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This new Android 14 feature may be meant for the Google Pixel 8

Joe Hindy / Android Authority


  • Android 14 has a new security feature that protects against memory bugs.
  • The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro do not have compatible hardware to support the feature.
  • We might see it debut on the Pixel 8 series before it hits other Android phones.

Google released the first Android 14 Developer Preview, and code sleuths are busy discovering new features from the software update. One of those features coming to Android 14 is a security update that likely targets the next version from Google. Pixel 8 series.

Found by Mishaal Rahman from XDA Developers, the feature is called Advanced Memory Protection. It is designed to protect compatible phones from memory security bugs, which, according to Googleaccounted for more than 60% of high-severity security vulnerabilities and millions of user-visible crashes through 2022.

If you’re running the Android 14 developer preview right now or when you get a future release, you’ll find the feature under Settings > Security & Privacy > More security settings. Enabling it will switch to supported memory markup devices running Android 14.

As Mishaal explains, Memory Tagging Extension (MTE) is a mandatory hardware feature on ArmV9 processors, which protects against memory breaches that can compromise the security of your device. New Android 14 feature enables memory tagging extension on ArmV8.5+ compatible devices.

The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro have Tensor G2 chip which consists of ArmV8.2 processor cores (Cortex X1, Cortex A78 and Cortex A55) instead of ArmV9 cores. This means phones won’t be able to take advantage of the new feature when it ships with Android 14. However, Google’s next set of flagships, aka the Pixel 8 series, could be the first to get the new memory protections. if they have ArmV9 cores like most others Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Gen 2 Android flagships.

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