Google Android 14 Update Tracker: Everything you need to know

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If you are wandering around searching for Google’s fourteenth Android version, the Android 14 update, you are in the right place and will probably find what you’re looking for.

Here in this article, we aim to provide you with every slimmest piece of information regarding the Android 14 update.

Here are a few things you should know about how to navigate this page to find what you are looking for as quickly as possible.

Note:

  • This article will be divided into different sections — as our knowledge regarding Android 14 expands and these sections can be accessed using a jump link given below.  
  • We will regularly update this page with the latest information as soon as we come across it from any of our reliable sources. 

What is Android 14?

Android 14 is Google’s fourteenth Android operating system and a successor to the current Android 13 OS. As Google greets every Android update with a dessert name, the upcoming version is said to be called ‘Upside down cake’, in short, the letter ‘U’.

What this upcoming Android version is set to bring is a mystery, at least as of now. Given that Google has recently released the stable Android 13 to Pixels, the company will require some time to work on its successor.

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While the current version does not include any major tweaks like Android 12, we expect the upcoming version to bring some significant changes. However, nothing can be said just yet and we will have to wait until Google drops the developer preview program for Pixel phones.

Android 14 (U) release date; what’s known so far

Google usually releases an Android developer preview program for Pixel users in February every year, followed by a public beta and then a stable build that arrives sometime in the third quarter.

And assuming that Android 14 will be no different, we should see the first developer preview of Android 14 around mid-February. However, a precise date for the same is still awaited.

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The latest development regarding Android 14 is unveiled by 9to5Google, Google should provide access to the Android 14 beta for eligible Pixel phones by March or April. The company will soon start Android 13 QPR next month which will be concluded in March ahead of the Android 14 public beta. For more details, head here.

Update 1 | September 2

The upcoming Android 14 will allow satellite support. T-Mobile and SpaceX announcing a partnership that plans to offer connectivity in areas that currently don’t have access to cellular service using satellites. The service is scheduled to launch by the end of 2023. Read more

Update 2 | September 20

According to a Googler on the issue tracker, Android 14 will remove the three-minute limit on screen recordings initiated via Android Studio/adb screen record. Read more

Update 3 | September 30

Google started working on its forthcoming Android version to be released later next year, According to the latest info, Android 14 will make the AV1 codec mandatory for all eligible devices. It appears that the upcoming devices will be pre-installed with the Android 14 version and will be forced to support 64-bit-only apps. Read more

Update 4 | November 28

Samsung published a press release, talking about expanding its One UI 5-based Android 13 rollout for its Galaxy devices. The latest One UI 5 upgraded phones’ usability and optimize the mobile experience for its users.

The company says that it will continue to strengthen cooperation with Google and actively listen to user feedback to continue to update One UI faster and with higher perfection. Moreover, the next One UI update to be even faster.

Update 5 | Dec. 28

According to Esper’s Mishaal Rahman, the upcoming Android 14 update will have a new feature that enables supported devices to remain connected to the internet even when they are very old. This allows the device to update the root certificate there.

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