Google has announced the first Developer Preview of Android 14, which is set to improve the productivity of developers and enhance the performance, privacy, security, and customization features for users.
This latest Android operating system builds upon the work done in Android 12L and 13 and is expected to bring better support for foldables, tablets, and other large-screen devices. IWhat’s New in Android 14
Improved Support for Foldables and Large Screen Devices
Google has stated that Android 14 will continue to build on the work done in Android 12L and 13 to support foldables and large screen devices. The company has also updated its app quality guidance to help streamline the process of getting apps ready for large screens. Google will also provide additional learning opportunities around building for large screens and foldables to help developers create apps that are optimized for different screen sizes.
Enhancements to Performance, Privacy, Security, and User Customization
In addition to improved support for foldables and large screen devices, Android 14 is set to bring enhancements to performance, privacy, security, and user customization. Google has stated that this preview is just the beginning and that there will be more to come as they move through the release cycle.
Window Size Classes, Sliding Pane Layout, and More
Google has listed several new features in Android 14 that will help developers build apps optimized for different screen sizes. These features include window size classes, sliding pane layout, Activity embedding, and box with constraints, among others.
Android 14 Schedule
The schedule for Android 14 is similar to that of Android 13. Google will release Developer Previews in February and March, with beta releases coming from April through June. The platform is expected to reach stability in June and July, with the final release expected sometime in August.
Availability of Android 14 Developer Preview
The Android 14 Developer Preview is available for the Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel 6a, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 5, and Pixel 4a (5G). Interested users can flash a system image onto a Pixel smartphone from the list to get started.