Google has released the stable Android 13 for its Pixel devices other OEMs like OnePlus also joined the race. In terms of Samsung, it is currently rolling One UI 5 beta based on Android 13, and the stable version is expected to be released somewhere in October 2022.
Apart from Android 13, Google is also working on Android 14 already. Now, in this article, we will check the latest development info of the next major Android 14 version. As per the new report, the new Android 14 may need AV1 codec mandatory for all devices.
This is a video encoding method for making it more efficient and it will also save bandwidth. As per Esper’s Mishaal Rahman, devices with Android 14 will be forced to support 64-bit-only apps, which means the end of 32-bit-only applications is near.
The new AV1 requirement is codified in the Android Open Source Project Gerrit. The details reads, “As per android cdd 14, sec 2.2.2 and sec 2.6, Handheld and Tablet device implementations must support decoding AV1.” Mishaal Rahman also spotted a skeleton page for the next version of the compatibility definition. On the list, YouTube already uses AV1, Armv9 CPUs will be forced to support 64-bit apps only.
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Meanwhile, there are several silicon vendors (like Samsung, MediaTek, and Google) have launched products with AV1 hardware decoding support. The other one, the Qualcomm flagship is said to support AV1 in the Snapdragon chipset.
The devices which are expected to be released in 2023 should have AV1 decoding support, with the numbers only growing in 2024. Even so, there will be a significant number of devices launching next year without AV1 support, which is why Android 14’s requirement that all devices must support decoding AV1 feels a bit premature.