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Everything You Need to Know About Android 14

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Android 14 was officially released on October 4, 2023, bringing a host of new features and improvements to enhance customization, control, and accessibility for users. Users can enjoy more ways to personalize their devices with an updated customization picker, new lock screen templates, generative AI wallpapers, and a monochromatic theme.

The update introduces non-linear font scaling up to 200%, better support for hearing aids, and flash notifications to ensure users don’t miss important alerts. Android 14 emphasizes health, safety, and data protection, giving users more control over app permissions and encouraging enhanced security measures.

New Features

Non-linear Font Scaling

Android 14 supports font scaling up to 200%, allowing low-vision users more accessibility options that align with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)​.

Ultra HDR for Images

The new version adds support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) images, enabling more vibrant colors and greater contrast when taking photos.

Enhanced Camera Extensions

Android 14 upgrades camera extensions to handle longer processing times, enabling improved images using compute-intensive algorithms like low-light photography on supported devices​.

In-Sensor Zoom

This feature allows users to implement request override controls for zoom control even before other camera controls are ready​.

Lossless USB Audio

The update includes support for lossless audio formats for audiophile-level experiences over USB wired headsets.

Foreground Service Types

Apps targeting Android 14 must specify at least one foreground service type for each foreground service within the app.

Enforcement of BLUETOOTH_CONNECT Permission

Android 14 enforces the BLUETOOTH_CONNECT permission when calling the BluetoothAdapter getProfileConnectionState() method for apps targeting Android 14 or higher​.

Customization Picker

Android 14’s updated customization picker makes it easier to switch between wallpapers and update what you want to see at a glance.

Generative AI Wallpapers

This feature uses AI-generated text-to-image diffusion models to help users create unique wallpapers​.

Webcam Use

Users can soon use their Android phone as a webcam on a video call by connecting a USB cable between the phone and any Windows, MacOS, or Chrome OS computers​. 

Summing Up

In this post, we’ve explored the exciting new features that Android 14 brings to our devices. While there are numerous updates, some stand out as particularly significant for enhancing user experience. To stay informed about the latest advancements in technology, be sure to check our latest blogs.

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