Seasoned Android watchers will remember that major annual updates to Google’s mobile operating system came with dessert names – until Android 9 Pie in 2018. These days, it’s a little simpler : Android 13 will succeed Android 12 later this year.
While Android releases now stick to the numbers when it comes to public announcements and branding, food-related names still exist internally at Google as codenames. As 9to5Google spotted in the Android Open Source Project code, Android 14 (or Android U) is codenamed Upside Down Cake.
If you’ve never had one, an upside-down cake is exactly what it sounds like: when making a cake, the decorations are placed in the bottom of the pan and the cake batter is then poured over the top. above. After baking, turn everything over so that the decorations are on top.
Android 13 comes first
Before you can try Android 14, there’s Android 13 to wait. The operating system is currently in the developer preview stage, which should be followed by a public beta that consumers can get involved in if they wish.
After that, the full and finished version of Android 13 will roll out to everyone who owns a compatible handset. Android 12 launched in October 2021, so its successor should appear around a year later – although it could appear sooner than that. As usual, Pixel phones – including Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – will be front and center.
We’ve already received plenty of hints about what Android 13 will bring, including features to stop people from stalking you with smart beacons and improved notification control. We can also expect upgrades to Android 13 on TVs.
Analysis: what we would like to see in Android 14
There’s not much to say about Android 14 just yet, although the emergence of a codename suggests that work on the software has now begun at Google. However, we’re unlikely to hear anything official about it until 2023.
As for what we’d like to see in Android 14, at this point it’s hard to think of ways Android and iOS can improve on what we already have. Android 13 is going to introduce minor changes to phone customization options and eSIM support, but these are hardly going to revolutionize the way you use your phone.
One area where we hope Google will continue to push (and where it might have the edge over Apple) is artificial intelligence. It seems to us that phones could better determine which apps and tools we need when, and repetitive and monotonous tasks (like setting alarms and sharing photos) could become more automated.
Other than that, we’re just hoping for the usual stack of improvements around user privacy, device security, app control, and notification handling. Android updates usually include upgrades in these areas, and Android 14 should be the same.