Top New Features in Android 14.

It's only a matter of time before Android 14 starts to spread to other Android smartphones, now that it's officially available on Pixel devices. While the update does follow in Apple's iOS 17's footsteps by providing a modest upgrade over Android 13 from the previous year, Android 14 has a ton of fantastic new features and improvements to offer, so much so that, if you have an Android phone that supports it, I highly recommend an immediate upgrade.AI is introduced to Android by Google (mostly in upcoming Feature Drops).More AI is one of the biggest changes Google is making to Android 14. Although it isn't quite there yet, Google has put a lot of faith in AI to help make Android 14 stand out. The company has been working hard to make its generative AI systems as powerful as ChatGPT and other platforms.One of the newest AI features is the capability to design a special wallpaper using generative AI, which heavily relies on text-to-image diffusion models to produce a wallpaper based on your input. It hasn't been released yet, and the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are expected to receive it first. On Google's blog, there is a demo that looks incredibly promising so far. ).The AI-driven Assistant At a Glance is another significant change. Recently, Google revealed plans to update its Assistant widget, enabling it to better provide information on your home screen, including accurate weather forecasts, dynamic travel updates, and even reminders about upcoming events. It's nice to see Google giving the At a Glance widget more attention in ongoing updates to the Android ecosystem because they have previously done so in a terribly underappreciated manner. While this update isn't exclusive to Android 14, it does fit into the new AI features that Google is promoting, so it seems worth mentioning. ).In order to power some of its newest camera features, many of which will debut on the new Pixel devices ., Google is also relying more on AI.Add better customization and use your phone as a webcam.The ability to use your phone as a plug-and-play webcam eliminates the need for a separate webcam for your computer and is a significant feature that Android is now adopting natively in Android 14. Although this feature has been available on iPhones for some time, Android users should continue to benefit from it in the future. During my testing, I discovered that it was simple to connect everything, and the call I used to test it featured excellent video quality from my Android phone's camera.Another significant feature that Google is enhancing in Android 14 is customization, including more ways to customize your lock screen. You can now choose widgets and even decide which shortcuts you use from your lock screen. Earlier iterations of Android-powered smartphones had this feature, but this is the first time it will be available natively in the operating system. It's a nice change, and being able to fully customize your lock screen is a welcome addition that many users will enjoy tinkering with.If you're going for a fashionable appearance, Google has also added the option to make your entire theme monochrome.improved security and increased privacy.The fact that Google is emphasizing device security onboard makes me happy. However, Google is now taking actions that prioritize user privacy, beginning with better protecting your health and fitness data. Google also boasts enhanced security in its operating system.With Android 14, it's simpler than ever to sync your health and fitness data across different apps and store it in one location. The way Google handles this data has also improved: No one, not even Google, will now be able to access the data linked to your personal health and fitness information, which will be stored only on your device. This is a significant improvement that, in all honesty, almost justifies upgrading to Android 14 on its own. Health Connect, which you can set up in the Settings section of your Android 14 device, is what makes the feature possible.Android 14's handling of on-screen pin codes represents another significant security change. A four-digit PIN was previously required for Android devices, and the "enter" button had to be pressed to confirm it. A 6-digit PIN, which is a much more secure standard, will be advised by Android 14 to unlock your phone. Additionally, you won't need to press enter anymore, making it generally simpler to unlock your phone. You won't mistakenly believe that your PIN entry was correct only to discover a mistake after pressing the enter key.Additionally, Android 14 offers easier-to-understand and more comprehensive information about an app's data permissions, which is becoming increasingly crucial as malicious apps continue to appear on the App Store and other websites. Another important reason to update . is that it's a convenient way to see why an app wants your data and exactly what data it wants.Accessibility.With Android 14, Google is finally giving Android a major accessibilit

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Top New Features in Android 14.

It's only a matter of time before Android 14 starts to spread to other Android smartphones, now that it's officially available on Pixel devices. While the update does follow in Apple's iOS 17's footsteps by providing a modest upgrade over Android 13 from the previous year, Android 14 has a ton of fantastic new features and improvements to offer, so much so that, if you have an Android phone that supports it, I highly recommend an immediate upgrade.


AI is introduced to Android by Google (mostly in upcoming Feature Drops).


More AI is one of the biggest changes Google is making to Android 14. Although it isn't quite there yet, Google has put a lot of faith in AI to help make Android 14 stand out. The company has been working hard to make its generative AI systems as powerful as ChatGPT and other platforms.


One of the newest AI features is the capability to design a special wallpaper using generative AI, which heavily relies on text-to-image diffusion models to produce a wallpaper based on your input. It hasn't been released yet, and the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are expected to receive it first. On Google's blog, there is a demo that looks incredibly promising so far. ).


The AI-driven Assistant At a Glance is another significant change. Recently, Google revealed plans to update its Assistant widget, enabling it to better provide information on your home screen, including accurate weather forecasts, dynamic travel updates, and even reminders about upcoming events. It's nice to see Google giving the At a Glance widget more attention in ongoing updates to the Android ecosystem because they have previously done so in a terribly underappreciated manner. While this update isn't exclusive to Android 14, it does fit into the new AI features that Google is promoting, so it seems worth mentioning. ).


In order to power some of its newest camera features, many of which will debut on the new Pixel devices ., Google is also relying more on AI.


Add better customization and use your phone as a webcam.


The ability to use your phone as a plug-and-play webcam eliminates the need for a separate webcam for your computer and is a significant feature that Android is now adopting natively in Android 14. Although this feature has been available on iPhones for some time, Android users should continue to benefit from it in the future. During my testing, I discovered that it was simple to connect everything, and the call I used to test it featured excellent video quality from my Android phone's camera.


Another significant feature that Google is enhancing in Android 14 is customization, including more ways to customize your lock screen. You can now choose widgets and even decide which shortcuts you use from your lock screen. Earlier iterations of Android-powered smartphones had this feature, but this is the first time it will be available natively in the operating system. It's a nice change, and being able to fully customize your lock screen is a welcome addition that many users will enjoy tinkering with.


If you're going for a fashionable appearance, Google has also added the option to make your entire theme monochrome.


improved security and increased privacy.


The fact that Google is emphasizing device security onboard makes me happy. However, Google is now taking actions that prioritize user privacy, beginning with better protecting your health and fitness data. Google also boasts enhanced security in its operating system.


With Android 14, it's simpler than ever to sync your health and fitness data across different apps and store it in one location. The way Google handles this data has also improved: No one, not even Google, will now be able to access the data linked to your personal health and fitness information, which will be stored only on your device. This is a significant improvement that, in all honesty, almost justifies upgrading to Android 14 on its own. Health Connect, which you can set up in the Settings section of your Android 14 device, is what makes the feature possible.


Android 14's handling of on-screen pin codes represents another significant security change. A four-digit PIN was previously required for Android devices, and the "enter" button had to be pressed to confirm it. A 6-digit PIN, which is a much more secure standard, will be advised by Android 14 to unlock your phone. Additionally, you won't need to press enter anymore, making it generally simpler to unlock your phone. You won't mistakenly believe that your PIN entry was correct only to discover a mistake after pressing the enter key.


Additionally, Android 14 offers easier-to-understand and more comprehensive information about an app's data permissions, which is becoming increasingly crucial as malicious apps continue to appear on the App Store and other websites. Another important reason to update . is that it's a convenient way to see why an app wants your data and exactly what data it wants.


Accessibility.


With Android 14, Google is finally giving Android a major accessibility facelift, starting with the option to set different magnification preferences across various apps. By pinching and zooming into the app you want to change the magnifier size for, you can do so whenever you want. This is useful if some apps have text that is challenging to read or if you simply need to read something quickly without donning your reading glasses.


Google has also made changes to how text scales when the font size is increased. By increasing the font size, you'll have more readable text, which should be helpful when reading longer messages or chunks of information. This is a nice feature that people with low vision should find especially helpful because scale has always been a problem on smartphones, especially when trying to increase font sizes dramatically.


Speaking of changing font sizes, Android 14 now makes it easy to do so thanks to Google's addition of a Quick Settings menu option that allows you to do so. Simply because some fonts look better when smaller or larger, depending on what I'm trying to read, this is another fantastic change for low vision users, and one I've already found myself utilizing.


The introduction of flash notifications may be one of the most divisive changes. Flash notifications are exactly what they sound like: When you receive a notification, your device's flash will activate, shining a bright light to alert you to a message or app. It can be helpful, especially for those who cannot rely on auditory alerts, but if you receive a lot of notifications, it can become annoying. Nevertheless, it is surprising that Google has waited this long to add the feature.


a broader perspective.


The operating system update from Google, Android 14, feels strong all around. There aren't any revolutionary new features, and many of the coolest ones aren't yet accessible. However, Google is doing a lot of things correctly, which demonstrates how far the company has come in developing Android into a complete and entirely user-supportive operating system.


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