Google has introduced Android 14 in its first Developer Preview, which is now available for the Google Pixel 4a and above. One of the new features that Google is bringing to Android 14 is the ability to remove bloatware. This feature has not yet been made visible in the Developer Preview 1. But Android 14 contains a hidden menu that shows apps that have been installed in the background, for example when inserting a SIM card or during the initial device setup.
Android 14 supports uninstalling pre-installed applications
Bloatware on Android refers to pre installed apps that are left unused. But not all pre installed apps are equal, some can be uninstalled, while others cannot. Android 14 is finally addressing this issue with the secret menu “Apps installed in the background”. This menu is expected to be integrated into the Applications section of the settings in a future reorganization.
Google describes these background-installed apps as those installed by the device manufacturer or allowed by the carrier and other partners. They also note that these apps are not necessary for the normal functioning of the mobile device and the user can uninstall them if he wishes.
According to XDA‘s Mishaal Rahman, the menu will likely show apps that have not been installed through ADB or foreground services like the Google Play store. It remains to see how easy it will be to access this menu and if it will appear in the options.
Android 14 features
Google has released the developer version of its next operating system, Android 14. After months of waiting and several updates to Android 13. One of the new features discovered in Android 14 is an option for managing multiple SIM cards. Making things easier for users who carry two SIM cards in their phones. According to 9to5Google, the new option in the SIM card settings will allow Android 14 to automatically switch between the two cards depending on which one has a better connection for calls and the internet. This new feature will provide users with a backup secondary SIM in case of poor signal reception. Automatically switching to the secondary SIM when necessary. This automatic management of SIM cards will be standard in Android 14 and will not require activation by the user.
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Google has launched the first preview of Android 14. Offering a glimpse of what to expect in the upcoming update to its operating system. This preview is targeting developers. With the majority of the changes being at the API level and geared towards improving application development. Such as new permissions, behaviors, and security enhancements. However, significant new features have begun to emerge in the Android 14 Developer Preview 1 (DP1).
One of the new features that are coming to Android 14 is native app cloning. While app cloning has been possible for years using third party apps or customization layers offered by some manufacturers such as OnePlus, or by creating another user profile, Google is taking it a step further by adding native app cloning to Android 14. The feature was in plans to arrive with Android 12 or 13. But it has finally made its way into Android 14.
In Android 14 DP1, Google is preparing its own tool for duplicating applications. The application settings will now include a new section called Clone Applications. Allowing users to select which Android apps they want to clone. This feature will allow for having two identical apps. Which will come in handy for using different accounts on the same app. Especially when the app does not support multiple accounts. For example, one can have two WhatsApp apps, each with a different phone number.
Please note that as this is a very early developer preview, this feature is not yet functional and we will have to wait for the next development versions of Android 14 to see when app cloning becomes available.