Google has released the first developer preview of Android 14, which is only available for Pixel phones, and every year Android gets a big change with new features and improvements.
And according to what was mentioned by the “nextpit” website, as usual, the American company Google follows a schedule for launching the new version of Android, which is represented by offering a certain number of developer copies, up to the main operating system update scheduled for It will be announced in mid-2023.
Features of Android Operating System 14
Although the Android 14 operating system is currently under development, to test new features and ensure their compatibility, Google still has a long time until the stable version is ready, but the first preview of the Android 14 developer reveals many new features that It will come with Android in 2023.
Every year, Google adds many new features or updates previous features. Here are the expected advantages that the Android 14 operating system will obtain. We will mention the most prominent of them as follows:
Customize your Preferred Default Font and Language
Google is expanding the maximum font size limit with Android 14, and the setting will now allow font size to be increased by up to 200%, instead of the 130% maximum font size limit in previous Android versions, which results in more readable text that helps significantly weaken eyesight and the elderly.
In addition, developers can now give users the ability to select their preferred default language for each app, so you can customize a language for each app individually.
Quick Pairing Feature
The Fast Pair feature, which Google added to the Google Play Store, is a feature intended for immediate connection with any external accessories such as wireless headphones or smart watches.
And the Android 14 operating system will have a dedicated interface for the quick pairing feature within Settings, which can be accessed via Settings > Connectivity Options.
Improved Battery Setup Interface
The battery settings sections have gained minor modifications in previous Android versions, and the first developer preview of the upcoming Android 14 operating system shows an option to show usage by dividing applications or systems, in the Battery Saver, where access to Extreme Battery Saver has been added on the home page in addition to Adaptive battery switch.
In addition, you will be able to know the time you use your phone through a feature called Screen-on time, which helps you analyze the performance of your phone and find out the reason for the rapid consumption.
Better Battery life and improved Apps
Android 14 continues to introduce new improvements that support different screen layouts, to introduce more form factors for foldable phones, and this also means that the application can be easily supported regardless of screen size or shape with a focus on giving the device better battery life.
Similar to the feature that appeared for the first time in the iPhone 14 family from Apple, the satellite communication feature will arrive for Android phones during 2023, as the new communication option was announced by the first vice president of Google, but he did not explain how this feature would work, only For emergency calls, SMS only, or with low speed data connections.
Block old APK installs
Android 14 will prevent the installation of apps targeting older OS versions. A similar control has already been implemented on the Play Store, where app developers must target at least Android 12. If the change is implemented, it will prevent users from sideloading apps or installing from Third party stores are outdated Android app versions.
Delete Applications installed by Google
Google pre-installs applications on the Android operating system, which are impossible to delete, but with Android 14 there is a section dedicated to removing pre-installed applications, and in this section, the full list of pre-installed and unnecessary applications will appear for the operating system to work, so Google will allow you to finally delete them.
It is noteworthy that Google has provided the first preview to Android 14 DP 1 developers, through its following versions of Pixel phones: Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel 6a, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 5, and Pixel 4a 5G.
Get Started with Android 14
The Developer Preview contains everything you need to try Android 14 features, test your apps, and give us feedback. To test your app with tablets and foldables, the easiest way to get started is to use the Android Emulator in a tablet or foldable configuration in the latest Android Studio SDK Manager preview. For phones, you can get started today by flashing the system image on your Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel 6a, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 5, or Pixel 4a (5G). If you don't have a Pixel device, you can use 64-bit system images with an Android Emulator in Android Studio.
For the best development experience with Android 14, we recommend that you use the latest Android Studio Giraffe preview (or the latest Giraffe+ builds). After you're all set up, here are a few things you should do:
- Try New Features and APIs - Your feedback is important during the first part of the Developer Preview. Report issues to our tracker on the feedback page.
- Test your existing app for compatibility - see if your app is affected by default behavior changes in Android 14; Install your app on an Android 14 device or emulator and test it extensively.
- Test your app with opt-in changes - Android 14 includes opt-in behavior changes that only affect your app when it targets the new platform. It is important to understand and evaluate these changes early. To make testing easier, you can toggle changes on and off individually.
We will be regularly updating the preview system images and SDK throughout the Android 14 release cycle. This initial preview build is for developers only and is not intended for everyday use or consumer use, so we are making it available by manual download only. Once you manually install the preview build, you will automatically get future over-the-air updates for all subsequent previews and betas. Read more here.
If you intend to move from the Android 13 QPR Beta program to the Android 14 Developer Preview program and do not want to have to wipe your device, we recommend that you move to Developer Preview 1 now. Otherwise, you may run into periods of time when the Android 13 Beta version has the latest build date which will prevent you from going directly to Android 14 Developer Preview without clearing the data.
As we get to our betas, we'll invite consumers to try Android 14 as well, and we'll open registration for the Android Beta program at that time. For now, please note that the Android Beta Program is not yet available for Android 14.