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Android 14 First Developer Preview Available Now

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It’s finally here! After months of anticipation and speculation, Google has officially launched the Android 14 Developer Preview. This new preview comes with some major improvements and features that will help developers create better apps and experiences for their end users.

Google has just launched the Android 14 first Developer Preview for Pixel, giving developers a first look at the upcoming version of their mobile operating system. With the launch of Android 14, Google is introducing new features and improvements that are designed to make developing the platform easier and more powerful than ever before.

Five tentpoles are present as of Android 14 Developer Preview 1, with”Working across devices and form factor” as the first. In order to accommodate tablets and foldable form factors, Android 14″ builds on the work done in Android 12L and 13″ according to Google. With each new Android release, Google hopes to make it simpler to optimise apps for different form factors. They mention recent work on layouts and large screen guidelines. Google mentions the Cross-Device SDK, which will power the cross-device audio switching introduced earlier this year when it comes to operating across devices.

The most notable features of Android 14 developer preview 1 include:

  • API behavioral improvements: Changes have been made to API behaviors in order to offer users a more consistent app experience across devices while reducing system resource usage. There is also updated guidance to help developers capitalize on multitasking and features unique to large screens for building their mobile apps for more devices.
  • Battery life and system health improvements: Improvements to the internal broadcast system will help make device battery life and battery consumption more efficient for users.
  • More customization options: Android 14 is offers enhanced accessibility and language features.
    • Android 14 makes it easier for developers to allow users to choose their preferred language for individual apps and add support for different terms of address when referring to users in a gendered language.
    • In accommodating low-vision users, Android 14 has an increased font size of up to 200% (up from 130%) and automatic non-linear font scaling to mitigate common layout issues and make text more readable.

Google released a schedule for upcoming Android 14 updates and anticipated releases up until its official launch. Two developer previews, one each in February and March, will be followed by four Android 14 beta releases, one every month through the end of July.

As for Android 14, the Developer Preview 1 is now available for the Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel 6a, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 5, and Pixel 4a (5G). 

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For now, again, this is developer-only stuff and requires manual work to get running. Most of you shouldn’t take it on. Google specifically says as much in today’s announcement post, so listen to them.


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Galaxy Z Flip 6 has Desktop Mode similar to Samsung DeX

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Samsung DeX is one of the most appreciative features of Galaxy devices, which allows users to take advantage of several applications on the desktop directly through their connected smartphone. However, the availability of the feature is limited to some devices.

In simple words, the application is available for flagship devices, but the feature was still absent from the Flip lineup. With the latest Galaxy Z Flip 6, Samsung has introduced desktop mode for the devices, But it’s not similar to the Samsung DeX.

According to the information, the Desktop mode allows users to easily connect the smartphone to an external monitor or TV, so it can benefit from a desktop system that can be used with all the applications on our phone.

Samsung DeX to be available on the Galaxy Z Flip 6

However, it is currently spotted by Android Authority, which claims it. The feature is hidden under the One UI 6.1.1 settings, and to enable it, the developer has to force desktop mode on. According to the screenshot shared, it lacks some features like Taskbar.

Meanwhile, the multi-window feature works seamlessly; it even allows you to resize and move app windows. However, the split screen feature displays on the phone’s screen rather than the external display, and the maximize and minimize buttons for windows don’t work.

It looks like an internal experiment run by Samsung, and it may soon work seamlessly in the coming days by capturing more potential in the desktop mode for the Galaxy Z Flip series.


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Good news foldable fans: A new leak reveals launch time for Galaxy Z Fold 6 slim

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Galaxy Z Fold 6

Samsung always keeps its users ahead in terms of new technology and other innovations. Foldable devices are one prime example. The Korean giant is one of the companies that initiated the foldable device concept and started making it available commercially. Now, with the latest development, the company has introduced the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6 devices.

This time, Samsung is planning to launch more variants of its latest foldable in the form of Slim/Ultra. We have already reported on the availability of this new foldable based on rumours. Now, a popular tipster has shared information about the timing of the device’s launch.

According to the tipster ICE Universe, Samsung could launch the Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slip in October. He also mentions the markets, including South Korea, and the device will be rebranded as W25 in China.

According to another report, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim will have a 19:5:9 aspect ratio. Meanwhile, the Korean outlet reported that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 Slim or Ultra have a 6.5-inch screen and an 8-inch internal display. As the latest version, it should bring more new hardware to compete in the coming days.


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Google Play system July 2024 update brings major Play Store enhancements

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Google frequently brings new updates to the Play system store, which brings several new features and enhancements under the several internal functions of the devices, allowing users to take advantage of the full potential of the devices. Now, with the July 2024 update, the company is aiming to bring new changes to its several built-in applications.

Google Play system July 2024 update brings changes to Google Play Store, play services and many more

Google introduces new changes for its leading applications, including Google Play services and the Google Play store, every month. The company doesn’t release one software update to enhance these but distributes frequent updates many times a month.

According to the changelog, the Google Play store is experiencing several new changes. Users can now see more updates about the game directly from the developer. Play Protect can also remove permissions from unsafe apps to further protect users.

Now, when you click ads for apps, the Play store will directly open the app page for you to check out the details. Along with this, Japan users will get the exclusive tab to see comics, including manga, webtoon, and anime content.

Meanwhile, the Google Play services also have several improvements, like joining your phone hotpot from your tablet without having to manually set anything. The company also made some new changes to maintain the account management and security of the devices.

How to get the latest update

It is worth noticing that these changes will be distributed as new changes in the form of software updates. To get the latest update, you need to keep an eye on the working update available from the Google Play system update, which you can check through the system main settings.


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