It looks like, Google is preparing to make some changes in the Developer Program Policy. And a piece of new information (via Wccftech) also suggests that the company will make some new restrictions on developers to better protect user privacy information.
According to the info, the complete application list information will be regarded as user privacy. When an Android application wants to get the QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission, Google will check it. And when the permission relates to the core function of the application, will be allowed.
Google outlined the permitted use of the query:
“Permitted use involves apps that must discover any and all installed apps on the device, for awareness or interoperability purposes may have eligibility for the permission. Permitted use includes; device search, antivirus apps, file managers, and browsers.”
Furthermore, the new changes will take effect on May 5th, later this year. Besides, starting from November 2021, all new applications and application updates submitted to Google Play must target Android 11 or higher, thus further enhancing the strength of the new policy.
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Google made AV1 video coding support mandatory for Android 14 devices
Android smartphone makers are currently rolling out the Android 13 update for their compatible devices. Meanwhile, Google has started working on the next-gen Android 14 operating system that will come with several advancements including new tweaks for AV1 video coding.
Going by the new information, Google is making AV1 video coding support mandatory for all devices that will run Android 14 OS. Therefore, if smartphone developers want their phones or tablets to run Android 14 OS, they will have to bring AV1 video coding support into the system.
What is AV1 video coding? It is a free video standard with an improved compression system that allows for huge data efficiency savings without degrading video quality. Making it mandatory for Android 14 will be key to moving forward in the world of high frame rates, 8K resolution, HDR standards, and audio demands.
As Esper’s Mishaal Rahman shared in his excellent Android 14 preview, the new AV1 requirement is codified in the Android Open Source Project Gerrit. The entry reads:
“As per Android CDD (Compatibility Definition Document) 14, section 2.2.2 and section 2.6, handheld and tablet device implementations must support decoding AV1.”
As a result, those Android device owners who are eagerly waiting for the Android 14 interface, need some modifications to their system.
In addition to this, the new report also suggets that some devices that will launch with the Android 14 operating system will be forced to support 64-bit-only apps, which means it’s finally spelling the end for 32-bit-only applications.
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Android 14 Operating System
On August 15, 2022, Google released the 13th generation of Android OS – Android 13. Firstly, the search giant rolled out this major update for Pixel devices and confirmed to release this major version for other Android devices including Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme, and Oppo later this year. As of now, limited devices have received the Android 13 update, however, we have started hearing information about the next Android OS i.e. Android 14.
Android 12 was released in 2021, Android 13 in 2022, and just following the tradition, Android 14 will be a major Android update of the year 2023. Like previous Android OS, we can expect that Google will start Developer Preview and Beta update in the first half of the next year and a stable update will push in the second half.
Android 14 Latest Information:
[October 1, 2022]: AV1 Codec
Google could make it mandatory for smartphone manufacturers to support the AV1 video codec if they want to run Android 14. This information has been spotted by Esper’s Mishaal Rahman inside the comments left in recent commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
[September 2, 2022]: Satellite Connectivity
- The senior VP of Google Platforms & Ecosystem, Hiroshi Lockeimer revealed that the company has started working on connecting phones to satellites. It is expected that Google may introduce a satellite connectivity function through the major version update of Android 14 next year. Check more details here
[August 30, 2022]: First Beta Update
- Some reports suggest that Google may start the Android 14 beta release in April 2023 and its Developers Preview may begin in February as the company has shortened the Android 13 QPR Beta. Check more details here
[April 23, 2022]: Codename
- The information suggests that the codename of the Android 14 operating system is “Upside Down Cake”. In an alphabetical manner, Google gives a dessert name to every new Android version. Check more details here
Android 14 [Expected]: Overall Summary
Samsung Galaxy S21 One UI 5.0 update, Android 13 release date, Beta and more
In early 2021, Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series flagships, pre-loaded with Android 11-based One UI 3.1 software. The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra were the first to receive the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta/Stable version, while eligible for three more major upgrades including the Android 13.
Up from the regular three OS updates promise, Samsung extended the support to four years for the Galaxy S21 series devices. Aside from the major Android and One UI upgrades, the company has also promised to deliver at least five years of regular security patches.
After the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 updates, Samsung Galaxy S21 series phones are now eligible and eager to receive the upcoming Android 13-based One UI 5 (Beta/Stable) version. To be mentioned, Google debuted Android 13 on the Developer Preview channel back in February 2022, while it is limited to Pixel phones.
Galaxy S21 Android 13 Beta Status
Similar to the last year, Samsung’s latest Galaxy S series devices became eligible to get the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta update, among others. However, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series also joined the party with the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta in a handful of countries.
- On September 21, Samsung released the One UI 5.0 Beta 2 for Galaxy S21 in the US.
- On September 8, the Galaxy S21’s One UI 5.0 Beta program expanded to India.
- On August 30, Samsung started the One UI 5.0 Beta program in South Korea and UK
- On August 6, the Korean tech giant showcased the One UI 5, based on Android 13, Beta ROM for the Galaxy S22 series devices. Read more
Galaxy S21 Android 13 Release Date
If the company goes the same as rumors, the One UI 5 will be live for Galaxy consumers in July, while the Stable distribution is likely to happen after about two months of Beta testing. Accordingly, we can expect the Android 13′ arrival for the Galaxy S21 series later this year.
- Release Date – October 2022 [Expected]
October 1, 2022
Samsung releases the second One UI 5.0 Beta update for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphone users in the US. It comes with several bug fixes that have been reported by Beta participants with the initial Beta update.
Build Version – ZVIE
- Fixed One UI crashes during normal usage
- Fixed One UI crashes when opening any folder
- Fixed Themes crashes after opening wallpaper in setting
- Fixed the issue that Camera keeps stopping
- Fixed force close and “can’t take screenshot due to security policy” pop up coming while taking screenshot from device
- Fixed the issue that Settings has stopped force close occur when we tap on color by keyword option
- Fixed Edge lightning style subtext not updated and option not working in Dex mode after select any option under the edge lightning style
- Fixed the issue that text is shown cropped when open Air command commands in split screen view
- Fixed the issue that Camera quick launch is not working
- Fixed the issue that Camera switch to Front and Rear is not working when double press power key in Camera
- Fixed the issue that Video editor crash occur when edit video
- Fixed the issue that Force close is occurring while entering in clock application if timer selected
- Fixed the issue that Camera preview is appearing black and not working while switching guest to owner mode
- Fixed the issue of not able to change single chat notification in message app
- Fixed the issue that force close is occuring while adding right app shortcut after deletion
- Fixed the issue that force close is occuring while editing video in popup view
- Fixed the issue that Call screen UI is not correct in guest mode
September 21, 2022
Samsung announced the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta testing program for the carrier unlocked units of the Galaxy S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra in the US.
September 11, 2022
On September 8, Samsung expanded the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta testing activity for the Galaxy S21 series devices in India.
August 30, 2022
Samsung confirms that the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphone users are now eligible to join the One UI 5.0 Beta program in South Korea, in order to start experiencing the Android 13 OS ahead of its stable release.
August 19, 2022
Samsung released the first One UI 5.0 Beta for the Galaxy S22 series devices. However, it seems like the company is already working on the development of the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 Beta for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones in South Korea.
- Firmware versions:
August 08, 2022
According to RPRNA, SamMobile heard that Samsung has started internal testing of the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 firmware on the Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra devices. However, the blog has not heard anything (like release date, Beta availability) other than what everyone knows!
August 05, 2022
Seems like, Samsung has delayed the One UI 5 Beta program for the Galaxy devices as Google shifted the official Android 13 launch to September. Meanwhile, a screenshot, shared by a Reddit user, suggests that T-Mobile US is testing the Android 13 firmware on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
July 23, 2022
Going by the information shared by the user, Samsung Galaxy S21 One UI 5.0/One UI 4.1.1 update is testing in the UK and it carries the One UI build version G998BXXU5DVGA. We know that after the Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S21 series is most eligible to get the One UI 5.0 beta update.
July 9, 2022
Samsung is likely to start the Android 13 Beta program for Galaxy devices in the third week, while we just got our first look at One UI 5 Beta design and UI changes. Check it out here
May 29, 2022
Google has released the Android 13 Beta 2.1 for the Pixel devices that had already joined the Beta testing program. It comes with fixes for some major issues for a better user experience, meanwhile, you can check the changelog mentioned below.
- Fixed an issue where typing in the search bar resulted in a blank list of suggestions.
- Fixed an issue where devices would crash and restart when turning on the hotspot.
- Fixed an issue where a continuous call dialing sound could be heard in the background during a phone call.
- Fixed an issue where devices would crash and restart after disconnecting from Android Auto.
Recently, we’ve checked the Beta Operations Manager’s activity landing page, which has had no changes since January this year. We will continue to provide the latest insights regarding the Android 13 and One UI 5.0 update development for your Galaxy devices, so stay tuned…
Samsung has started releasing the May 2022 security patch to the Galaxy S22 series smartphone users starting April 25. As of now, the update is available in various Asian countries, while today reached the T-Mobile variants in the United States. Read more
In February 2022, Google released the Android 13 Developer Preview for eligible Pixel devices, however, the stable version may likely debut in October this year. However, the US tech giant will share more details about the new OS at its annual conference AKA Google I/O 2022.