Android 12 Beta 4.1 is now available, featuring bug patches for VPN and notifications


Android 12 Beta 4.1 is now available on Pixel phones, exactly two weeks after the last release in the beta program. It includes much-needed bug fixes.

As more individuals sign up for the trial program, Beta 4.1 resolves a number of issues that are affecting the day-to-day usage of Android 12. VPNs not connecting is one of the most significant updates, while heads-up warnings have been restored. The device restart boot loop should be fixed, and the Google Phone app now allows you to simply grant the Nearby Devices permission.

The full release notes for this update are below.

  • 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)

The Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL now have updated system images for Android 12 Beta 4.1. If you desire, you may manually flash these builds. The known issues list for Android 12 Beta 4 still applies to Beta 4.1, according to Google.

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