Android 14 has a codename at Google, but Android 13 isn’t released yet


Since Android 9 Pie was released in 2018, Google’s mobile operating system has been known as “Android Pie” instead of “Android X.” Fortunately, things have become a lot simpler: Android 13 will take the place of Android 12 sometime this year.

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While public announcements and branding for Android updates now stick to numbers, codenames still use food-related names inside Google. The codename “Upside Down Cake” has been discovered by 9to5Google in the Android Open Source Project code for Android 14 (aka Android U).

In the case of an Upside Down Cake, the decorations are placed at the bottom of the pan, and the cake batter is then poured on top of them. Everything is baked, then turned over to place the embellishments on top.


Android 13 is the first.

Before we get our hands on Android 14, there’s Android 13. Currently, the operating system is in an early developer preview stage, but a public beta will be available to anybody who wants to participate.

Everyone with a suitable phone will get the complete and final version of Android 13 after that. Since Android 12 went on sale in October of 2021, its successor is expected to come around the same time, if not sooner. First in line will be Google’s Pixel phones, such as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

We’ve been given several suggestions about what Android 13 will offer, including measures to prevent individuals from tracking you with smart tags and greater notification management. We may expect to see Android 13 improvements on TVs as well.


An in-depth look at what we would want to see in Android 14

Android 14 is still a mystery, but the appearance of a codename suggests that development on the operating system has begun at Google. We won’t know anything for sure until at least 2023.

There aren’t many ways that Android and iOS can improve on what we currently have at this point, so we’re not expecting much from Android 14. There will be a few small changes to phone customization choices and eSIM support in Android 13 that aren’t going to change how you use your phone.

Google has a chance to surpass Apple in the artificial intelligence market if it continues to invest in this area. Phones, it seems to us, may get better at determining which applications and tools we need at what times, and they could become more automated in the repetitive and tedious chores (such setting alarms and sharing images).


Otherwise, we’re looking for the normal enhancements in user privacy, device security, app control, and notification management to be included. Android 14 is expected to have similar improvements in these areas.

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