While Apple and Huawei are reportedly going to introduce Satellite Connectivity with their upcoming flagship smartphones, Google is not behind and confirmed that Android 14 will bring Satellite Connectivity.
According to the information, Hiroshi Lockheimer (senior vice president of platforms and ecosystems at Google) revealed that Google has begun working on connecting phones to satellites.
The official mentioned in his Twitter post that the first Android phone, the HTC G1, was released in 2008, featuring 3G+WiFi networks support. Now, the company has started to work on connecting phones to satellites.
Regarding this, it’s most likely that the US tech giant may introduce support for the satellite connection function through the major version update of Android 14 next year, while the Developer Preview may start in March 2023.
Wild to think about user experiences for phones that can connect to satellites. When we launched G1 in '08 it was a stretch to get 3G + Wifi working. Now we're designing for satellites. Cool! Excited to support our partners in enabling all of this in the next version of Android!
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) September 1, 2022
In contrast, the satellite communication function is mainly a supplement to the terrestrial cellular communication system that is mainly used in remote areas, ocean and sky scenarios, and emergency disaster relief scenarios.
Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier revealed that Apple is indeed developing satellite communications for some of the iPhone 14 series models, and completed hardware testing ahead of mass production.
Aside from this, folks over at HC Newsroom also revealed that Huawei’s upcoming Mate 50 and Mate 50 Pro flagships will introduce special emergency functions using satellite communications.
You can’t skip this 1 min Android 14 concept video!
Android 14 would probably go official next month for Developers, followed by public Beta in May and Stable release in August. Samsung phones don’t run stock Android, but, the features and novelties undoubtedly reflect on each version of One UI. Meanwhile, a wonderful Android 14 concept video just emerged!
Courtesy of the YouTube channel Concept Central, the Android 14 concept video is so promising, at least for Pixel users! It also reminds Google of the features that are being calculated as basic things nowadays but lack from its stock Android operating system.
This 58-second concept begins with a short introduction and stops at 14 counts and gives a sneak peek at what’s coming next. The first imagined feature is Lock screen widgets, Android 14 should bring this common feature as Google’s premium smartphone users get jealous seeing the One UI.
Second, the capability to lock individual apps. It is one of the most useful features of smartphones. Android and even One UI lack a dedicated app lock, which ensures extra privacy. Social platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram have their in-app lock, but, an in-built locker is required in Android, hmm… in One UI too.
Android 13 continued the Android 12-like Quick Settings, featuring large horizontal tiles, meanwhile, there should be some options to tweak the interface. The concept showcases which kind of Quick Settings icons Google can bring into the Android 14 operating system.
The clipboard manager of Android 13 is really an amazing feature, letting you share the recently copied stuff with ease. Another step ahead, the concept imagines this feature can be further advanced with more options including the recently copied and images individually.
Google’s testing predictive back gestures, which shows take a pretty short time duration to display what will be the next screen. Moreover, the Left and Right swipe arrows also got a translucent background for enhanced visibility across functions and apps. Enjoy the concept video, below:
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 then started releasing this major version for other Android devices including Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme, and Oppo later this year. As of now, several Android devices 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 2023 and a stable update will push in the second half.
Android 14 Latest Information:
[January 11, 2023]: System Share Sheet
A piece of new information reveals that Android 14 will bring an intuitive system share sheet that will be combined with Google Play Services. Android share sheet is primarily designed for sending content outside your app or directly to your contacts. Check the full details here
[November 17, 2022]: Predictive Back Gestures
Google Android 14 will bring the “Predictive back gesture” to all Android smartphones. This feature will give you a preview of the previous screen before performing the back gesture. Check the full details here
[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
Android 14 will bring intuitive system share sheet, could combine with Play Services
Google is expected to release the first Android 14 developer preview next month. Ahead of this, a new information reveals that Android 14 will bring an intuitive system share sheet that will be combined with Google Play Services.
Android share sheet is primarily designed for sending content outside your app or directly to your contacts. It’s great for performing basic functionalities of seamless file transferring but it has not been much developed since its availability.
Google has tried to improve it over the years but since it can only be updated with a new Android generation, the progress of its improvement is very slow. Fortunately, this slow progress is not going to continue further as Google is likely to combine the Android 14 share sheet with Play services.
As spotted by Mishaal Rahman from Esper, Google has developed an experimental, hidden copy of the share sheet that lives within Android 13. At a glance, it looks identical to the current share sheet, even though its functionality is the same but what makes it different is that it is a mainline module.
It means that the share sheet is decoupled from Android and can be updated through Play Services just like other Google Play system apps and services. After its implementation, the company can upgrade it separately and users will be able to access its new features faster than before.
It is worth noting that the company has not yet told what it intends to do by combining the share sheet with Play Services. However, one thing is for sure we will see more improvements to the Android Share Sheet in the coming time.