Android 14 rollout is here!
Android 14 rollout is here for the Google-branded phones together with the launch of the Google Pixel 8 series' introduction.
Google has officially rolled out Android 14, the latest iteration of its Android operating system, and Pixel phone users (specifically 4A 5G and up) are the first in line to enjoy its new features. This release brings significant enhancements in various aspects, including customization, security, and health tracking.
See how the Android YouTube channel summarizes the Android 14 rollout in the video below.
What we've seen from the Android 14 rollout?
Android 14 is a significant update that brings a slew of new features and improvements, enhancing customization, security, and health tracking. Let's go trough the Android 14 rollout.
Enhanced Passkey support
Security is a top priority, and Android 14 takes it a step further with expanded passkey support. This means you can use your fingerprint to sign in to third-party apps, streamlining the login experience and prioritizing security.
Android's new Credential Manager consolidates various sign-in methods, such as passwords and "Sign-in with Google," offering the most secure login option.
Lock screen customizations
One of the standout features of Android 14 is the ability to customize your lock screen to a greater extent. Users can now swap between different clock styles and formats, allowing for a more personalized look and feel.
This feature adds a touch of uniqueness to your device, making it truly yours. Additionally, Google is introducing an AI-powered wallpaper generator, although initially, this will be exclusive to the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro.
To combat shady data brokers and protect user privacy, Android 14 introduces new privacy protections. These features aim to give users more control over their data and ensure a safer online experience.
Health and fitness tracking
Android's Health Connect feature is another notable addition. Similar to Apple Health, it allows users to store health and fitness data on their devices, providing a more comprehensive and secure health tracking solution.
Android 14 Monochrome theme
Android 14 DP2 introduces a new monochrome Material You theme, which can be seen as an accessibility feature. This theme transforms the Android interface into a black-and-white palette, which can be beneficial for users with specific visual preferences or needs, such as those who may be sensitive to colorful themes.
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Customizing the lock screen has been a long-standing goal for Google, and it appears that Android 14 is making progress in this regard. The Wallpaper & Style applet in the Android 14 Monochrome theme includes an option labeled "Clock Settings," indicating that users may soon be able to pick custom clock styles for their lock screens.
While this feature might not be fully functional in Android 14 Monochrome theme, it suggests that Google intends to offer more customization options in the final release of Android 14.
While Pixel users are the first to get a taste of Android 14, other smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung, Nothing, OnePlus, and more, are expected to support this update "later this year".
So, if you're not using a Pixel device, don't worry; you won't be left behind.
For a detailed look at the Android 14 update notes for Pixel devices, you can visit Google's official website.Advertisement