One of the things we like most about the Pixel line is the stripped-back OS, which includes none of the bloatware that other Android smartphone manufacturers often ship with their devices. It’s about as close as you can get to vanilla Android, and on the Pixel 7, everything about the OS felt like it was designed for the smartphone and vice versa. Hopefully, this slimmed-down approach remains the same for the Pixel 8 –- something that thankfully seems very likely.
Android 14’s first beta launched in April, so it’s likely that we’ll see the Pixel 8 launched with this latest iteration of the OS. Google claimed at launch that the software offers superior “privacy, security, performance, developer productivity, and user customization.” In addition, Pixel owners wanting to try out this early version can try it through Google’s developer site. The full version is expected sometime after July, so it’s likely the Pixel 8 will be one of the first, if not the first, phone to run it out of the box.