Google has officially unveiled Android 14 during its “Made By Google” event held in New York City.
The company introduced Android 14, highlighting its new features, including enhanced customization options and improved accessibility features.
The rollout of Android 14 has already begun for supported Pixel devices, with plans to extend its availability to Samsung Galaxy, iQOO, Nothing, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi devices later this year.
One of the key highlights of Android 14 is the emphasis on personalization. The updated customization picker in Android 14 simplifies the process of switching between wallpapers and quickly making adjustments to your device’s visual preferences.
With this software update, users can configure custom lock screen shortcuts, such as a QR reader or the Google Home app, for convenient one-tap access to their favorite applications or tools directly from the lock screen.
Android 14 offers users a variety of new lock screen templates, encompassing fonts, widgets, colors, and formats. Google has harnessed the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to ensure that these templates adapt to your current circumstances. For example, if the weather in your location is expected to deteriorate, the lock screen will prioritize the weather widget, making it more prominent and informative.
For those seeking a more visually appealing and soothing experience, Android 14 provides the option to select a monochromatic theme. Google claims that this monochromatic theme imparts a sleek and minimalist look to your entire device, enhancing its overall aesthetic.
Google has also revealed that Android 14 includes fresh enhancements and functionalities designed to benefit users with low-vision and those who are hard-of-hearing. Among these improvements, the magnifier feature in Android 14 has been made more user-friendly. Now, you can easily zoom in and out from 100% by using a pinch-to-zoom gesture.
Furthermore, users now have the flexibility to adjust the size of the magnifier through the newly introduced “Magnifier Settings” panel. Within this panel, users can also personalize the extent to which the screen is magnified to suit their preferences. Additionally, there is a handy new setting called “Keep on when switching apps” that prevents the magnifier from being disabled when switching between applications.
Another noteworthy feature is the ability to swiftly alter the font size of text on your device using the “Quick Settings” option. This functionality enhances text readability through nonlinear font scaling, which means that larger font sizes enlarge at a slower rate compared to smaller ones. Google’s goal here is to ensure that text that is already sufficiently large doesn’t become unnecessarily oversized, enabling users to comfortably read their screens without text being cut off or disrupting the page layout.