It’s clear that one of Google’s main goals with Android 14 was to make the tablet experience better. This was done just in time for the release of the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet, which both have big screens.
In earlier versions, we found, among other things, a huge new list of hardware keyboard shortcuts, support for touchpad movements, and a new App Pairs feature that makes automatic split-screen multitasking for large-screen devices. Now, Android 14 Beta 3 has made a small change for tablet users who connect an external mouse.
An expert on Android named Mishaal Rahman noticed that the mouse pointer has changed in the most recent beta build. In Android 13 and earlier versions, it was a very angular line that looked a lot like the pointer on Windows, macOS, and even Google’s own Chrome OS. Now, it’s in the shape of a paper airplane with rounded sides, which is more fun.
By getting rid of the tail, Google was able to add a few pixels to the triangle part of the mouse pointer while making it smaller overall. It fits better with the bigger touch targets in most Android apps, and the rounded corners match some of Google’s more recent Material You icons.