Android 14 is launched and here is what you need to know about it as a developer. Android 14 launch date was announced few months ago and hype was already built due to their exciting features like HDR Display, Monochromatic theme, AI Generated Wallpapers and specially their Lock Screen customization feature. Although all of these exciting features are amazing as an end user, but it could be a pain for Developers if not learned the proper way. This post is about giving you some Android 14 essential developer insights to let you know what you need as an Android Developer.

Android 14 official developer release page tell a lot about the Android 14 exciting features which we are going to summarize in this post. In the top of that official release page it market android 14 with following features,

  • Better camera experience with Ultra HDR
  • Lossless USB Audio
  • Make your app more expressive and personal with predictive back, per-app languages, grammatical inflection, and more.

New features and APIs for Android 14:

  • Per-app language preferences: Apps can support different languages for different users and customize the list of supported languages dynamically.
  • Grammatical Inflection API: Apps can add support for grammatical gender without refactoring their code.
  • Regional preferences: Users can personalize temperature units, the first day of the week, and numbering systems, and apps can access these preferences through APIs.
  • Font scaling up to 200%: Apps can provide better accessibility options for low-vision users with nonlinear font scaling.
  • Custom app actions and preview results for system sharesheet: Apps can add custom actions to the system sharesheet and provide more informative preview results for users.
  • Predictive back system animations: Apps can opt in to predictive back system animations per-Activity and use new Material Component animations for Bottom sheets, Side sheets, and Search.
  • Java 17 language support: Apps can use new Java 17 features such as Text Blocks, Pattern Matching for instanceof, and Sealed classes.
  • PackageInstaller API improvements: Apps can request user approval before committing the install session, indicate update ownership, ensure app updates happen at an opportune moment, and install new features of an app seamlessly.
  • App metadata: Apps can specify app metadata such as data safety practices to include on app store pages.
  • Screenshot detection API: Apps can register callbacks on a per-activity basis when the user takes a screenshot while that activity is visible.
  • Per-app overrides: Apps can disable OEM overrides for their app on large screen devices.
  • Path API improvements: Apps can query paths to find out what’s inside of them and interpolate between two different paths

By Abdul Rehman

My name is Abdul Rehman and I love to do Reasearch in Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Engineering related fields. With 10+ years of experience in Research and Development field in Embedded systems I touched lot of technologies including Web development, and Mobile Application development. Now with the help of Social Presence, I like to share my knowledge and to document everything I learned and still learning.

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