Google has moved away from naming their major OS releases after desserts since Android Pie in 2018. The latest release, Android 14, offers a brighter and more visually appealing interface. However, the key focus remains on customization and user control over their information.
One of the ways Android 14 offers customization is through lock screens, where users can choose from multiple templates and shortcut apps. Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro users also have access to generative AI wallpapers for a unique look.
In terms of accessibility, Android 14 introduces improved screen scaling, allowing for larger and clearer texts. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with visual impairments. Additionally, hearing aid enhancements have been added, although their effectiveness is yet to be determined.
Privacy features have also been enhanced in Android 14. Data is now encrypted, and users have more visibility into how apps utilize their data. Furthermore, Health Connect serves as a central hub for managing health-related data.