Google has improved Android's efficiency to reduce power drain, with changes to background tasks, downloads, and uploads. Additionally, the option to check "screen time since last full charge
Larger Fonts and Smarter Scaling
Android 14 allows users to scale fonts up to 200 percent, using nonlinear scaling to prevent wonky layouts and make text more readable for people with vision impairment.
Android 14 enables users to turn on camera and screen flashes for incoming notifications to help people with hearing loss.
Better Support for Large Screens
Google announced help for developers to build apps that adapt to different screen sizes, mirroring Apple's success in transitioning from iPhone to iPad to MacBook.
Restricting Photo and Video Access
Android 14 adds an option to select the specific photos and videos it is allowed to access, similar to Apple's iOS 14. This will help users feel more comfortable with the all-or-nothing nature of granting apps access.
Android 14 has improved security features, such as not allowing older apps from Android 5.1 and earlier, and improved support for authentication with passkeys enabling biometric login instead of passwords.
Android 14 has improved support for gendered languages and language customization based on region, allowing users to set systemwide temperature, calendars, and numerals. This will persist through backup and restore.
Android 14 offers system-wide customization of temperature, calendars, and numerals, as well as improved support for gendered languages and language customization based on region.
Predictive Back Gestures
Google has added a back arrow and predictive back gestures to Android, making it easier to navigate and where a back swipe will take you. It is currently unclear where a back swipe will take you.
Google is testing an option in the settings menu to enable two accounts in the same app, but it may not make the final Android 14 release. Workarounds are available, but an official Android option may work better.
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