Google has released the first beta of Android 14, the next major version of its mobile operating system.
One of the standout features of Android 14 is its support for 10-bit High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. By retaining a greater amount of sensor information when capturing photos, this cutting-edge technology ensures that images appear richer, more vibrant, and incredibly detailed.
The beta is available for a limited number of smartphones, including the Google Pixel 6 and 7, as well as devices from other manufacturers such as Samsung, OnePlus, and Xiaomi.
Android 14 includes a number of new features and improvements, including:
- A new design language called Material You, which allows users to customize the look and feel of their device
- Support for 10-bit HDR images, which can capture more detail and range of colors
- A new mid-display back arrow for faster navigation
- An improved system share sheet
- New privacy features, such as a microphone and camera indicator that shows when these sensors are being used
At I/O 2023, it was shown the new ways to personalize your Android phone, powered by Google’s advances in generative AI technology.
Although the official release of Android 14 is slated for later this year, eager tech enthusiasts need not wait to get their hands on the latest features. Google has confirmed that owners of select smartphones, including its own-brand Pixel devices, can now participate in the Android 14 beta testing phase.
The Android 14 beta is a preview of the upcoming release, and it is not recommended for everyday use. The software is still under development, and it may contain bugs. However, if you are interested in trying out the new features, you can sign up for the beta program at the Android Developers website.
Here are the smartphones that are currently compatible with the Android 14 beta:
Pixel 4a (5G)
Pixel 5 and 5a
Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
Xiaomi 13 Pro, Xiaomi 13, Xiaomi 12T
Nothing Phone (1)
Oppo Find N2 Flip
Tecno Camon 20 series
Vivo X90 series
Lenovo Tab Extreme
Realme GT 2 Pro
If you have one of these devices, you can sign up for the Android 14 beta program at the Android Developers website. To learn more about the Android 14 beta, visit the Android Developers blog.