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Android 13 is rolling out and it’s time to turn to Android 14. Google’s next mobile OS update is expected to launch in 2023. Launch date, what’s new, name, compatibility, NextPit tells you everything you should know about Android 14.

Most flagships have already received or are in the process of receiving Android 13. The update is even already being rolled out to some entry-level and mid-range smartphones. Some manufacturers like Samsung even promise an even faster deployment of Android 14. That said, let’s now see what we can expect from Android 14.

Android 14: When will Google’s new mobile OS be released?

Android releases follow a fairly predictable schedule, with specific phases set to help app developers and device makers prepare for the new release. The update is usually launched around the third quarter of the year.

The first official announcement comes with the release of the first Developer Preview (DP), which showcases the features still under development for the system. The next step usually takes place at Google I/O, the company’s developer conference, traditionally held in May and where the first beta is often announced.

Android has been following a similar development schedule for a few years / © Google

After about three to five betas, Google says the release “includes an Android release candidate.” It means that the feature set is final and, at least for app developers, that all application interfaces (APIs) are ready for testing apps and games.

After fixing a few bugs, mostly related to stability issues for Pixel smartphones, Google releases the stable version, coinciding with the announcement of a new generation of Pixel. This presentation takes place between August and October from Android 6 (Marshmallow, at the time of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P).

Recent schedule of the launch of the new version of Android

Version Announcement / Preview Beta Release Candidate Stable release
Android 13 (2022) February (DP1) April July (Beta 4) August
Android 12 (2021) February (DP1) May September (Beta 5) October
Android 11 (2020) February (DP1) June August (Beta 3) September
Android 10 (2019) March (Beta 1) March August (Beta 6) September
Android 9 Pie (2018) March (DP) May July (Beta 4) August

Android 14: What will the new version be called?

Even though Google stopped using the Android codename in its official marketing campaign after Android 10, the tradition lives on among OS developers and engineers.

For 2023, Google developers didn’t really have many options for desserts starting with the letter U. So in April 2022, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository received an update alluding to the name of android 14 dessert code: Upside down cake. Despite this, the next version should officially be called only “Android 14”.

Upside down cake

An upside down cake is baked with the toppings on the bottom of the pan, giving it a flat appearance / © nelea33/Shutterstock

Android 14: The expected novelties

Although we are still several months away from the launch of the Android 14 beta program, some features are already in development. And the open-source development of the OS already gives some clues about what we can expect from the stable version.

Satellite connections

Like the feature Satellite Emergency SOS iPhone 14s, satellite connection will also be coming to (at least some) Android smartphones in 2023. The new connection option was announced by Google Senior Vice President Hiroshi Lockheimer, but he didn’t give details on its implementation.

It is therefore not known whether it will only be for emergency calls, SMS, or with low-speed data connections.

The end of Android Beam

With the rise of Nearby Share in recent versions of Android, its predecessor will eventually be removed from the Android code base, having been removed from most overlays over the past few years. Although many people won’t miss Android Beam, this feature had an advantage over Nearby Share because it didn’t depend on Google Mobile Services (GMS).

This allowed AOSP-based overlays like EMUI/HarmonyOS and FireOS to potentially include support for data transfer functionality.

Android 14: Compatible smartphones

As usually happens with every new release of Android, Google’s Pixel line will be the first to receive the new release. The releases of the new version of Android are generally synchronized with that of a new generation of Pixel. The Pixel 8 should therefore be the first smartphone to have Android 14.

The update should be available the same day for other Google smartphones, starting with the Pixel 5.

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As usual, Google’s Pixels should be the first to receive Android 14 / © NextPit.

Update availability for other makes and models will vary a lot. We therefore recommend that you consult our guide to each manufacturer’s update policy.

This article will be constantly updated until the stable version of Android 14 is released. Be sure to follow NextPit on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram to be alerted about new features, development releases and compatible devices!



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