During the Made by Google event held on Wednesday, Google made the announcement of Android 14’s release, alongside the introduction of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones. The Android 14 software update is now being rolled out to compatible devices. This latest major release of the Android operating system brings a range of new features to Android smartphones, such as AI-generated wallpapers, passkeys for third-party apps, monthly data-sharing reminders, and camera flash notifications.
In addition to the new Pixel phones, Google also revealed the Pixel Watch 2 and the latest Pixel Buds Pro during the event, all of which are available for pre-order.
For those interested in trying out Android 14, here’s complete information, including new features, device compatibility, and instructions on how to download Android 14 onto your smartphone.
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What are the new features of Android 14?
Android 14 brings several camera enhancements, including support for high-quality Ultra HDR images, improved low-light photography (on compatible devices), and in-sensor zooming, allowing lossless zoom in some third-party apps. A new document scanner service enables apps to digitize physical documents, such as receipts, using your device’s camera.
In terms of accessibility, Android 14 offers larger fonts, adjustable up to 200%, for users with visual impairments. There are camera flash notifications for individuals with hearing impairments, using the camera’s flash for alerts. Additionally, pinch-to-zoom is available to adjust magnification within apps, and more customization options are available for hearing aids.
The lock screen features a new customization picker, allowing customization of clocks and lock screen shortcuts to suit your preferences.
Regarding privacy and security, Android 14 provides notifications about changes in data-sharing practices for third-party apps, stricter app permissions, improved PIN privacy, the option to disable 2G connectivity, encryption for all cellular connections, and various other enhancements.
Android 14: Supported devices
Regarding Android 14, only a select range of Google devices currently support the latest Android operating system, including models like Pixel 4A, Pixel 5, Pixel 5A, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6A, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7A, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Fold, and Pixel Tablet. Updates based on Android 14 will be rolled out to devices from Samsung, Nothing, OnePlus, Sony, and other manufacturers later this year.
How to download Android 14?
Open the Settings app on your device and then select ‘System.’
Select ‘System update.’
If Android 14 is available for your device, you’ll see your update status displayed.
Also, you can tap on ‘Check for update’ button located at the bottom of the screen.
Next, click on ‘Download and install.’
Wait for your phone to download the latest software and perform the necessary updates.
Once your phone completes the update and restarts, you should see Android 14 running on your device.
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