What you need to know
- A new report highlights some of the features expected to arrive in Android 14.
- Among the features are the predictive back gesture, satellite connectivity, and AV1 decoding support.
- Google will likely push developer preview testing in early 2023, as we’ll find out more.
Android 13 is still very new, the firmware is only available on Pixels and select OPPO/OnePlus phones while everyone else continues to test. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t start talking about Android 14, and it looks like the conversation has already started.
Mishaal Rahman, Senior Technical Editor at Esper, presented a deep diving Here are some of the possible features we can expect to see when Android 14 starts rotating. While it is not a file comprehensive deep dive in everything We will see with the update, he is confident that these features will appear in Android 14. So what can we expect?
Rahman says Google may release a predictive back signal it has been working on Android 13. Since gestures can be confusing, especially for consumers, Google hopes to fix this by minimizing the app to give users a preview of the launcher if the gesture is set to exit the app.
This way, users can better understand their use of the back gesture and stay away from exiting the app if that is not their intentions.
Apparently, this is already available in AOSP Launcher3 of Android 13, although it can only be enabled in developer options if it is available in a specific app. Users can already experience this using the Phone app on Pixel devices.
Rahman also refers to greater support for AV1 In 2023 and beyond as Google continues to push the codec on more devices. This is an essential way to provide high-quality video at lower bit rates, which makes it more efficient when streaming video, especially at 4K and higher resolutions. According to Rahman, AV1 is likely to be a requirement in Android 14.
One of the features that has appeared recently is satellite communication, and Google has already stated that construction support for feature in Android 14.
It’s hard to think of user experiences for phones that can connect to satellites. When we launched the G1 in 2008, getting 3G + Wifi was an extension. We are now designing for satellites. Fabulous! Excited to support our partners enabling all of this in the next version of Android!September 1, 2022
Rahman says it is unclear what this means since T-Mobile and SpaceX Partnership It is expected that the current phones thanks to the use of the mid-spectrum will support the previous one. However, it might be somewhat of a UI related to the feature since we know phones have to point directly at the satellite for the feature to work well (or at all). Apple has proven it with iPhone 14 ProSo perhaps Android 14 will allow users to easily see if their phone is pointing to a satellite.
Whatever, New space race It’s just getting started for smartphones, and it could be a great thing for consumers or just an overrated technology for us to spend money on.
There is a great deal of Rahman report, so we suggest you take a look To get an initial idea of what we might expect when Android 14 rolls out next year.
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