SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Android 14 can make sure your device can access the web even as it ages

General
By 

Last updated: December 27th, 2022 at 09:51 UTC+01:00

Google is working on a new feature for Android 14 that will make it possible for Android devices to stay connected to the internet when they get very old. It allows devices to update their root certificates on the fly, according to Esper’s Mishaal Rahman. Currently, root certificates on Android devices can only be updated through system updates. With the new feature, users will be able to update root certificates on their devices through Google Play Services.

This feature will make sure that the Android device can stay connected to the internet even if it ages and doesn’t receive system updates from the device manufacturer anymore.

What is a root certificate, and why does it matter if it expires?

In layman’s terms, when you visit a website using an Android device, the webpage establishes a secure connection with the device using root certificates. These root certificates have an expiry date, and when they expire, the website can’t establish a secure connection with your Android smartphone or tablet, which means that website will not open on your device anymore.

As mentioned earlier, root certificates on Android devices can currently be updated only through system updates from the device manufacturer. So, when the device gets very old, it might not receive system updates anymore. In that case, it is possible that a root certificate on that device might expire and keep it from loading websites.

That won’t be the case with devices running Android 14. It will allow users to update root certificates on their devices through Google Play Services, separately from system updates. So, even if their device gets old and isn’t receiving Android updates anymore, they will be able to get the latest root certificates and stay connected to the Internet. Since Google is thinking of making it a mainline module, all device manufacturers will be forced to implement that feature.

This is a great feature for low-end Galaxy devices

Samsung’s entry-level smartphones, such as Galaxy A01 and Galaxy M01, get Android updates for only two years. So, when Samsung stops updating these devices, and one of the root certificates on these devices expires, they may not be able to load websites. But once Samsung updates these phones to Android 14, it won’t be the case anymore.

Last year, a root certificate expired on devices running Android 7 or older versions of the OS, which prevented these devices from loading certain websites. Android 14 might keep this issue from rising again. Also, the next big root certificate is due for expiration in 2035. So people will not have to worry about it for the foreseeable future.

General Android 14
Load 0 comments

You might also like

Android 14’s tight security to block you from downloading outdated apps

With every passing year, Google enhances the security of Android to safeguard users’ privacy and data. Well, it seems like Android 14 will bring a great security feature that will stop you from downloading outdated apps on your phone. Apparently, Android 14 will block the installation of apps meant for outdated Android versions. For years, Android […]

  • By Sagar Naresh
  • 2 hours ago

Google is testing way to measure distance between devices via Bluetooth

We use Bluetooth accessories in some or the other way, be it the wireless mouse that we use or the earphones that we use to listen to songs on our smartphones. While it may seem that there aren’t many limitations to Bluetooth, in reality, there are a few areas where the technology has some restrictions. […]

  • By Sagar Naresh
  • 5 days ago

Android 14 may change the sharing menu in Samsung’s One UI 6.0

Your Galaxy smartphone’s sharing menu in One UI may get a new design later this year. Google is showing signs that it might want to change its design approach to this Android OS feature, but what it will mean for Samsung smartphone users is up for debate. Evidence found by Mishal Rahman in Android 13 […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 3 weeks ago

Google and Samsung’s Health Connect could be integrated into Android 14

At Google I/O 2022, Google revealed the Health Connect system, which it co-developed with Samsung. It is an Android API and platform that can collect health and fitness data from apps or devices, store it securely, and allow you to share that data with other apps or devices. Currently, Health Connect is available as an […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 1 month ago

With Android 13, Samsung’s last Galaxy Note is on life support

The month of August back in 2020 marked two important milestones for Samsung. On August 5 that year, Samsung announced what would be the last smartphones with the Galaxy Note branding — the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — as the Korean giant decided to shift focus to its foldable phones. The […]

  • By Abhijeet Mishra
  • 1 month ago

I wish Android 13 wasn’t the final big update for the Galaxy S20 series

Samsung has the best software support policies in the Android world. It promises four major Android OS upgrades for many of its flagship and mid-range smartphones, which is higher than what even Google offers despite being the company that develops the operating system, and up to five years of security updates for many devices. Unfortunately, despite […]

  • By Abhijeet Mishra
  • 2 months ago