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 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 the next year and a stable update will push in the second half.
Android 14 Latest Information:
[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 Predictive back gesture to Samsung phones
Google officially revealed that Android 14 will bring the “Predictive back gesture” to all smartphones, including Samsung, by default. The company initially started to work on this feature with Android 13 OS. It reminds you when you’re exiting an app to your homescreen.
Android smartphones come with an easy back gesture that lets you go back to the previous screen or home screen with a single swipe. But sometimes it accidentally takes you out of the app, which is quite irritating when you are performing an important task on your phone.
Meanwhile, to get rid of this problem, Google is bringing the Predictive back gesture with the upcoming Android 14 operating system. This feature will give you a preview of the previous screen before performing the back gesture.
9To5Google has spotted this feature working on the Google Calendar app. A person opens for an event and then slowly swipes back. While swiping, the fullscreen events page shrinks until it starts showing the previous screen, which is the calendar’s schedule list view.
This is how the feature prevents users from accidentally exiting the app in the middle of a task. The procedure is then coupled with an animation from Google Calendar that shows an inline event card contract in the list.
It’s worth mentioning that Android 13 users can also test the predictive back gesture on apps like the Google Phone and Google TV after enabling it from the Developer options. When you use the back gesture, these supported apps will show you exactly where you will reach when the step is done.
Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet users will be able to access the Predictive back gesture with the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update next year. We might more information through the Android 14 developer preview that may start at the beginning of 2023.
Android 14 Satellite Connectivity feature confirmed
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.