Android 14 could be a trouble for low-end devices
A few weeks ago, Google launched Android 13 for its users. Yet we have started hearing new bell rings for the next Android version. Android 14 is appearing in the headlines with incredible features for all the flagships and low-end devices.
So far, the US tech maker has given some ultimate software products to its gadgets. The company has not only maintained high-tech models but also looked after budget-friendly phones and constantly served them with the latest Android builds.
As of now, Google has started the preparations for the next operating system. The company is going to unveil the system with super-ultra features. For instance, back gestures, satellite connectivity, AV1 video coding format, and more.
However, some signs hint that Android 14 could be a trouble for low-end devices. Why? Here is a great theory that defines why and how the upcoming Android version won’t benefit minimum-range gadgets.
Why there is doubt about the low-end device
Whenever a company releases a new build, it also publishes a list of eligible devices. That is because not all the models fulfill the requirement of a new system. Consequently, it’s the software that changes every time and not the handset.
Meanwhile, if we talk about budget-friendly phones, then these are the cheap versions of high-end devices. In other words, these devices provide you efficient experience with minimal storage, memory, and characteristics. But, often such parts start performing abnormally with huge upgrades.
Based on this fact, Google has changed its algorithms for Android 14. As a result, the tech makers have to assemble some mandatory changes in their devices so that they could adapt to the forthcoming operating systems.
Android 14 means massive changes
After going into the details, I feel that Android 14 means massive changes to devices. With the new operating system, Google is introducing several new regulations as well. Eventually, these rules are quite tough for cost-effective devices.
AV1 codec formatting
The list of rules begins with a new video coding format. It is a modern and improved compression system that consumes less data and energy without affecting video quality. As per the Android developers, this is a significant addition and every handheld device must support it.
Accordingly, this indicates that manufacturers have to mold their hardware products to get the Android 14 system.
64-bit apps are necessary
Google’s next step is to eliminate the 32-bit-apps in the devices. Yes, now the smartphones interested in Android 14 must have the Armv9 CPU framework, and should only support 64-bit-apps.
Till now, Android was supporting the 32-bit-apps, since they were popular in some markets. However, this has made the company lag behind iOS. Hence, to pace up in the market, Google has taken this decision.
Satellite Connectivity could also make some new changes
Yes, the details speak that Android 14 will bring satellite connectivity support. Though, I didn’t hear any changes for the devices in this aspect. Perhaps, it’s a new addition and could appear with some mandatory rules.
At some point, these changes are good for the upcoming Android-based models. But, this would greatly affect the low-end gadgets in the market. While Android 14 could be a blessing for tech-pack models, it might be a bane for cost-effective devices.
First Android 14 Developer Beta announced, launch around HarmonyOS 4
Android 14 is the next software version for the Android ecosystem. On February 8, Google stepped ahead to begin the development of this major upgrade with the first developer beta.
Google has released the roadmap for the development, beta testing, platform stability, and the final release of Android 14, which reveals meet the launch of Huawei HarmonyOS 4 later in the second half of 2023.
The first developer preview is already out for the Pixel devices. However, Google could open early access to other smartphone makers such as OnePlus by April when the open beta campaign kicks off.
As mentioned by the Android company, Android 14 is projected to reach platform stability by the end of July. But there’s still a possibility of these milestone timelines to delay, similar to last year.
For your information, the Android 14 developer preview will be a very useful and early gift to the developer community. It will pave a way for the app devs to know more about the upcoming APIs and app features ahead of the final launch.
Looking into the developer preview features, Android 14 promises to improve productivity, enhances performance, improvements to security, and privacy, and bring new customizations.
Yes, there are new tweaks and changes made over Android 12, while there are more that will be visible as the development progress further. Throughout this phase, these developers (and later users) will help to fix bugs and make improvements to the Android 14 source code.
Aside from the Android 14 developer beta, Huawei is preparing for the HarmonyOS 3.1 rollout but the company is working on HarmonyOS 4 as a major release for the next generation of Huawei devices. For now, there’s no official launch date available but we are likely to hear more on this at the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2023 event.
HarmonyOS 4 promises big upgrades over HarmonyOS 3 and a major restructure in the user interface (UI). Nonetheless, we’ll keep you posted.
(source – Android)
Despite being an Android babyface, Samsung failed to understand dynamic theme in 2022
2022 is the year of Android 13 and Android phone makers spotted sending this software update with improved dynamic theme options, but as a babyface, it seems like Samsung still has not learned the core concepts of the dynamic theme.
Introduced with Android 12, the Material You powered dyanamic theme brings brand new settings to tweak the user interface. Instead of being just a feature, the dynamic theme became a part of Android’s soul. With Android 13, Google further polished the dynamic theme so it could be adapted to all Android devices.
Dynamic Theme (Simple version): Once you apply a new wallpaper, the phone generates a range of colors based on that wallpaper. The set of colors is called a color palette and it is then applied throughout the user interface.
Following the decline of Huawei, Samsung is enjoying unlimited Android prowess. It’s projected as a major Android promoter and a babyface. And why not? After all, the South Korean phone maker keeps on posting new mobile shipment records.
However, the handling of the dynamic theme in One UI 5 (which is based on Android 13) shows that Samsung wasn’t serious about being an Android babyface in 2022.
You may want to know, how I reached this conclusion and why Samsung is a failure when it comes to precise work. Let’s find out together.
The user interface is all about appearance, and so does the dynamic theme. Using the dynamic theme on Samsung One UI 5 is different from stock Android 13.
Note: I’ve used the same pixel wallpaper on both Samsung and Pixel devices. So, we can keep the comparison on the same level.
Below is the home screen, which looks as usual on both One UI 5 and stock Android 13.
Both of the quick settings are using Material You in elements, such as quick access icons and sliders. However, the background on stock Android 13 is solid and remains black. On the other hand, Samsung uses a translucent background in the quick settings, which has not changed even with the Android 13. It is Samsung’s way of implementing features. While in some scenarios, this way obstructs the viewing experience.
For example, the translucent background is now reflecting the colors of the app opened in the background. It also compromises the look and feel of the quick settings icons and the whole quick settings UI. But it becomes subtle when used on top of the Settings menu.
Below you can check the example of the quick settings opened over the following screens.
(Left – on top of home screen wallpaper, on top of Play Store, on top of Settings menu).
The setting is an important part of UI, which we access at least once a day. The layout, font, and elements are different in these two softwares. But Samsung used a slight proportion of the color palette in the Settings’ background and remain neutral for applying to the rest of the user interface.
I love themed icons because it brings a new look to the app icons. However, Samsung’s way of doing things is a little more disappointing than what it actually looks.
Below you can check Samsung One UI icons painted with color pallets alongside stock android icons. The use and management of contrast in the background and tint on the shape (size too) are super lazy on One UI app icons.
On the flip side, stock Android gets these things done in the best way possible.
There’s further inspection on this available, apply Dark Mode and see the change.
We don’t need to explain the results. But It is certainly not nice to implement the dynamic theme for the Android babyface Samsung in 2022.
What could’ve happened?
If possible, Samsung should’ve to blend more into the material rather than bleed into the material. Improve icons, and check visibility levels of the UI elements and the current issues may resolve to an extent.
MagicOS 7/Android 13 beta rolling out for Honor phones
Last month, Honor announced Android 13 based MagicOS 7 and its beta is now rolling out for several models. The rollout is confirmed on various models mentioned in the official roadmap.
According to the information, Honor MagicOS 7 is released for closed beta testers and selected participants will move to public beta in the next phase. After completing the beta test, Honor will send stable MagicOS 7.
Let’s look into the models and their corresponding Honor MagicOS 7/Android 13 beta versions:
Honor Magic V:
The phone is receiving MagicOS 126.96.36.199 upgrading from Magic UI 188.8.131.52.
Honor Magic 3 Series:
Honor Magic 3, Magic 3 Pro, and Magic 3 Supreme Edition are receiving MagicOS 184.108.40.206 upgrading from Magic UI 220.127.116.11.
Honor Magic 4 Series:
Honor Magic 4, Magic 4 Pro, and Magic 4 Supreme Edition getting MagicOS 7 version 18.104.22.168 version upgrading from Magic UI 22.214.171.124.
Honor V40 series is also eligible to download MagicOS 7 closed beta with version 126.96.36.199 users will have to download Magic UI 188.8.131.52 and 205 to participate in the beta activity.
Honor MagicOS 7.0 is a people-centered intelligent interconnection ecosystem, it continues to improve AI Services. The software is also released with a personalized OS, protects privacy and security proactively, and updated the accessibility operation.
It’s noted that the active rollout is spreading as Log and Nolog software packages.
Currently, Honor is conducting these beta activities in China and it may soon open for global users of these devices.
- All of the eligible Honor smartphone owners must have to download the required firmware version before upgrading to MagicOS 7 closed beta.
- During the closed beta testing, users are recommended to join the software user experience improvement program. You can report or suggest features to support closed beta testing environments.
- This software update won’t erase your data but it’s recommended for you to make a backup of important files.
- Users are suggested to update system apps to meet the compatibility.