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Google launched Android 12L for foldables, tablets

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Recently, Google has announced a new version of Android, Android 12L, which aims to create the building out of Android 12 on larger-screened devices (via Google Developers). It is mainly intended for tablets and foldables, but Chromebook users will also benefit from it.

Google has historically struggled to encrypt Android’s large screen since its release and later reversed the changes it made with Android Honeycomb. Although the company has since shipped Android tablets such as the Nexus 10 and Pixel C, the information of these has been widely criticized for being a tapped phone interface, a charge that has plagued Android tablets.

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Android 12L UI

Android 12L fixes all that by bringing more enhanced features to take advantage of the larger display like Samsung’s latest Galaxy Z series. Instead of a large, widely space notification center, Google will add a new dual-panel notification center to folders and tablets. This allows users to see and share their notifications and instant settings instantly.

In Android 12L, new production features make multitasking more dynamic and more precise. The Android 12L adds a new taskbar that makes it easy to launch and change apps quickly.

Gestures make use of the taskbar even faster, by dragging and dropping to get into screen split mode and swipe up to go home. In gesture navigation, a quick switch allows users to browse the latest apps.

Android 12L Compatibility

There is a new taskbar, reminiscent of a dock or shelf you will find on normal laptops and the Samsung’s new One UI Book that will allow for quick application changes. The split-screen will see an improvement, as Google plans to add an advanced drag and drop function. It’s not as big a change as it was with Android 12, but it will make using Android on larger screens a better experience and provide a solid foundation for tablet makers to work with.

Availability

Android 12L goes to test from now for developers on selected devices such as the Lenovo P12 Pro tablet. The more widespread beta will be made available on Google Pixel phones and soon for other compatible devices.

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Google Android 15 Beta 1.1 update fixes NFC issue and more

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Android 15 Beta 1.1 update

Google has released the Android 15 Beta 1.1 update for pixel devices, which includes a series of bug fixes following the previous version released two weeks ago. It is available for several Pixel devices, from the Pixel 6 to the Pixel 8 Pro, including the Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold.

Identified via version AP31.240322.023, the Android 15 Beta 1.1 update comes with the latest security patch for April 2024. It addresses several issues, particularly with NFC which had been causing disruptions in wallet applications and other related system functions.

Moreover, the update resolves a problem that caused crashes in the Developer Options settings screen. It also fixes issues that were preventing some devices from properly updating to the initial Beta 1 release. Additionally, a fix has been implemented for a problem related to text clipping during printing tasks.

For users who are part of the Android Beta for Pixel program, the Beta 1.1 update will be provided as an over-the-air (OTA) update. Users can also manually install the update to enjoy error-free and enhanced service.

Android 15 Beta 1.1 update

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Android 15 to boost wireless charging with NFC support

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Android 15 NFC wireless charging

Google plans to introduce support for NFC Wireless charging (WLC) with Android 15. This feature is a significant development for charging small electronic devices. Unlike the widely-used Qi wireless charging, NFC wireless charging does not require large coils, making it ideal for devices with limited internal space.

With the Android 15 update, NFC wireless charging is expected to become more common in smaller devices such as earbuds, styluses, smartwatches, and tracker tags. This support will enhance user convenience and device functionality.

Announced in 2020, the NFC Wireless Charging technology uses antennas that are reportedly smaller than one centimeter. These antennas are versatile, serving both as a means for wireless charging and NFC data transfer. This dual functionality is particularly beneficial for smaller devices.

The slow adoption of NFC Wireless Charging in the market has been attributed to a lack of support from major operating systems. However, the recent Android 15 beta release indicates that Google is now integrating NFC Wireless Charging capabilities into the Android platform. This move could lead to an increase in WLC-enabled accessories.

This feature could transform the charging of devices like tracker tags, which could use NFC for both power and data, and styluses that comply with the USI 2.0 specification.

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Android 15 expands default wallet app choices

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Android 15 wallet choices

Google has recently released the first beta version of Android 15, which brings a significant update as lets users select a preferred app to serve as their default wallet application. This feature enhances the system’s flexibility, allowing for a personalized choice of NFC payment apps.

Previously, Google Wallet was the default NFC payment app on Pixel phones. With the new update, users have noticed that the AMEX app is also compatible with this setting.

This change is also expected for various payment apps to become the default wallet app on Android devices. Google explains that wallet apps are designed to store essential items like credit cards, loyalty cards, and even car keys, facilitating different types of transactions.

This update is notable because it differs from Apple’s approach on iOS, where alternative digital wallet apps are not allowed. Previously, Android hasn’t blocked third-party wallet apps but this new default setting will make it easier for users to integrate these apps into their payment processes, giving them more options and enhancing the overall user experience.

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