OS more energy efficient, this feature has the potential to extend your device’s battery life. This is quite remarkable considering that several Android phones are already known for their impressive battery performance. (Note: If you’re experiencing battery issues, you can check your Android battery health.)
Android 14 Beta 3's new Battery Saver feature could further extend battery life on Pixels https://t.co/8xKC566CHb— XDA (@xdadevelopers) June 10, 2023
Wallpaper dimming isn’t the only addition in this beta release. It also introduces default support for font scaling up to 200%. This feature allows developers to adjust their apps for better visibility, particularly for those with visual impairments, without compromising usability. Additionally, developers now have the tools to grant users permissions to their media content, a feature similar to what has been available on Apple’s iPhones since iOS 14.
Furthermore, the beta includes enhanced transparency, providing clearer insights into an app’s data-sharing practices. With Android 14 Beta 3, these new features aim to improve your phone’s battery life, enhance accessibility for users with visual impairments, and offer increased transparency regarding data-sharing practices. Stay tuned for the full release later this year, as these features may soon become available on Android devices near you!