What are the upcoming features in Android 14?

Samsung was faster than ever in 2022 to update its first phones to the latest version of Android. By bringing Android 13 and One UI 5 to the Galaxy S22 at the end of October, Samsung believes it has surpassed the release of the previous update. However, the Korean tech giant is not stopping there and plans to be even “faster” for releases like Android 14.

In a blog post shared today, Samsung was proud to announce that it released Android 13 in two months. after Google released it globally and on Pixel phones. With Android 12, the time frame actually seems shorter, as Google waited until October to release it. However, most years Google releases the new version of Android around August or early September, and then we see companies like Samsung roll it out to their phones 2-4 months later.

Android 14 Update Tracker

November 16: Predictive back gesture feature is coming with Android 14. It will work in apps and preview the previous home screen. Its development started with Android 13. The back gesture will immediately exit an app and the home screen will preview it.

Nov 10 – Android 14 will require support for the HAL identity credentials layer that enables secure storage of mobile driver’s licenses on Android.

Improved compatibility with third-party launchers

Regardless of Google’s efforts to improve Android functionality, the fact that not all Android devices have a nice built-in launcher continues to ruin the Android experience. Username.

However, this was not a problem a few years ago, as users could easily install third-party launchers of their choice. However, things got worse with Android 10 when the tech giant introduced gesture navigation. As a result, many third-party launchers failed to gain as deep access to the device as built-in launchers, and were unable to provide users with the desired experience.

Material You 4.0

We can expect more significant design changes in Android 14, but we don’t expect another revolution. Google started the material design adventure with Android 5.0 Lollipop. We saw subtle changes in Android 7.0 Nougat, 8.0 Oreo, and major changes in Android 9 Pie.

Predictive back gesture makes navigation on Android devices more reliable

On Android 14, when back gesture is done from left or right edge screen, the app the page you are viewing will shrink, revealing which page will appear if you do the Back gesture. Thus, it prevents users from accidentally exiting the application in the middle of a task. Users can already try this predictive return gesture feature on Android 13 in apps like Google Phone and Google TV. These supported apps show you exactly where you’ll land if you flick back. However, you must first enable the feature from Developer Options.

You can go to Settings > About phone > tap “Build number” seven times. In Developer Options, find “Predictive Feedback Animations” and enable it. Now when you flick back on the Google TV or Google Phone app, the app shrinks and displays the home screen in the background. The folks at 9To5Google also noted that this feature worked with the Google Calendar app.

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