Google is working on new features for Android 14 that will help your Android device stay connected to the internet as it ages. According to Esper’s Mishaal Rahman, devices can update root certificates on the fly. Currently, root certificates on Android devices can only be updated through system updates. This new feature allows users to update their device’s root certificate through Google Play Services. This feature allows your Android device to remain connected to the internet even if it ages and no longer receives system updates from the device manufacturer.
In this case, the device’s root certificate may have expired, preventing websites from loading. This does not apply to devices running Android 14. Users can update their device’s root certificate through Google Play Services independently of system updates. If your device gets older and no longer receives Android updates, you can still get the latest root certificates and stay connected to the internet. All device makers will be forced to implement this feature as Google considers it to be a mainline module.
Simply put, when you visit a website on your Android device, the website uses a root certificate to establish a secure connection with your device. These root certificates have an expiration date, and once they expire, your website will not be able to establish a secure connection with your Android smartphone or tablet. This means that the website will not open on your device. As already mentioned, Android device root certificates can currently only be updated by system updates from the device manufacturer. So if your device is very old, it may stop receiving system updates.
Samsung’s entry-level smartphones, such as the Galaxy A01 and Galaxy M01, only get two years of Android updates. If Samsung stops updating these devices and one of the root certificates on these devices expires, you may not be able to load the website. But once Samsung updates these phones to Android 14, that’s no longer the case. Last year, devices running Android 7 and earlier versions of the operating system were unable to load certain websites due to an expired root certificate. Android 14 will prevent this issue from reoccurring.
Also, the next big root certificate expires in his 2035. So people don’t have to worry about the foreseeable future.
- Even when your smartphone gets older, Android 14 can ensure that you can still access the Internet
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