Samsung Android 14 Update: Everything We Know So Far

Samsung is currently the leading manufacturer in the Android world when it comes to software updates. Samsung promises to provide software support for most of its devices for four to five years. For instance, the Android 13 update was very quickly rolled out for most Galaxy devices.

With Android 13 out of the way, users are now eager to learn more about the upcoming version of Android, Android 14, or Upside Down Cake. Google has already launched the Android 14 beta.

Many Samsung users are now wondering whether their devices will get the Android 14 update. This article will answer this question and many such questions related to Samsung Android 14. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Samsung Android 14 Update Tracker

You can check the One UI 6 update status here.

October 3: According to information revealed by Canadian carrier Telus, Google may release the stable version of Android 14 on October 4, coinciding with the launch event for the Pixel 8. The company said Android 14 would be released to all Pixel phones on October 4, 2023.

In related news, Samsung is reportedly testing the One UI 6 beta software on the Galaxy Tab A8 and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite tablets, according to a recent community post. The well-known leaker Ice Universe posted on X that the stable version of One UI 6 will be available by the end of October 2023.

August 7 (Announcement Removed): Samsung has exciting news for Galaxy S23 series owners – the Android 14 beta program (Based on One UI 6) is now rolling out. This gives S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra users early access to test the Android 14 build. The beta is currently available in the US, Germany, and Korea. Those interested can sign up through the Samsung Members app once registrations open.

July 25: Samsung has added a dedicated forum section for the Galaxy S23 series’ participation in the Android 14 Beta Program. However, the section is currently empty but goes live in the company’s official forums in the US and India. Users of the Galaxy S23 will be able to feedback on the beta software on the forums, which will allow Samsung to improve the final build. Based on the timing of the forum creation, it is likely that the Android 14 Beta Program for the Galaxy S23 series will begin in the coming weeks.

May 9: Twitter user Tarun Vats spotted the Android 14 early build on Samsung’s servers, suggesting that testing has started. The firmware version for the S23 Ultra is identified as S918BXXU1BWE2. In accordance with Samsung’s past firmware updates, the fourth to last digit usually changes when there is a new major UI update. We can see the build type shifts from ‘A’ to ‘B’. This suggests Android 14 may be under testing.

s23 build

Samsung Android 14 Update Release Timeline (Expected)

  • Samsung Android 14 beta program might be released in August 2023. The stable build could be released publicly in October 2023, starting from the Galaxy S23 series. By the end of 2023, the stable update could be available on all eligible Galaxy devices.

Google has launched the Android 14 operating system on the Beta channel. The company’s Pixel smartphone portfolio is eligible to install the Android 14 beta. Samsung, however, has not participated in Google’s Android beta program as usual.

Google has also released a roadmap for Android 14 that is as follows:

  • Android 14 Developer Preview: February / March
  • Android 14 Beta: April / May
  • Android 14 Platform Stability: June / July

As per the plan, the company expects to reach the platform stability milestone for Android 14 by July 2023, followed by a stable release in August 2023. Pixel devices will likely get the stable version in August 2023.

Samsung users should not expect any updates regarding Android 14 before Google’s official announcement.

Samsung might start its Android 14 Beta program by August 2023. The Galaxy S23 series smartphones will be the first to receive the Android 14 update on both the Beta and Stable channels.

Android 14 Logo

Samsung Android 14 Expected Features

Android 14 comes with several new features. Although these features are mainly for Google’s Pixel devices, most of these features should show up on Samsung’s version of Android 14. Some of the key features are:

1. Predictive back gesture: Android 14 introduces a new predictive back gesture that will give you a preview of what will happen when you swipe back.

2. Vibrant “Basic Colors” in Color Palette: The first Developer Preview build of Android 14 introduces more bright “Basic colors” options in the Wallpaper and style section.

3. Apps installed in the background: Android 14 lists apps that have been sideloaded in the background without your permission and allows you to check and uninstall them.

4. Google Fast Pair: Google’s Fast Pair feature is now available in the “Connection preferences” section, courtesy of Android 14 Developer Preview 1.

5. Warning on installing old apps: Android 14 will now try to warn you when you install an app that targets API level 27 or lower (i.e., Android 8.1 or older).

6. New Security & Privacy section: Android 14 brings a handful of minor UI changes to the Security & Privacy section.

7. Battery Saver UI: Android 14 has a few changes to the Battery section and operation of the Battery Saver UI. There are a couple of new options, too.

8. Screen time in Battery usage section: Android 14 brings back the ability to see just how long your screen has been on since your last full charge.

9. Taskbar text labels on larger displays: Android 14 shows text names below dock app icons in the taskbar on screens with a tablet DPI of 600 or more.

10. Hearing devices integration: Android 14 has a dedicated settings page for hearing devices that lets you pair hearing aid devices.

11. Integrated Health Connect: Android 14 has integrated Google’s Health Connect platform, which is currently available as an installable application.

Android 14 looks promising, with several new features, improvements, and optimizations that enhance the user experience. Although it is still in its early stages, we can expect to see more features and enhancements as the Stable release approaches.

Samsung Android 14 Eligible Devices (Expected)

Samsung has not officially announced which devices will receive the Android 14 update. However, based on past releases and Samsung’s official update policy, it is likely that the following Samsung devices will be eligible for the Android 14 update:

Samsung Galaxy S Series:

  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S23+
  • Samsung Galaxy S23
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S22+
  • Samsung Galaxy S22
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+
  • Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

Samsung Galaxy Z Series:

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Samsung Galaxy A Series:

  • Samsung Galaxy A73
  • Samsung Galaxy A72
  • Samsung Galaxy A53
  • Samsung Galaxy A52
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A52s
  • Samsung Galaxy A33
  • Samsung Galaxy A23
  • Samsung Galaxy A14
  • Samsung Galaxy A13
  • Samsung Galaxy A04s
  • Samsung Galaxy A54
  • Samsung Galaxy A34

Samsung Galaxy M Series:

  • Samsung Galaxy M53
  • Samsung Galaxy M33
  • Samsung Galaxy M23

Samsung Galaxy Tab:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

It is important to note that this list is based on Samsung’s update policy, and Samsung may choose to include or exclude specific devices from the Android 14 update. Additionally, the timeline for the rollout of the Android 14 update to these devices will vary depending on the device and region.

Summing Up

The Samsung Android 14 update is expected to bring new features and improvements to eligible Galaxy devices. The update is expected to be released for the Galaxy S23 series smartphones first, followed by other eligible devices. While the exact release date and eligible devices have not been announced yet, the Android 14 update is expected to be available in early August 2023. Stay tuned for more information on the Samsung Android 14 update.

Mehtab is a tech writer at DealNTech, where he covers PC and mobile-related guides and news. He is passionate about helping people understand and use technology to their advantage. In his role at DealNTech, Mehtab focuses on creating informative and engaging content on a variety of PC and mobile-related topics, including Windows, CPU, GPU, and Android. Email: [email protected]. Follow him on X(Twitter)

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