Get Ready for Android 14: What’s New and How to Prepare

Jasper Beaumont

25 Mar 2023

Get Ready for Android 14: What’s New and How to Prepare

With each new year comes a new version of the Android operating system, and this year it's time for Android 14. It promises to bring major updates and potentially a brand-new look. Developers have already got their hands on the Developer Preview, and public betas should soon follow. This article will tell you what you can expect from Android 14 and how to get ready for it. 

Android 14 is going by its codename 'Upside Down Cake' during development, though that may change when the official release arrived later in 2021. Some features we know about include improved performance with better memory management, support for 5G networks, more privacy options such as secure sharing of Wi-Fi passwords between phones without having to manually enter them in settings, haptic feedback navigation gestures instead of traditional buttons, an improved dark mode setting with enhanced color accents across apps, as well as more personalized conversations that are tailored towards individual user preferences. 

Alongside these performance improvements and customizations come some aesthetic changes too – including refreshed icons that'll be rolling out throughout all native Google apps like YouTube or Gmail; they’re said to be simpler yet bolder than before. The notification panel has also been spruced up so users can see notifications at a glance without having to open each app individually just to catch up on news or messages from friends or colleagues. 

In order to make sure your device gets updated with all the latest features once they're available later this year, you'll need an active internet connection so your phone can download firmware updates via OTA (over-the-air) downloads whenever necessary – some phones require these manual checks even if you're connected over mobile data or Wi-Fi connections; keep this in mind especially if your device is not running stock firmware but rather something customized by third parties like manufacturers' skinned UI versions (Samsung's One UI/TouchWiz being one example). Additionally, make sure your software is up-to-date since many security issues are patched through regular update cycles, as well-meaning older versions could be prone to malicious attacks despite running smoothly otherwise – keeping tabs on upgrades won't hurt either way! 

All things considered, it looks like Android 14 will become another worthwhile upgrade, thanks mainly due to its focus on improving existing features rather than introducing completely new ones – though there are still plenty of exciting changes incoming, nonetheless! And given its compatibility requirements are relatively straightforward compared to past iterations, upgrading shouldn't pose many difficulties either, making it easier than ever before transition over once releases officially go live later this year!