A list of smartphones that can download the developer preview is available.
The release of the Android 14 developer preview ushers in the next stage of the Android platform’s evolution.
Google has just released the first developer preview of Android 14, the most recent version of its popular mobile operating system. Dave Burke, Google’s VP of Engineering, made the announcement in a blog post.
The release of the Android 14 developer preview heralds the start of the next stage in the evolution of the Android platform, providing a preview of the new features and improvements that users can expect to see in the final release later this year.
One of the most significant changes in Android 14 is the ongoing development of privacy features that give users more control over their data. Users will be able to see what data apps are accessing, such as the camera, microphone, or location, and grant or revoke access as desired using the privacy controls. Furthermore, Google is implementing features that will assist users in understanding and managing the data shared with apps, such as a new dashboard that provides a clear summary of what data apps are using and what permissions have been granted.
There are also accessibility improvements, such as the ability to scale fonts up to 200%. Prior to this update, the maximum font size scale on Pixel devices was 130%. Starting with Android 14, a non-linear font scaling curve is automatically applied to mitigate issues where the text becomes too large. This prevents text that is already large enough from growing at the same rate as smaller text.
Google has also improved performance in Android 14, including faster app launch times, lower battery drain, and improved graphics performance. The operating system has been optimized by the company to work more efficiently on a wider range of devices, allowing users to enjoy a smooth and responsive experience even on lower-end devices or devices with varying screen sizes.
Google is also introducing a number of enhancements to the Android platform that will help developers create better and more sophisticated apps, in addition to these new features and improvements. Android 14 will, for example, include support for new edge-to-edge screens, allowing developers to create immersive and interactive experiences that take full advantage of the latest display technology. The operating system will also support new camera features like multi-camera support and improved camera APIs, allowing developers to create apps that provide new and innovative photography experiences.
Finally, Google has made a number of changes under the hood in Android 14 to make the operating system more secure and stable. The company has improved its security model, making it more difficult for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities and gain access to sensitive data. Google has also made changes to the way the operating system handles memory and processes, allowing users to run multiple apps at the same time without experiencing performance degradation.
The developer preview is just the start of the Android 14 journey, and we can expect many more exciting announcements from Google as the development process continues. Google anticipates reaching Platform Stability in June 2023, with a final release date in August 2023.
Users with the Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 5, or Pixel 4a (5G) can currently flash the latest image onto their phones.