One of the most anticipated releases of the year, Google’s operating system for smartphones, Android 14: Upside Down Cake, is here. Android 14 will be released in early 2023 for the Google Pixel smartphones, followed by the rest of the Android smartphones shortly after that. Here’s everything you should know about Google’s cake.
After all the hearsay for months, following a similar pattern to the release of Android 13 and Android 12, finally, the Android 14 Developer Preview was released in early February. While the visual changes doesn’t seem like taking a leap as they did in Android 12.
With that being said, there are some quality essential quality improvements like improving the battery life with optimization, introduction to clone apps, selected photos to apps, and so on.
The developer preview timeline shows two sets of previews. The first one scheduled to be released in February 2023 is already available, while the second one is scheduled to be released in March. Beta releases are expected to begin in April. With enhanced additions and improved features in May, the Android 14 Operating System will reach platform stability with the third beta. Based on this, developers can program their apps to introduce updated features and APIs introduced in Android 14. The final beta is targeted for July, followed by the final stabilized release.
Compatible devices for Android 14 Developer Preview 1:
- Pixel 7 & 7 Pro
- Pixel 6a
- Pixel 6 & 6 Pro
- Pixel 5a 5G
- Pixel 5Pixel 4a (5G)
It is expected that following a similar pattern, the stable release of Android 14 for Google Pixel smartphones will hit in August-September this year while other smartphone brands could follow that.
Developer Preview 1 is targeted to provide developers with just initial impressions and a preliminary epidermal layer to start planning their custom skins and apps. This will enable them to look for feedback, and provide suggestions for improvements.
A second preview will include additional features, APIs, and behavioural changes. By doing so, Android 14 will gradually become available to the public for testing.
The beta testing is planned for April, a month ahead of Google I/O, its developer conference where some of the most interesting features and changes will be introduced.
The Google open-source operating system has been a charm with all the major updates the company has made and Android 14: Upside Down Cake is here and has already begun making its way for a release. Let us know if you are excited as well and what changes you would expect in this iteration of Android in the comments box below.
Source: Android Developer Website