Google Releases Android 14 Developer Preview

Google releases Android 14 Developer Preview for Pixel smartphones. Though it has not provided much information about the features the customers will be getting in 2023, it shows the focus of Google on tablets, foldable and other large-screen devices.

Google Releases Android 14 Developer Preview

 

Google blog post says, “Android 14 builds on the work done in Android 12L and 13 to support tablets and foldable form factors. To help you build apps that adapt to different screen sizes, we’ve created window size classes, sliding pane layout, Activity embedding, and box with constraints and more, all supported in Jetpack Compose. With every release, our goal is to make it easier for you to optimize your app across all Android surfaces.”

Android 14 is said to optimize the way apps work together; thus, it will improve the battery life and system together. Moreover, when communicating with other app components through the Intents system, apps for Android 14 will need to be more precise, and any code they load will need to be read-only to prevent the possibility of code injection.

Blog post further says, “to help streamline getting your apps ready we have updated our app quality guidance for large screens, and provided additional learning opportunities around building for large screens and foldables. The large screen gallery contains proven design patterns along with design inspiration around the markets that your app supports such as social and communications, media, productivity, shopping and reading apps.”

Users can scale up the font sizes to 200% in Android 14. Before this change, Pixel devices could only scale text sizes up to 130% as Google releases Android 14 Developer Preview.

Given that Google has previously revealed a Pixel tablet for sale in 2023, and there are speculations that the company is set to unveil its folding phone, this focus is not at all surprising.

Google has provided us with a rough release date estimate for Android 14. Developers are informed in its post that it anticipates locking down all of the modifications to its APIs by June 2023, with the formal release following “several weeks” later, most likely in August 2023.

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Source: Android Developers Blog

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