- Android 14 beta versions have bugs and camera app issues.
- The camera app freezes and crashes when switching lenses on Pixel 6 and 7 devices.
- Workarounds exist, but users can revert to stable Android 13 for reliability.
Google’s latest beta version of Android 14 has some problems with bugs and features not working properly. They released a point update to fix some of these issues, and Beta 2 came with even more improvements. However, the most recent update, Android 14 Beta 2.1, still has some glitches. One of the main problems is with the Google Camera app.
After attempting to switch to A Pixel’s ultrawide lens, the camera app freezes and crashes. Even when successfully switching to the ultrawide lens, going back to the primary lens causes the app to crash. If this happens while recording a video, there might be a message saying that a part of the last recording may not have been saved. This issue affects Pixel 6 and 7 devices running Android 14 Beta 2.1.
Android 14 Beta 2.1 users are struggling to switch lenses in the Google Camera app https://t.co/Bw3mBjmxGc— Android Police (@AndroidPolice) May 29, 2023
Fortunately, there is a workaround. If you open the camera app and switch to portrait mode, then switch back to standard mode, the camera app should stop crashing when toggling between lenses. Another workaround is to take a photo using the primary lens as soon as the camera app opens, as this seems to prevent crashes when switching lenses.
Interestingly, the app doesn’t crash when you record a video with the ultrawide lens and then switch to the primary lens. If you’re tired of dealing with these issues and prefer a more reliable experience, you can exit the beta and go back to the stable version of Android 13. However, if you decide to stay, we hope that Google will fix this problem in the Camera app and release an update soon.