If all goes accordingly, the first public beta of Android 14 should go live in a few months. And over the past couple of months, we’ve been hearing some interesting information about what the latest update will bring to the table. We have more information on how the next update will simplify the share menu.
Currently, the Share menu is an absolute mess. Not only does it display completely different options depending on the app you’re using, but there are inconsistencies across the various skins. So, for example, the Share menu will look very different in terms of functionality on One UI than it does on stock Android. Based on information from Mishaal Rahman, Android 14 aims to take care of that.
Android 14 will make Share menus standard across apps and OEM skins
How will you change? Well, Rahman mentioned how Google might move Android Sharesheet to Project Mainline module in a future release, and doing so would fix the inconsistencies we see. To enhance this, the latest Andriod 13 QPR 1 beta image comes with a new app. Upon examining the source code, you can find a new “Instant Resolver” implementation that is supposed to handle the “Choose” Android code, which in turn calls the Android share sheet by forcing the user to decide which app to use for sharing work.
If Google sticks to this for Android 14 and adds the Android share sheet to the Project Mainline, that means all other Android app developers and app developers should follow in their footsteps. It may not seem like a big deal to the user, but it could mean a more consistent experience when it comes to share lists since they were a bit of a mess at the time of writing. Don’t believe this? Open any app on your phone and check out their sharing lists; Chances are, it will be completely different.
The screenshot above shows the Facebook share sheet on the left and Twitter on the right. Notice how they are different, even in terms of consistency of icon themes. With Android 14, this won’t be a problem.
We cannot say for sure if this feature will reach the final version of Android 14, but in order to improve the user experience, we certainly hope that Google will add this feature in the future.