Google has released the first beta version of Android 14 for Pixel smartphones, but there are features Big G is preparing for the official launch of the operating system during its Google I/O conference on May 10th. Here’s what you can expect from Google’s new operating system.
Personalization of the lock screen
The new lock screen customization feature was first spotted in 2019 during the development of Android 10 and seems to finally be available in Android 14. The customization options are still fairly sparse, but you can change the color and brightness of the watch. You can also choose the bar size between “Dynamic” and “Small”.
One of the coolest features of Android 14 is the ability to record a single application instead of recording the entire phone or tablet screen. This feature can be very useful to avoid showing something unwanted, e.g. B. incoming notifications or unexpected messages. In addition, this change may also apply to apps that share your screen, such as B. Google Meet and Discord.
Customizable lock screen shortcut keys
The Android 14 lock screen has two customizable quick access shortcuts, one for Google Home and the other for Google Wallet. Options available for these shortcuts include Video, Photo, Mute, Device Control, or Do Not Disturb.
Redesigned style and background options
Android 13’s Wallpaper and Style menu has been split into two menus in Android 14: Lock Screen and Home Screen. The first includes a whole bunch of new options, while the second includes the options to change the background, color, enable themed icons, or resize the Pixel Launcher grid. The sections use the material you design, which automatically adjusts to the size of the device.
The new version of Android will have a new format for notes, which will appear in a floating square on the left side of the screen just above the keyboard when it’s open. By clicking the icon you can see a full preview of the copied text. This way you can reduce the screen space occupied by the keyboard.
Quick setting to change font size
The latest feature discovered in Android 14 is a new field called “Font Size” that allows you to quickly change the font size of the displayed text using a slider. This can be very useful for those who have trouble reading text in some applications.