Google has started testing the new version of the Android 14 operating system and is giving developers a try today. Currently, it does not allow to learn details about the new functionality, but rather to see small “organizational” changes in the interface. Developers will also be able to test their own applications with the new OS.

The company itself, describing the update on its blog, says that Android 14 “builds on the work done in Android 12L and 13 to support tablets and foldable form factors.”

This is quite expected, because Google plans to show the previously announced tablet of its own production, and rumors about the development of a new foldable smartphone in the Pixel line appear on the Internet from time to time.

Since Android 12, the system has received the Material You design, which has been fixed in the current version. With it, the company helped the user to better adjust the system to his own preferences and needs. What additions users will get with the next release, the first developer version does not show much, but it does show some details, such as the ability to increase the size of fonts up to 200% (previously the maximum reached 130%).

Android 14 testing has begun. The system is being improved for use on tablets and foldable smartphones

Also, Android 14 cares more about battery life, which is reflected in changes in low-level parts of the system. Some are system-specific, while others developers will have to work with to update their own apps.

Of course, data privacy and system security are also improved. Again, these are mostly system changes so far, but third-party applications will need to be more specific in their requests to other components, and any code loaded should be read-only to avoid potential code injection. Also, the system will not allow the installation of old applications for Android 6 and earlier versions.

Android 14 testing has begun. The system is being improved for use on tablets and foldable smartphones

The first version of Android 14 for developers can be installed on Pixel smartphones starting with the 4a (5G) model. As always, it is not worth doing this with your only device, because it is not yet known what potential problems may appear in the initial stage of testing. More details about the capabilities of the new system should be expected by June, and the official launch of the OS is planned around August of this year.