Google new Android 14 Preview focuses on privacy and security which was released on March 8, 2023. This comes just a month after it released its first Android 14 preview. But as we had mentioned earlier this second preview is also like the first and is only meant for developers.
Although many features were already disclosed in the first preview some more additions are made to the privacy and security of the Operating System. The type of preview mentioned in the Android Developer blog is “Incremental update with additional features, APIs, and behavior changes.”
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Also, the Android 14 preview suggests giving consumers greater choice over how their information is shared. Instead of enabling applications to access their full media library, Google has revised the photo picker initially introduced in Android 13 to allow Android 14 users to decide which photographs and videos on the device apps are authorized to be viewed and accessed by the application. In the new dialog, the choices will be Allow access to all photos, Select photos, and Don’t allow.
A credential manager, a platform API that supports various sign-in methods including passkeys and passwords, is also being added to Android 14. This API was included in the prior Android Preview; thus, it isn’t technically new. However, Google has since improved its user interface based on user input. As Android Developer writes, “We recently announced the alpha release of Credential Manager, a new Jetpack API that allows you to simplify your users’ authentication journey, while also increasing security with support of passkeys.”
With this update, Google is also bringing new memory management system changes to Android that will enhance battery life and system performance. “Several seconds after an app goes into the cached state, background work is disallowed outside of conventional Android app lifecycle APIs such as foreground services, JobScheduler, or WorkManager.”
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Moreover, it will restrict background processes from programs that have entered a cached state from running and forbid background processes from apps that consume excessive resources. “These restrictions help minimize interruptions for the user and keep them more in control of what’s shown on their screen. To further reduce instances of unexpected interruptions, Android 14 gives foreground apps more control over the ability of apps they interact with to start activities.”
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Source: Android Developers Blog