Yesterday may have been new Pixel device day for Google. However, the first stable Android 14 builds have also finally been released, available before the Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro ships. For reference, the company unveiled the Pixel Watch 2 at Wednesday’s launch event along with a visually updated pair of visually updated Pixel Buds Pro.
As always, Android 14 is coming to Pixel smartphones first, with Pixel 4a 5G through Pixel 7a, as well as all flagship models released in the meantime, being eligible. While the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 mark the start of Google’s commitment to offering seven years of software support for its smartphones, this doesn’t extend to existing models. So it seems that Android 14 is the final step for Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a 5G, even though the latter was launched almost a year after Pixel 4a 5 and Pixel 5.
The full changelog is probably too long to discuss here. However, Google has released a dedicated Android 14 website that highlights some of the changes Android 13 brings, including better lock screen customization and expanded accessibility features. The release of Android 14 also coincides with the October 2023 feature drop, the details of which Google outlined in a separate blog post ( ). The company has bundled its latest additions to Android 14, including an updated camera app, RAW image editing, and new power saving features.