Google is distributing the first developer version of Android 14, the launch in August

Google is distributing the first developer version of Android 14, the launch in August

As it usually does every year, Google began distributing the first development version of Android 14, with the help of which application and game developers will be able to make adjustments to the new system before it reaches the general public of users later this year.

When will Android 14 be launched?

The schedule presented by the company for the development versions and the open beta versions of Android 14 is similar to the one we have seen in previous years, when the next development version is expected to arrive in March, followed by the first open beta version in April, which will be available for anyone who wants to try it.

Around June, Google promises to start distributing more stable beta versions towards The launch of the final version in August 2023.

At this time, the development version of Android 14 is available for the Google Pixel series devices only, starting with the Pixel 4a 5G – click here to go to the download page.

What’s new in Android 14?

Since this is a version intended for developers, at this stage Google does not reveal many features that are aimed at the side of the users of the operating system, but there are a few that can be mentioned nevertheless, the most prominent of which concerns changing the size of the font displayed on the screen.

According to Google, the font in Android 14 will be able to be enlarged twice (up to 200%), this is in contrast to the availability of increasing the text up to 130% which was available until now according to the company in its Pixel models.

In addition, the more you increase the font, the operating system will make sure to adjust a caption that was previously large to the additional increase you make, so that it does not continue to increase in a way that does not match the rest of the text on the page.

In the example below you can see the original text (the image on the left), next to it a text enlargement to 200% without taking into account the existing font size on the page (in the middle) and finally (on the right) a text adjusted to a size of 200% taking into account the texts that have already appeared in large font and do not require additional enlargement .

Font enlargement in Android 14 (Image: Google)

Another reference is given in the context of the adaptation of the operating system in a better way to screen sizes and formats. In recent years, Google has worked to adapt the operating system to the large screens of tablets and foldable devices that come in different configurations.

Together with Android 14, the company promises to continue to make adjustments that will make the experience of using Android on devices with different screen formats better by providing new tools to application developers.

Google also refers to the management of file downloads in the background over Wi-Fi networks and states that applications will be able to work better side by side thanks to the updated mechanism for working in the background, which it claims will improve battery consumption and make the regular use of the device better.

The feature of adapting the applications to different languages ​​regardless of the language chosen for the operating system was already introduced together with Android 13 last year, but now Google states that starting with Android 14, developers will be able to configure their applications so that the adaptation by language is carried out based on the identification of the region in which the device is located.

At this point, this is only a small taste of the innovations expected to arrive with Android 14, while more details about the operating system will continue to arrive as we get closer to the Google IO developer conference that will take place in a few months.

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