There’s a new dessert in town and no, it’s got nothing to do with any food trends out there. Upside Down Cake aka Android 14 is finally here along with the Google Pixel 8 duos. As you would expect from Google, Android 14 is filled with more customization options, privacy options as well and new features that can greatly improve your overall Android experience.
In this article, we will be taking a look at all the new features coming with Android 14, compatible devices list, and more.
The update to Android 14 was made available to all supported Pixel devices after the annual Google Pixel keynote. Of course, other Android OEMs will soon follow suit to push the new Android 14 update to their supported devices.
While all of that is great, let’s now take a look at all the new features that Google has introduced in its latest operating system, Android 14.
Android 14 Release Date
Google released its first Developer Previews of Android 14 in the month of February. As it is with Android releases, users can already try out the beta version of Android 14 on select devices.
Today, Google has finally released the stable version of Android 14 for Pixel phones and the new update comes with a slew of new features and changes. We will take a look at the features later, first, let’s see which Pixel phones are eligible for this major upgrade.
Android 14 Eligible Pixel Devices
Google officially kicks off the Android 14 update for Pixel phones. Here’s the complete list of Pixel phones that are compatible with the substantial upgrade.
- Pixel 4a 5G
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 5a
- Pixel 6
- Pixel 6 Pro
- Pixel 6a
- Pixel 7
- Pixel 7 Pro
- Pixel 7a
- Pixel Fold
- Pixel 8
- Pixel 8 Pro
Other smartphone OEMs are also working on their own version of the Android 14 upgrade. Samsung is already testing the One UI 6 based on Android 14 on the Galaxy S23 series, S22 series, and more. The same can be said for OnePlus with OxygenOS 14 testing underway.
If you own a non-Pixel smartphone and looking for the list of eligible phones, then check out the complete list of Android 14 compatible devices.
Android 14 Features – What’s New?
Over the years, Google has been focused on increasing and improving the privacy of its operating system. In the case of Android 14, you get even better privacy options and settings. Now, without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at all the features of the new operating system, Android 14.
Say Hello To Monochrome Themes
Everyone loves to have colorful ones running on their Android smartphones. For some of us out there, a little monochrome would be perfect. Now, you don’t have to hunt the Google Play Store to look for a monochrome theme. Within Android 14 itself, you can simply apply the monochrome theme that comes with the OS. This theme will be applied to the whole phone and it gives a good look to it.
Generative AI Wallpapers for Pixel 8
We have seen AI being integrated everywhere and it indeed gives out really good results. Now, stay worry-free about the next wallpaper on your Android 14-powered device. Simply type in your wallpaper prompt and have the AI generate it and set it as your device’s wallpaper. At the moment, the feature is limited to Pixel 8 phones.
Fancify The Lock screen
Tired of just seeing an unwanted large-sized clock on your device’s lock screen? Well, with Android 14, you can now customize a lot of elements on the lock screen. You can choose from a variety of preset lock screen styles, add your favorite app shortcuts, change the fonts, play with the colors, choose your formats, and finally add your favorite widget to the lock screen. All of this is new on Android 14.
No Webcam? Your Android Phone Is Now One!
Yes, Google took a leaf out of Apple’s iOS 17 book and integrated it into Android 14. Now make those calls or attend those meetings in the best quality and clarity that your rAndroid smartphone has. However, you will have to make use of the USB cable to use your Android 14 smartphone as your PC’s webcam.
Ultra HDR Photos In Your Hands!
Android smartphones that support Android 14 and can take pictures in HDR will now be able to make your HDR-captured photos brighter with darker shadows, brighter highlights, and overall vibrance to your images.
All your Google Health Data is Now Stored Locally
With Android 14, apps and devices that you use to track and check your health will store all of its data on your device itself. Yes, even Google will not be able to access such personal information. Enjoy using your favorite smartwatch or smart band that you use for workouts without having to worry about such data being looked at by unknown eyes.
View Data Sharing And Permissions From Apps
Whenever an app asks for permission to access your files, location, or even your gallery, you can now choose when the app gets to make use of such permissions and you can also pick and choose select photos and videos for the app to get access to Photos and videos that you did not permit the app can never be accessed unless you make the change. While granting the app permissions, you can also see detailed information about why the app needs the permissions
Want To Unlock? Enter Your 6 Digit PIN
A feature that has been present on Android smartphones manufactured by different OEMs is now officially baked into the Android 14 OS. You can now make use of 6-digit PINs plus it will no longer display the digits that you type in. Now as soon as you type in the PIN the device will automatically unlock. You do not have to tap on the OK button anymore.
Pinch To Zoom Your Way Across All Apps
We have all used the pinch-to-zoom feature when using the web browser on our smartphones. Well, you can now pinch to Zoom on almost any app out there. You can now change the size of the magnifier as well as the zoom levels from the pop-up that appears when you pinch to zoom on the screen.
Ease In Reading Text On the Screen
Android 14 now lets you add large font sizes as well as gives you the option to scale it upto 200%. Plus there’s non-linear scaling which ensures that words in headings don’t suddenly look bigger or larger- this helps in making it easier to read text without having to strain your eyes.
Font Size – One Tap Is All It Takes
Previously changing the font size on your Android smartphone would require you to dig through the settings app. Now, with Android 14, you simply swipe down to reveal the Quick Settings panel, tap on the font size tile, and simply drag the slider to the size you want.
Notification Flashes, Finally!
With screens having fine bezels, the trusty old notification LED lost its seat. Of course, there have been creative ways to get a notification LED on the screen if you use an OLED or AMOLED display. Now get notification alerts on your Android 14-powered smartphone with the help of the flashlight on your phone. You can always choose the phone to wake the display every time you receive a notification, but not with the flashlight option, why even use that option anymore?
Hearing Aids Get Better Support
Android 14 sits the new Hearing Aids setup within the Accessibility menu. You can choose to route any audio being played from your smartphone to any herding aid that has been connected or paired to your smartphone. Plus you get better hearing aid controls that are now a shortcut whenever you use your hearing aids
Instant Earthquake Alerts
Earthquakes are natural disasters that can occur at any time. Now, if you live in an earthquake-prone zone, your Android 14-powered smartphone will quickly detect it and display it on the screen to take care of during the earthquake. Additionally, you can tap on the tips button to see what else you need or can do.
Being Stalked? Not Anymore!
Trackers are a great way to keep track of things and your baggage. However, it can be misused and can be used as a device to stalk people. Your Android 14-powered smartphone will now detect any unknown trackers or tags that might be following you or are moving with you. You will also get steps on how to disable the tracker if you do find an unknown tracker around you.
Google Assistant Widget – Now With AI
The At a Glance Google Assistant widget has been extremely useful. But now with the widget getting AI integration, you can see reminders, weather alerts, travel updates, and other upcoming events that have been added to your Google Calendar and your Gmail.
Regional Based Options and Customization
You can now choose the date format, temperature measurements, and day of the week with the new Regional Preferences page. You can also choose numeral preferences, thus making your smartphone easier to understand and make it more local to your region.
Battery Life Enhancements
Android 14 is touted to be efficient when it comes to using power. The OS is now designed to manage how it handles background running apps as well as heavy tasks like downloading or uploading files etc. And yes you now have the screen time since the last full charge option back in the battery settings menu.
Better App Support For Any Screen, Any Size
Android 14 is now geared up to work better with any type of device. Whether you have a regular bar-sized phone, tablet, folding phone, or flip phone – the apps should now automatically adjust to the size of the screen flawlessly. These options are also available to app developers so that they can implement them in their apps without having to redesign apps to fit different screen sizes.
This concludes all the new features that come with Android 14. Of course, the Google Pixel lineup of devices that support Android 14 has already begun to get the update to Android 14. Owners of their device brands will have to wait a bit for their device manufacturer to release Android updates.
What is your favorite feature of the new Android 14 update? Let us know in the comments section below.