Google is investigating Android 14’s multiple profile update bug

Google is looking into an Android 14 bug that’s been wreaking havoc for people with multiple user profiles. On October 27th, a Google representative acknowledged the bug and said the team is “working hard on a fix” for it.

Thanks for sticking with us. Our team is looking into this storage issue affecting some Pixel devices running Android 14 and we’re working hard on a fix. We’ll update this thread with more details soon.

While the first reports were mostly from Pixel 6 owners who experienced the problem as the update started rolling out, Ars Technica reported this week that a Google issue tracker for the problem had grown beyond over 350 replies, extending to owners of many different devices. The problems range from missing apps to constant crashes to being locked out of internal storage entirely on one of their device’s user accounts.

As of now, the issue tracker has over 420 replies, with some users pasting in log files or uploading pictures of the phone’s screen. Multiple users said they can’t provide on-device screenshots because the phone reports it has no available storage to save them to. Several likened the experience to being infected with ransomware.

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Dave Burke explains Android 14’s big battery and performance improvements


  • Android 14 brings significant performance gains, with 30% less cold starts and a reduction in background activity by 50%.
  • Major improvements include changes in the system’s handling of RAM and processor workloads, resulting in noticeable improvements for users.
  • Android 14 also includes optimizations in ART (Android Runtime), reducing storage usage by 9% and freeing up 50MB to 100MB of data on optimized apps.

We’ve talked about it before, but Android 14 really seems to make a difference when it comes to performance. With the advent of Feature Drops, major OS version bumps aren’t as packed to the brim with user-facing changes as they once were. But Android 14 has several major improvements that users will surely notice even if they’re not visual upgrades or new functionality: Google has changed the way the system handles RAM and processor workloads, and the end result should be significant performance gains.

Dave Burke, Google’s Vice President of Engineering overseeing Android development, shared some insight into many of these changes in an interview on the company’s podcast, The Android Show (via 9to5Google). “We’ve done a ton of work to reduce CPU activity of background apps and the result is that there’s 30% less cold starts now on Android 14,” said Burke. “Cold starts are when you have to read the code pages off the flash and read them into memory before you execute them, right, and so a 30% reduction is pretty dramatic, and you feel that as a user.”

Google had mentioned some of this work as far back as the first developer preview build of Android 14 in February 2023. The company explained that the new version would be limiting broadcasts, which are the system’s way of communicating to apps when a critical change occurs, such as the phone’s battery level

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Google unveils its plans for Android 14’s advanced cellular security features

Last updated: August 11th, 2023 at 10:37 UTC+02:00

Google has been continuously working to improve the security features of its Android OS since its initial versions to protect users from increasing malware attacks. Now, while we are on the verge of the release of Android 14 OS, Google has revealed a ‘first-of-a-kind’ cellular connectivity security feature.

The company already introduced the option to turn off insecure 2G connections two years ago with Android 12. Now with Android 14, they wish to take the cellular security features to another level and combat poor connectivity and encryption standards for phone calls and messages.

In an official blog post, Google announced that with the arrival of Android 14, users would get a new toggle called  ‘Require Encryption.’ As per the currently available draft, the description of this toggle reads, “Encryption is more secure, but you might not be able to connect in some locations. For emergency calls, encryption is never required.” Google has added this toggle because users cannot tell whether their calls and SMS are adequately encrypted.

Android 14 will offer the option to turn off unused 2G connectivity

Many carriers use null ciphers, opening gates for foreign actors to intercept SMS and call over the air. While these null ciphers are there for testing and debugging purposes, the report clarifies that many networks always use these misconfigured null ciphers. Thanks to the new Android 14 advanced cellular security toggle called ‘Require Encryption,’ the phone will reject null cipher connections, making it harder to intercept your calls and SMS. Also, it will turn off unused or less used 2G connectivity.

There is no clarity on whether this new feature will come on the already-sold devices in the market because it requires a tweak to the underlying hardware, the Hardware

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Google Chrome to get Android 14’s Predictive Back gesture feature

Last updated: May 15th, 2023 at 06:57 UTC+02:00

Google shared at the I/O 2023 how developers are working towards adopting the Predictive Back feature in Android 14. Now the latest reports suggest that Predictive Back will be a prominent feature in Android 14, as Chrome developers might also adopt the Predictive Back feature in Android 14. The feature will come to Samsung phones and tablets running Android 14-based One UI 6.0 later this year.

Predictive Back basically shares a preview of the homescreen as you swipe away from the edge, and it shrinks the current app. As per Google, back-to-home animations prevent users from accidentally exiting the app and give them better control. Users can test this Predictive Back feature in Android 13.

Predictive Back will also be applied to the navigation bar as well

Android 14 Predictive Back Gesture

All they need to do is head over to Settings and click on System. Then select Developer Options and tap on Predictive Back animations. While the feature is optional in Android 13, it will be enabled by default in Android 14. With Android 14, Google will add the Predictive Back feature that offers a preview of the previous screen where you will eventually land after completing the gesture. Google shared key developments at the Google I/O 2023 event, including how Reddit is experimenting “with collapsing a post as you swipe back to the feed and Chrome is also prototyping the previous web page as you swipe back.”

For developers, there is an option to opt-in for the predictive back animations per activity instead of applying them to the entire app. Material You components are also taking advantage of the Predictive Back animations in Side Sheets, Search, and Bottom Sheets. The Predictive Back feature will soon be used with the bottom navigation bar

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Android 14’s regional preferences feature could tell apps to use your most popular calendar and selection method

Android 14 is testing a regional preferences monitor that lets you tell apps what temperature, calendar, working day of 7 days, and selection process to use.

Android 14 may well be introducing a new feature that could enable you inform apps forward of time what your regional preferences are so they can much better personalize your working experience.

Android is mounted on literally billions of equipment about the planet, so it is important that the system is sufficiently localized for all varieties of users. AOSP supports a lot of diverse languages out of the box, and applications can quickly specify what languages they help by supplying diverse source information. Many consumers are multilingual, on the other hand, so they may possibly want to use a person or extra applications in a sure language devoid of getting to alter the language program-extensive.

It wasn’t till Android 13, on the other hand, that these buyers could truly established language choices on a for each-app basis. That was a massive feature no doubt, but there is additional to take into account when it comes to localization, like the temperature models, calendar variety, initial working day of 7 days, and number program. Developers can derive what formats they must use based mostly on the locale that’s now established, of study course. For illustration, if the user sets their language to English (United States), then they’ll possibly want to see temperature models in Fahrenheit.

But what if the person is an American who not long ago moved to the United kingdom, or any place else that predominantly works by using Celsius, and they want to familiarize them selves with how the temperature operates in their new home? It is not usually proper to presume what formats a consumer wants to use, for the reason that

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Android 14’s tight security to block you from downloading outdated apps

Last updated: January 24th, 2023 at 11:07 UTC+01:00

With every passing year, Google enhances the security of Android to safeguard users’ privacy and data. Well, it seems like Android 14 will bring a great security feature that will stop you from downloading outdated apps on your phone. Apparently, Android 14 will block the installation of apps meant for outdated Android versions.

For years, Android app developers have had to ensure that their apps are updated to use the latest features and align with the Android OS security measures. Recently, Google updated its guidelines to ensure that the newly listed Play Store apps target Android 12. However, this security measure of requiring Android 12 at a minimum is applied only to items in the Google Play Store.

A developer could easily ask their users to manually sideload an old app version. Furthermore, for those who have already installed them, the Play Store will continue to list apps that haven’t been updated in a long time.

Smartphone brands can decide whether or not to enable this feature

That is about to change because, as per the recent code changes, there will be stricter API requirements on Android 14, which will entirely block the installation of outdated apps. This change would restrict users from sideloading specific outdated APK files. On top of this, the stricter API will also prevent users from installing the same apps from outside app stores.

As noted by 9To5Google, initially, Android 14 will only block apps that are intended for older Android versions. However, with passing time, the threshold will increase to Android 6 (Marshmallow), which will progressively ramp up thanks to Google’s mechanism. But note that it would be up to the device manufacturers to decide the threshold for outdated apps or whether to enable the

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