Google has unveiled the first developer version of the upcoming Android 14, which is set to be widely available to users in a few months. This initial release provides a glimpse into the direction the software is headed and gives us an idea of what changes can be expected from the green robot system.
Discover the Latest Features in Android 14
Google’s latest smartphone operating system, Android 14, brings numerous updates and changes. One of which is inspired by the solution found in Windows. The update expands the account management feature by allowing multiple user accounts, with the ability to grant administrator rights to other accounts.
This allows for modifications to the system or even restoring the device to its original factory settings. Android 14 also introduces a guest profile, with the administrator having control over the guest’s ability to make calls and send text messages.
The concept of account management is not new and has been available on Windows for a long time. It’s not surprising given that it’s more common for multiple individuals to use the same computer than to share a single phone.
Let’s take a look at the latest Android 14 updates that were unveiled with the developer version. Some of the notable features include:
- Easier battery management (screen-on timer since last charge, separation of battery drainers)
- Restore Fast Pair
- Health Connect available from settings
- Facilitations for people with disabilities, e.g. a dedicated section for pairing your phone with an assistive hearing device
- Ability to increase font size by up to 200%
- Satellite connectivity support
- Displaying warnings when trying to install apps built for Android 8.1 or earlier, and blocking the download of programs designed for versions older than Android 6
- Better management of the photo and video gallery (the idea is to give apps access to part of the gallery, not just the whole gallery)
- Application cloning also on a clean version of the system
The developer version of Android 14 has been specifically designed for Google Pixel smartphones, including the 4a 5G, 5, 5a, 6, 6a, 6 Pro, 7, and 7 Pro models. Before the official release, we can expect a Developer Preview 2 and several Beta versions.
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