Android 13 is still very new, but we’re already talking about Android 14


What you need to know

  • A new report highlights some features expected to arrive in Android 14.
  • Among the features are is the predictive back gesture, satellite connectivity, and support for AV1 decoding.
  • Google will likely push developer preview testing in early 2023, where we will find out more.

Android 13 is still very new, with the stable software only available on Pixels and select OPPO/OnePlus phones while everyone else continues testing. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t start talking about Android 14, and it seems the conversation has already begun.

Mishaal Rahman, senior technical editor at Esper, provided a deep dive into some possible features we can expect to see when Android 14 starts rolling around. While it’s not an extensive deep dive into everything we’ll see with the update, he says he’s confident these features will appear in Android 14. So what can we expect?

Rahman says that Google may launch a predictive back gesture it’s been working on with Android 13. Since gestures can be confusing, especially for consumers, Google hopes to mend this by minimizing the app to give users a preview of the launcher if the gesture is set to exit the app.

Android's predictive back gesture

(Image credit: Google)

This way, users can better understand their use of the back gesture and keep from exiting the app if that wasn’t their intent.