Now in private code, it appears Android 14 Will not play nicely with older apps. In what is being reported as a plan to help prevent malware targeting older Android apps, Google may put in very strict requirements for app installation starting with Android 14.
While this is understandable, it is big news in our view because this change could also affect very fundamentals characteristics Android – This is the ability to install any app you want through sideloading. By code, Android 14 can block installation of any app, whether from Google Play or sideloaded, if it doesn’t meet API requirements.
App installation procedures are relatively relaxed now. For example, even if an app is out of date but the user had previously installed it, it is still made available on Google Play as long as it is not pulled from Google’s servers. Same goes for sideloading. At this point, you should have no problem sideloading almost any app you want, but with this change and if your device is running Android 14, it looks like the app will need to target at least Android 6.0+ (Marshmallow). . The code made it clear that Google would be able to increase the limit at any time.
As for me, I don’t go around downloading and sideloading random apps anymore. Those days are long behind me. However, I know there are still plenty of people out there who do, and with that being said, I would ask you to be careful and be sure to only download and install apps from trusted sources.