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Android 14 Features



Android 14 Features

Google introduced the new Android 14 operating system for Pixel smartphones and the system images are available on the Developer Preview channel. The company plans to reach the Platform Stability milestone by July 2023, followed by Stable deployment in late July or early August.

On February 8, the Android maker released the very initial build (Developer Preview 1) of the latest version of its mobile platform. It’s a developer-centric version, which comes with under-the-hood changes and new APIs to help app developers understand and grow the ecosystem.

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Let’s explore Android 14 Features (DP 1) [Source – Mishaal Rahman]

Predictive back gesture

Android 14’s brand-new predictive back gesture allows you to preview where you’re going when you swipe back. To be mentioned, Android 13 just shows preview swipes back to the home screen. Have a look:

Vibrant “Basic colours” in Color Palette

The first DP build of Android 14 introduces more vibrant “Basic colours” options in the Wallpaper and style section. It looks like, the company has tweaked the first four-color carousel with brighter, more visually stand-out options.

Apps installed in the background

This is a new feature introduced by Android 14 DP, which lists apps that are sideloaded in the background, without your permission. You can check and uninstall them as they are not necessary for your phone to work normally.

Fast Pair

Samsung introduced the Galaxy S23 series, which brings Google’s Fast Pair feature out of the box. This feature has now arrived in the “Connection preferences” section, courtesy of the Android 14 Developer Preview 1.

Integrated Health Connect

Android 14 has integrated Google’s Health Connect platform, which is currently available through an installable application. The DP1 has a new Mainline module called Health Connect that contains the Health Connect app.

Prevention to install old apps

Android 14 will now warn you when you install an app that targets API level 27 or lower (ie. Android 8.1 or older). The threshold that triggered this warning was previously set at API level 22 (Android 5.1) in Android 10.

Tweaked “Security & privacy” section

The new OS brings a handful of minor changes to the Security & privacy section such as the addition of a new subpage for subheadings instead of dropdown menus.

Battery Saver UI

Android 14 comes with a couple of changes to the Battery section and operation of the Battery Saver UI. The Battery Saver section now has Basic and Extreme battery-saving options along with an integrated Adaptive tool.

Screen time in Battery usage section

Ditched with Android 12, Android 14 Developer Preview 1 brings back the ability to see just how long your screen has been on since your last full charge.

Taskbar text labels on larger displays

Android 12L brought the nifty Taskbar feature for large-screen devices such as tablets and foldables. Android 14 DP1 now shows text names below dock app icons in the taskbar on screens with a tablet DPI of 600+.

Advanced memory protection

Mishaal Rahman spotted that Android 14 is adding a new beta feature called “advanced memory protection” that “helps you protect your device from bugs that may put your security at risk.”

Hearing devices

In the new OS, there is a dedicated settings page for hearing devices at Settings > Accessibility > Hearing devices. It lets you pair a new hearing aid device, enable a shortcut to these settings, and toggle “hearing aid compatibility”.

One UI-inspired Cloned Apps

Android 14 is preparing to add a One UI-inspired app cloning feature. Many OEMs/third-party apps offer this functionality already, but it’s nice to see work on this in Google’s version of Android for Pixel phones.

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One UI 6.0 to alert you mins before dying smartphone battery



Galaxy S22 Ultra 5000mAh battery

Android 14 development is underway and Google released the second Developer Preview build in on March 8th. Samsung’s One UI 6.0 software will be based on the Android 14 OS, which could introduce a new battery alert feature for user convenience.

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According to the information, Android 14 has a new battery alert feature, which notifies Pixel smartphone users that their smartphone’s battery is about to die. Samsung may also bring this new battery alert feature to Galaxy devices with the upcoming One UI 6.0 iteration.

As shown in the UI screenshot, the OS pushes a notice on the screen/notification panel, informing the user that just 2% battery is remaining in the device. If you are a heavy smartphone user or often see the situation of the battery dies, you’ll see a “Very low battery” notification when you have just 2% battery life left.

One UI 6.0 Battery Alert

At present, Android smartphones running v13 get notified when the battery level is at both 20% and 10%. The OS also recommends you turn on the Battery Saver and Extreme Battery Saver features to get some time to plug in the charger.

Currently, this new battery alert feature is available on Google Pixel smartphones running Android 14 Developer Preview 2. Hopefully, the South Korean tech giant may not skip bringing this minor yet useful addition with its next One UI iteration.

One UI 6 Availability

Various Samsung devices are eligible for Android 14, while some have ended their major OS upgrades support with the Android 13 OS. The Galaxy S21, S22, and S23 series will get Android 14-based One UI 6.0. Sadly, the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series won’t receive Android 14-based One UI 6.0 firmware.

One UI 6.0: Which Samsung devices will get Android 14 upgrade and which don’t

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One UI 6.0: Which Samsung devices will get Android 14 upgrade and which don’t



Samsung Galaxy S22 S23 Ultra

Samsung Android 14 Beta program may start in August 2023, which will let Galaxy users experience the One UI 6.0 ahead of public release. Various Samsung devices are eligible for Android 14, while some have ended their major OS upgrades support with the Android 13 OS.

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The South Korean tech giant is committed to bringing the latest software experience and new features to Galaxy devices. With long software support, consumers can keep their Galaxy smartphone or tablet for a longer period even without compromising security.

As always, Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Z series devices may be eligible for Android 14-based One UI 6.0 Beta testing activity, sometime in August this year. However, the company may also join some Galaxy A series models in its Beta Program.

Samsung Android 14 Device List

Samsung flagships launched in 2021 and later are eligible for up to four generations of OS upgrades. The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S23 series phones would get the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update. The affordable variant of the Galaxy S21 series – Galaxy S21 FE is also listed to get One UI 6 this year.

Galaxy Z Series

  • Z Fold 4
  • Z Fold 3
  • Z Flip 4
  • Z Flip 3

Galaxy S Series

  • S23, S23+ & S23 Ultra
  • S22, S22+ & S22 Ultra
  • S21, S21+ & S21 Ultra
  • S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S22 S23 Ultra

Apart from flagships, various Galaxy A, Galaxy M and Galaxy F series devices will also receive the Android 14. You can check the list below.

Galaxy A Series

  • A54, A34, A24, A14, A04, A04e & A04s
  • A73, A53, A33, A23, A13
  • A72, A52, A52s

Galaxy Tab Series

  • Tab S8, Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra
  • Tab S7 FE

Galaxy M Series

  • M04
  • M53, M33, M13

Galaxy F Series

  • F04
  • F23, F13

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Samsung Android 14 Ineligible Device List

Sadly, the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series won’t receive the Android 14-based One UI 6.0 firmware. These devices were released with Android 10 out of the box and Samsung fulfilled its commitment to delivering three major OS until Android 13. The below listed models won’t get Android 14.

  • S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, S20 FE
  • Z Fold 2, Z Flip
  • Note 20, Note 20 Ultra
  • S10 Lite
  • Note 10 Lite
  • A12, A51, A71
  • M22, M52
  • Tab S7, Tab S7+
  • Tab S6 Lite (2020)
  • Tab A8 (2021)
  • Tab A7 Lite
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Samsung Galaxy devices that won’t get Android 14 (One UI 6.0) update



Unlocked Samsung S20 FE One UI 5.1 

In late October, Samsung released Android 13-based One UI 5.0, and expansion started on November 7. Later, the company brought One UI 5.1, which started to land on Galaxy devices on February 13. However, here’s a list of Samsung Galaxy devices that won’t receive the Android 14 (One UI 6.0) update.

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Back in February, Google released the Android 14 Developer Preview 1 (DP2 on Mar. 8) to eligible Pixel phones. However, Samsung’s One UI 6 Beta testing is expected to start by the end of July or early August, followed by a Stable release later this year. Read more → Everything about One UI 6.0

The Galaxy flagships debuted after the S21 series are eligible for four major OS upgrades. At the same time, select mid-range phones, starting with Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A73, are also eligible to get up to four generations of Android upgrades and five years of patches.

The Galaxy S20 series and Note 20 series smartphones are no longer eligible for any major firmware upgrade. The same case is for the Galaxy Z Flip (LTE/5G), S20 FE (LTE/5G), Z Fold 2 5G, Note 10 Lite, S10 Lite, A51, and A71 devices.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE smartphone

It’s worth mentioning that all of the devices have received the Android 13-based One UI 5 as their third major update. As per the company’s software update policy, Samsung devices mentioned above (below in list format) won’t be receiving the next big Android update – Android 14.

  • Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Flip – LTE/5G
  • Galaxy S20 FE – LTE/5G
  • Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy A51 and A71

If you want to experience the upcoming Android 14-based One UI 6 software, upgrading to the Galaxy S23 is the best option for now. In the second half, Samsung will release the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 devices, which will also be getting One UI 6 in priority.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 series deserves one more big OS upgrade

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