Android 12 Beta 4.1 drops as we get one step closer to the Release Candidate


It’s been two weeks since the last Android 12 Beta was released, and today we’re getting Android 12 Beta 4.1. As has been the case with these “point” releases, this is primarily focused on providing bug fixes that have been plaguing users. The biggest of which has been the inability for VPNs to connect when using them on an Android 12 device.

Release date: August 25, 2021
Build: SPB4.210715.014
Emulator support: x86 (64-bit), ARM (v8-A)
Security patch level: August 2021
Google Play services: 21.24.18
API 30 > API 31

Other bug fixes included in this release are an issue where heads-up notifications were not working properly, along with fixing Face Unlock for those devices. Here’s the entire changelog for Android 12 Beta 4.1:

Android 12 Beta 4.1 (August 2021)

If you’re already running a Developer Preview or Beta build, you will automatically receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to Beta 4.1.

This minor update to Android 12 Beta 4 includes the following fixes:

  • Fixed an issue that caused some devices to get stuck in a boot loop after restarting the device. (Issue #193789343)
  • Fixed an issue where heads-up notifications were sometimes not shown, requiring the user to swipe into the notification drawer to view them. (Issue #196264672)
  • Fixed an issue where the device volume controls sometimes did not work when casting. (Issue #196528545)
  • Fixed an issue where Face Unlock did not work on some devices. (Issue #189819846)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from granting the Nearby Devices permission to the Phone app in settings. Users who are experiencing a crash loop with the Phone app when trying to make a call over Bluetooth can now grant the required permission. To do this, long press the Phone app and tap App info, then go to Permissions > Nearby devices and select Allow. (Issue #196325588)
  • Fixed an issue where, after connecting the phone to a VPN, the phone could not connect to the internet. (Issue #196237480)

Android 12 Beta 4 already acts as the “Platform Stability” release, while opening the doors for developers to begin submitting their apps to be compatible with Android 12 at launch. Those hoping that this would have been the “release candidate”, will have to wait a little bit longer.

If you have already installed Android 12 on your phone, then you should be receiving the OTA update in the next few hours. But those who have been holding off on installing the beta might want to jump on the train now, especially considering all of the fixes that have been implemented.


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