Android 14 allows Google to phase out legacy apps

News Summary:

  • As already mentioned on GSM Arena, all changes with Android 14. Sideloading apps requires above-average technical skills using a command shell and new flags to allow installation. This prevents users from accidentally installing unsafe apps on their phones. In another news item, Google is reportedly working on its own location tag. According to the developer and trusted leaker Kuba Wojciechowski, the tech giant is working on a smart tracker similar to Apple’s AirTag. The device is now codenamed “Grogu” and is likely inspired by the Baby Yoda character from Star Wars:

  • Google may announce Android 14 in May this year. According to a GSMArena report, newly listed codes suggest that tech companies will take tougher measures when installing older apps on new devices. According to reports, Android 14 doesn’t even allow sideloading of apps targeting older versions of the operating system. Currently, Google does not allow newly listed apps on Google Play to target Android versions older than 12. However, you can sideload older software. Google Play allows you to install older apps that you have installed in the past.

“Google recently worked on supporting Locator his tag in Fast Pair.” I found a reference that shows,” he wrote on his Twitter. He said the Google Nest team is working on the device. He adds that the device comes with a speaker like his Apple AirTag. Google’s location tags may come in a variety of colors, but tipsters were unable to provide details at this time. However, Google is now working with several chipset manufacturers to introduce support for the new Fast Pair-based technology into their products, allowing OEMs to develop their own trackers without much effort.