The following model of Android isn’t due out till late this yr, nevertheless it’s nearly as good a time as any to start out sniffing round for what’s to return. A current edit to the Android 14 source code reveals that Google is engaged on stricter API necessities to stop Android customers from putting in outdated apps. It’ll be a boon for safety however a bummer for Android diehards preferring to finetune their smartphone expertise by way of sideloading.
9to5Google found that Android 14, by default, will block any apps focused towards particularly outdated variations of Android, with the plan being to start out with the oldest variations and work as much as block apps during Android 6. If an app developer—even an unbiased one—isn’t writing their app to more moderen supply code than that, Android will deny set up. It appears like gadget makers will be capable to make the block extra lenient (by permitting apps aimed toward some older variations however not others) or disable it totally, however the base set up you’ll get on Pixel gadgets can have it totally enabled.
This could make Android really feel safer, particularly from malicious apps that use historical exploits to realize entry to delicate elements of the supply code. Android 6 is the baseline as a result of it was the primary time Google required apps to ask for entry to your contacts, location info, and inner storage. The nastier apps on the market have a tendency to focus on earlier variations of Android to avoid this.
The Android cell working system has been round for a very long time. However attributable to its openness and tinkerability, it’s developed a little bit of a repute for being dangerous to make use of should you’re not totally conscious of its follies. That’s not good for Google, which is why the corporate appears to be always working to scale back that stigma by way of new options—and why it needs you solely to obtain apps vetted by way of the Play Retailer. With the subsequent model of Android, you may not get as a lot freedom as you’re used to when putting in apps you discovered on the net. However possibly this means Apple can lastly cease utilizing sideloading as an excuse for why Android is much less protected than iOS.