Every year Google releases a newer version of its mobile operating system aka Android. And this year in 2023, Android 14 will be the latest release. As usual, Android 14 will be made available on Pixel phones first and then other Android phones from different OEMs such as Samsung, Nokia, Asus, Motorola, Lenovo, Nothing, OnePlus, and other manufacturers as well. Android 14 is already available in beta and so we are aware of a good number of coming changes and improvements.
In this article, let’s take a look at everything we know so far about Android 14 such as its developer previews, the release timeline, features making its way to Android 14 as well as the supported devices that will receive Android 14.
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Android 14 Release Date
Google released its first Developer Previews of Android 14 in the month of February. As it is with Android releases, users can already try out the beta version of Android 14 on select devices. Looking at the final stable release build of Android 14, this release is likely to be made available between August and September. That is the time when Google will be releasing the Google Pixel 8 lineup that will come with Android 14 out of the box.
Android 14 Supported Devices
Android 14 is still in beta phase. But that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t know what devices will be getting the update to Android 14. Well, we have a list of devices that are confirmed to get the Android 14 update. First, let’s take a look at the list of all Google Pixel devices eligible for Android 14 update.
Google Pixel Devices Eligible For Android 14
- Pixel 4a 5G
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 5a
- Pixel 6
- Pixel 6 Pro
- Pixel 6a
- Pixel 7
- Pixel 7 Pro
- Pixel 7a
- Pixel Fold
- Pixel 8
- Pixel 8 Pro
Other OEM Devices Eligible For Android 14
- iQOO 11
- Lenovo Tab Extreme
- Nothing Phone 1
- OnePlus 11
- Oppo Find N2 Flip
- Realme GT 2 Pro
- Tecno Camon 20 Series
- Vivo X90 Pro
- Xiaomi 13, 13 Pro, and 12T
Note: This is not the final list. Many other OEMs will be releasing updates to their devices as and when the stable version of Android 14 is released. So make sure to check the list of supported devices on your carrier’s/brand’s official forum once OEM announces Android 14-based custom skin later this year.
Android 14 Features
Now let’s take a look at the features of Android 14. Everyone is excited about the new features of an operating system, especially if it is something that is pretty useful. So, let’s take a look at all the new features that will be coming with Android 14.
Lock Screen Customization
With previous versions of Android, there was hardly any customization available for the lock screen baked into the OS. With Android 14, Google is now giving you the option to make the lock screen of your Android device even more personal. You can easily change the fonts, the size as well as the color of the elements on your lock screen. Android 14 will also give you more shortcut options for various functions- functions that you can access from the lock screen right away.
You can now forget about the stock wallpapers that come with your Android device. If you don’t like those wallpaper, no problem Android 14 now lets the user decide the type of wallpaper based on the theme selected by the user. According to the selected theme, your Android 14 device will now make use of AI to generate a wallpaper right away. This also lets you adjust the prompt so that you get a better-desired result.
Easily Find Your Lost Devices
Google Find My has been pretty basic for a good number of years. However, with Android 14, things are going to get even better with the new and updated Find My. Find My will now not only rely on the internet to search for your device’s last location but will now make use of the millions of Android devices out there to search for your missing Android device. You will also be able to search for trackers such as Tile. Older Android devices will be able to make use of this feature as well once Android 14 is officially released.
Create Emoji Based Wallpapers
Emojis have become an important part of our day-to-day interaction on social media. While emojis could always be used in texts, you can now make use of an emoji-based wallpaper on your Android 14 device. This wallpaper setting lets you choose from numerous patterns and colors after you have selected the emoji. The cool thing is that every time you tap on the emoji on your wallpaper, the emoji will react to it. Pretty cool interactive wallpaper.
Cinematic 3D Wallpapers
With Android 14, the days of installing a wallpaper app that gives you 3D wallpapers are coming to an end. Baked right into Android 14, you can easily choose your custom image to set as a 3D cinematic wallpaper. The wallpaper will get motion effects and also create a parallax effect on your home screen. Android 14 is turning out to be one of the most customizable operating systems.
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Choose What Type Of Wi-Fi Hotspot
With the inset of 5 GHz and even 6 GHz Wifi, older Android devices will not be able to make use of these high-speed wifi connections because of the missing band support. But, you can easily use your mobile to share the internet with your older device by creating a 2.4 GHz wifi. Android 14 will now give Pixel devices as well as other Android devices an option to enable a 2.4 GHz wifi hotspot instead of just defaulting to create a 5 GHz wifi hotspot.
Location-Based Loyalty Cards
If you have used Google Pay to make any type of payment, then you have seen that you get some sort of rewards and scratch cards after making a payment. Now, with Android 14, no matter what your contactless payment app is, you will be getting location-based loyalty cards for you to use for free. You will get these cards even if you do not use Google Pay on your Android 14. Win-win for the users.
New Back Arrow
Now this might not seem anything important to a lot of users, but the back arrow in Android 14 is now more predictive and shows you a glimpse of the previous screen. The back arrow now also has a color to it.
Improved Share Sheet Screen
When you now want to share any particular file from your phone, the share sheet screen on Android 14 will now show you custom sharing options based on the app that you are sharing from. This makes it easier to share anything without having to tap through many options. You can easily share things quickly.
Lock screen PIN Animations
Everyone has a PIN setup for their Android device. But, with Android 14 when you enter your PIN on the lock screen, Now, when you enter your PIN instead of seeing the numbers in the text field, you will now see different shapes for different numbers. This helps to protect you from anyone who might be trying to see your phone’s PIN over your shoulder.
Adjust Regional Preferences
When setting up your Android device, you would normally set and choose the region where you are currently residing. However, you can now easily change the units and number type. For example, even if your region uses Fahrenheit for weather, you can easily tell your Android device to make use of Celsius across all apps.
Extremely Low Battery Warning
On previous Android versions, you would get a battery-low notification when the battery is at 10%. Now, to make things even more intense, Android 14 will now display the battery low notification when the battery is at about 2%. This will be available on Pixel devices. It could arrive on other Android devices depending on the OEM.
Android 14 Roadmap
Android 14 is currently in the beta 1 phase. Yes, there will be even more beta updates, around 4 more which will be released between May and July. Around August or early September, we should be getting the stable Android 14 release. As of now, a number of OEMs are releasing the Android 14 beta updates to a select number of their devices.
Android 14 Beta – How To Install
Now, when it comes to Google’s Pixel lineup, all the devices will be able to opt-in for the beta update for Android 14. In the case of other OEMs, you will have to manually flash the Android 14 beta update to get access to all of these new cool features. Soon, we should be seeing OEMs roll out beta versions of Android 14 to its supported devices. If you have a Pixel phone you can check out this detailed Android 14 beta installation guide.
This concludes everything you need to know to stay up to date on Android 14. It’s good to see how Google is focusing not only on privacy but also on sensible user options and customizations. It’s going to be some time till we get to see the full-fledged release on Android 14.
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