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Today, OnePlus has launched the latest version of its Android 14-based operating system, OxygenOS 14.
The changes in OxygenOS 14 fall under 4 broad categories: "Trinity Engine", Safety and Security, Better Usability, and Aquamorphic Design.
Here's a summary of the new features in OxygenOS 14 🧵
If you pre-order the Pixel 8 Pro in the U.S., you'll allegedly get a Pixel Watch 2 as a pre-order bonus!
Source Kamila Wojciechowska on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Za_Raczke/status/1706278725673726203
ICYMI: Kamila Wojciechowska published the full spec sheet of the Pixel 8 series a few hours ago, and apparently, both devices will receive 7 years of updates!
It's likely they'll get 7 years of security updates but maybe only 5 years of OS updates, but that's still a huge improvement over the current 5 years of security + 3 years of OS updates!
Android 14 adds an opt-in developer setting to make the nav bar background color transparent by default in apps.
Android 15 may take things a step further by forcing all apps that target SDK 35 or higher (ie. Android 15+) to have a transparent nav bar!
You can now opt out of automatically receiving Google System Updates. Depending on your country, you'll be able to access the "system services updates" page under Settings > Google > More (the three-dot menu).
Google System Updates are comprised of updates to the Google Play Store app, the Google Play Services app, the Android WebView, and Project Mainline modules (via Google Play System Updates).
Screenshot credits: Nail Sadykov
PSA: That critical vulnerability in the WebP codec you heard about recently (CVE-2023-4863) should be patched on Android devices that declare the 2023-10-06 security patch level.
Yes, there seem to be plans for a 2023-10-06 SPL in addition to a 2023-10-01 and 2023-10-05 SPL.
This blog post by Ben Hawkes goes into great detail about the WebP vulnerability: https://blog.isosceles.com/the-webp-0day/
If you're curious about what's new in the Android 14 QPR1 beta but you don't want to run unstable software, I made a roundup of every new feature and change I spotted in Beta 1: https://www.androidcentral.com/apps-software/android-14-qpr1-beta-1-every-new-feature
By the way, I heard that the Google Pay issue was resolved in the last 24 hours, so you should be able to make contactless payments now if you're on Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1.
Update to my previous post about the LTS period for the Linux kernel being shortened to 2 years from 6 years:
Apparently, this isn't a new revelation. Jonathan Corbet, the editor of LWN who gave the talk at OSS Europe which sparked this topic to enter the news cycle, said on Mastodon that this decision was "made public something like a year ago."
Greg K-H talked about this 7 months ago: https://social.kernel.org/notice/ASRAXyzFbeMkyBskcK
(Thanks to Luca Weiss for the correction!)
The revamped At a Glance widget that Google announced earlier this month is starting to roll out as well. I've heard from at least 3 users who have gotten it, though I don't see it on any of my own devices yet.
Let me know if you see the new widget!
Some BIG news dropped this week that could have a major impact on Android security: The LTS (long-term support) period for the Linux kernel is being cut down from 6 years to 2 years.
Ron Amadeo has a good summary of the situation on ArsTechnica: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/09/linux-gives-up-on-6-year-lts-thats-fine-for-pcs-bad-for-android/
(Instead of maintaining 6 different LTS versions for 6 years each, I wonder why the number of supported LTS versions wasn't just reduced down to, like, 3?)