According to 9to5Google, Android 14 will completely prohibit the installation of applications designed for older OS versions.
Android 14 is tightening API requirements by completely prohibiting the installation of legacy applications, according to a recently published source code change. This restriction will not only prevent apps from being installed through the store, but will also prevent users from downloading APK files.
Google intends to limit applications that are specific to older Android versions, but will gradually increase the threshold to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and "gradually scale it up," according to 9to5Google. The threshold for legacy apps will be determined by the device manufacturer.
Google aims to combat the spread of malware on Android, particularly those that intentionally exploit vulnerabilities in older versions of the OS.
Google has announced that Android 14 beta testing would begin in April. Beta testers are the first to receive access to the most recent updates for compatible Pixel models. Users who have left the program may continue to use it, and those who join the program will be updated automatically.