Each manufacturer will publish a schedule for updating existing devices to Android 14 and a method for doing so. In general, an update notification should appear as soon as the mobile device has it. Once Android 14 is running, it’s also convenient to manually search through system settings.
Google Pixel smartphones will be the first to receive the upgrade, and the Dev Preview is currently underway (and later with betas). You must use this link to join them. Additionally, updated system files will be accessible on the Android developer website.
New features in Android 14
At the moment, we only have a few leaks regarding upcoming OS features. Compared to Android 13, this system will not change significantly, at least not in terms of appearance, significant innovations or configurations. There is less and less room to implement significant changes in a highly developed system that works perfectly.
Android 14 will surely restore one of the navigation gestures that was missing, that of previewing the previous screen by moving up from the edge of the screen. Present in the developer options of Android 13, the gesture would be included by default in Android 14.
With its new operating system, Google would most certainly abandon 32 bits. This means that extremely old applications would no longer be supported. ARMv9 kernels will not be able to run 32-bit applications, as mentioned in the AOSP code. In reality, the system will only handle 64 bits. Because the phones that will receive Android 14 will have a modern SoC.
Android 14 will force manufacturers to support the open source and free AV1 codec. With more refined and highly efficient compression, this codec promises to improve video streaming.
The satellite connection, introduced by Apple in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro smartphones, will be available with Android 14 so that manufacturers can integrate it into their devices. It allows communications without mobile or WiFi network coverage.
Future Pixel phones will likely have satellite capabilities added by Google. But it’s unclear how many other manufacturers will do the same. Also, we don’t know if the satellite technology will be free or require a subscription. Only two years of free emergency SOS was offered by Apple with the activation of new iPhone 14/14 Pro models.
Health Connect may not be familiar to you, but it works similarly to Apple’s HealthKit by acting as an intermediary between different health and fitness apps that want to share and access data. In addition to Google’s own Fitbit and Google Fit, third-party platforms such as Peloton, Tonal, Samsung Health and MyFitnessPal already support it.
Health Connect is currently free beta software that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Integration into Android is Google’s long-term goal. So the real question is whether this will happen with Android 14 or later.
Beyond what initial leaks indicated, Android 14 is expected to focus on privacy and security. To provide users with more control over device permissions, various hardware and software components. Material You will evolve in the options without moving away from what has already been seen in terms of design. And the adaptive hue changes are sure to reach every corner of the devices.