We’ve got exciting news for Android users – Android 14 has arrived with a range of new features to make your device more personalised, protected, and accessible. With improvements to photo quality, new themes, and AI-generated wallpapers, you can truly make your device your own. Plus, there are privacy updates for your health, safety, and data, as well as expanded accessibility features.
One of the standout features of Android 14 is the ability to make your device more personalised than ever before. With Ultra HDR, you can take your picture quality to the next level, while dynamic, monochromatic themes allow you to create a sleek and grayscale aesthetic. And with AI-generated wallpapers, the possibilities are endless – just follow the guided prompts to express yourself however you like.
But it’s not just about aesthetics – Android 14 also offers important privacy updates to keep you safe. You can now choose what access you grant to apps, and Android 14 proactively gives you easy-to-understand info about apps’ data permissions. Plus, with a recommended six-digit unlock password and the ability to unlock automatically once you enter the correct PIN, your device is more secure than ever.
Key Features of Android 14
We’re excited to share the latest features of Android 14 with you. With this new upgrade, you can make your device more personal, protected and accessible than ever before. Here are some of the key features that you can expect:
Improved Photo Quality
Android 14 introduces Ultra HDR support, which allows you to take HDR images and display them on brilliant HDR screens for more vibrant colours, brighter highlights and darker shadows. This feature takes your picture quality to the next level, making your photos look more stunning than ever before.
Android 14 offers a whole new customisation picker that makes personalising your lock screen and home screen even easier. You can express your personality without having to unlock your device. Plus, you can tailor your screens even more on Pixel devices with custom clocks and lock screen shortcuts. You can apply dynamic, monochromatic themes to your widgets, icons, buttons, backgrounds and animations to create a less distracting, more sleek and grayscale aesthetic.
Android 14 proactively gives you easy-to-understand info about apps’ data permissions, making it easier for you to choose what access you grant to apps to keep you safe. You can also strengthen your device security with a recommended six-digit unlock password and reduce friction with the new ability to unlock automatically once you enter the correct PIN of six digits or more. Health Connect is now right in your Settings, giving you a central way to connect your favourite health and fitness apps, see your health and fitness data in one place and stay in control of your privacy.
Android 14 offers improved sight and sound accessibility. You can pinch-to-zoom and set your magnification preference for use across apps. The text is more readable when scaling, and you can change your font size with a tap in Quick Settings. It’s also easier than ever to support hearing aids.
Android 14 introduces unique, truly customised wallpapers powered by artificial intelligence. With Android 14, you can follow the guided prompts to express yourself however you imagine. Wallpapers are limited only by your imagination.
Android 14 is coming first to Pixel phones, and we’re excited to test these new features even further as they become more widely available.
With Android 14, accessibility features have been expanded to make it easier for everyone to use their device. Here are two new features that have been added:
Google has added the ability to use pinch-to-zoom across all apps, making it easier to zoom in and out of content. You can also set your magnification preference for use across apps, so you don’t have to adjust it every time you use a new app.
More Readable Text When Scaling
Also, readability of text when scaling has been improved, making it easier to read text at different font sizes. You can now change your font size with a tap in Quick Settings, so you don’t have to go into the settings app to adjust it.
We believe that everyone should be able to use their device with ease, so these new accessibility features in Android 14 are welcome.
Privacy and Security Updates
Data Sharing Measures
With Android 14, Google has implemented new measures to give you greater control over your data. Android 14 proactively provides easy-to-understand information about apps’ data permissions, allowing you to choose what access you grant to keep you safe. This ensures that you can make informed decisions about which apps you trust with your data.
Strengthened Device Security
Device security is always paramount, which is why Google has introduced new measures to protect your privacy. Android 14 now recommends a six-digit unlock password, making it harder for anyone else to access your device. It has also been made easier for you to unlock your device by allowing you to automatically unlock it once you enter the correct PIN of six digits or more.
These security updates ensure that your device is protected against potential threats and that your personal information remains safe.
User Interface and Experience Enhancements
‘Make Your Device More You’
Android 14 comes with exciting new features that allow you to customise your device to reflect your personality. With the new Ultra HDR support, you can take high-quality images and display them on HDR screens for more vibrant colours, brighter highlights and darker shadows. You can also apply dynamic, monochromatic themes to your widgets, icons, buttons, backgrounds and animations, creating a less distracting, sleek and grayscale aesthetic.
Also, Android 14’s AI-generated wallpapers allow you to have unique, truly customised wallpapers that reflect your personality. You can follow guided prompts to express yourself however you imagine, making your device more personal and unique.
Lock Screen Customisation
With the new customisation picker in Android 14, you can easily personalise your lock screen and home screen. You can express your personality without having to unlock your device. Pixel devices allow you to tailor your screens even more with custom clocks and lock screen shortcuts.
Spotlight on Your Protection
Android 14 comes with privacy updates for your health, safety and data. You can now proactively get easy-to-understand information about apps’ data permissions, allowing you to choose what access you grant to apps to keep yourself safe. You can also strengthen your device security with a recommended six-digit unlock password.
Improved Sight and Sound Accessibility
Android 14 offers improved accessibility features, making it easier for everyone to use. You can now pinch-to-zoom and set your magnification preference for use across apps. More readable text when scaling and changing your font size with a tap in Quick Settings. Also, it is now easier than ever to support hearing aids.
A New Way to Avoid Missing Notifications
Android 14 makes sure that you never miss a notification again with its flash notification system. You’ll see a notification on your device via your camera flash or a flash of your screen with this feature enabled, ensuring that you never miss an all-important message.
With Android 14, you can make your device more personal, protected and accessible. Upgrade your device now to enjoy these new features and more.
How to Get Android 14
To get Android 14, simply wait for a notification to appear on your device indicating that the update is ready. Once you receive the notification, follow the prompts to download and install the latest version of the operating system.
It’s important to note that Android devices are continuously updated with new features and monthly security updates, so it’s recommended to always keep your device up to date to ensure your data stays safe and your apps remain useful.
Currently, Android 14 is only available for Pixel phones, but it’s expected to roll out to other devices in the near future. Keep an eye out for updates from your device manufacturer or carrier regarding the availability of Android 14 on your specific device.
Getting Android 14 is a simple process that will allow you to take advantage of the latest features and improvements to the operating system.