Android 14 Preview 1 is out, will formally ban set up of aged apps

Android 14 has this lovely mission patch logo.
Enlarge / Android 14 has this attractive mission patch emblem.


Android 14 is here—or the initial preview is, at minimum.

Google is kicking off the months-extended developer preview method for Android’s most current version, which will get a remaining launch in the 2nd fifty percent of the 12 months. Even with multiple previews, Google likes to keep the ultimate set of Android characteristics beneath wraps at the very least till its I/O conference in Might, so we can’t appear at the functions here to ascertain the scope of Android 14. These are just some of the features Google would like builders to have a head start off on.

The biggest news is that Android 14 will block the installation of aged Android applications. As Android changes around the a long time, new APIs and increased security, privacy, or history processing limits could crack outdated applications, but Android’s backward-compatibility system retains these previous applications operating. Applications can declare the newest version of Android they guidance by means of a “Goal SDK” flag.

To prevent aged applications from breaking, new characteristics and application restrictions in, say, Android 12 only utilize to applications that concentrate on Android 12 or over. More mature applications will keep on to operate with the older established of constraints they are applied to. (A diverse location, termed “Minimum SDK,” establishes if a new application can operate on an outdated Android OS.) The technique functions terrific for sincere builders, but if you might be setting up a piece of malware, it is an effortless determination to focus on a incredibly previous model of Android. When you’ll get obtain to much less functions, you can also be subject matter to less security and privacy limits.

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