Android 13 is still very new, but we are already talking about Android 14
What do you want to know
- A new report highlights some features that are expected to arrive in Android 14.
- Features include predictive return gesture, satellite connectivity and AV1 decoding support.
- Google will likely push developer preview testing into early 2023, where we’ll know more.
Android 13 is still very new, with the stable software only available on Pixels and some OPPO/OnePlus phones while everyone continues testing. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t start talking about Android 14, and it looks like the conversation has already started.
Mishaal Rahman, Senior Technical Writer at Esper, provided a deep dive in some possible features that we can expect to see when Android 14 starts rolling. Although it is not a extensive dive deep into everything we’ll see with the update, he says he’s confident these features will appear in Android 14. So what can we expect?
Rahman says that Google might launch a predictive return gesture it’s working on with Android 13. Since gestures can be confusing, especially for consumers, Google hopes to remedy this by minimizing the app to give users a glimpse of the launcher if the gesture is defined. to exit the application.
This way, users can better understand their use of the back gesture and avoid exiting the app if that was not their intention.
Apparently, this is already available in Android 13’s AOSP Launcher3, although it can only be enabled in Developer Options if it’s available on the particular app. Users can already try this with the Phone app on Pixel devices.
Rahman also points to better support for AV1 decoding in 2023 and beyond as Google continues to push the codec to more devices. It’s basically a way to deliver higher quality video at lower bitrates, which makes it much more efficient when streaming video, especially at 4K and higher resolutions. According to Rahman, AV1 will likely be a requirement in Android 14.
This is already something found in the new Chromecast with Google TV (HD), and AV1 could also be coming to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, meaning more phones could receive codec support in coming years.
A feature that’s been popping up more recently is satellite connectivity, and Google has already said it supports the feature in Android 14.
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Rahman says it’s unclear what that means since the partnership between T-Mobile and SpaceX is expected to support existing phones through the former’s midrange spectrum usage. However, it could be some sort of UI related feature, as we know phones will need to be pointing directly at a satellite for the feature to work well (or not at all). Apple demonstrated this with the iPhone 14 Proso maybe Android 14 will make it easy for users to know if their phone is pointing to a satellite.
Either way, the new Space Race is just getting started for smartphones, and it could be amazing for consumers or just some more hyped-up tech we’d spend money on.
There’s quite a bit in Rahman’s report, so we suggest take a look to get a first idea of what we might expect when Android 14 releases next year.
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