What to Expect from Android 14: Improved Privacy, Security, and System Health

Gabbie Odonkor

Google has recently released the second developer preview for Android 14, the upcoming smartphone software for Google Pixel devices. While the new software doesn’t offer many brand-new features, it is expected to refine and streamline existing features and settings, including privacy, security, and system health. With the last developer preview now available, Android 14 is expected to move to the open beta stage of testing before its planned public release later in 2023. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at which devices will be compatible with Android 14 and what features we can expect from the new software.

Android 14 Developer Preview 2 Released

Google has recently released the second developer preview for Android 14, which is expected to be the last before the software moves on to the open beta stage of testing.

Android 14 Developer Preview 2

Android 14 Expected to Refine Existing Features and Settings

Android 14 is the upcoming smartphone software for Google Pixel devices and is planned for public release later in 2023. While Android 14 doesn’t offer many brand-new features, it is expected to refine and streamline existing features and settings, including privacy, security, and system health.

Compatible Devices for Android 14

If you’re wondering whether your current Android smartphone will be compatible with Android 14, here are the phones that should support it.

Google Pixel devices, including Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, and Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, are among the first to get the developer preview, and will likely be the first to receive the official release. However, Google has decided to cut off some of the older Pixel devices with Android 14.

Samsung’s Galaxy S23, S22, and S21 series, as well as the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3, are expected to support Android 14, given Samsung’s several years of support for its flagship phones.

OnePlus phones have had software upgrade support for four years, but this rule only applies to the most recent release, the OnePlus 11. Older OnePlus smartphones, such as the OnePlus 10T, OnePlus 10 Pro, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 8, and OnePlus 8 Pro, are promised three years of software updates. It’s safe to assume that the 10- and 9-series devices will get the Android 14 update, while the OnePlus 8 devices’ fate remains to be confirmed by OnePlus.

Google Pixel Devices to Receive Official Release First

Google Pixel devices, including Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, and Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, are among the first to get the developer preview, and will likely be the first to receive the official release.

Samsung Expected to Support Android 14 for Flagship Phones

Samsung’s Galaxy S23, S22, and S21 series, as well as the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3, are expected to support Android 14, given Samsung’s several years of support for its flagship phones.

OnePlus Devices to Get Android 14 Update, but Older Models Limited

OnePlus phones have had software upgrade support for four years, but this rule only applies to the most recent release, the OnePlus 11. Older OnePlus smartphones, such as the OnePlus 10T, OnePlus 10 Pro, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 8, and OnePlus 8 Pro, are promised three years of software updates. It’s safe to assume that the 10- and 9-series devices will get the Android 14 update, while the OnePlus 8 devices’ fate remains to be confirmed by OnePlus.

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Gabriel Djabatey Odonkor , known professionally as Gabbie Odonkor, is a Ghanaian blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.
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