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Google will let users disable Android’s new background app limits to Android 13

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Although Android 12 adds with it a long list of new features that will enhance the operating system, it also brings some controversial features to the table. One of them is related to the “Phantom Processes” that manages the background app processes. With future Android releases, we are now aware of a possible change to the Google-themed app policy.

It could potentially interfere with Android terminal emulator apps like PhantomProcessKiller Termux in Android 12. Google recognized this problem by introducing a new patch to AOSP. This patch adds a new toggle in Developer Options to disable Phantom processes monitoring. Revealed from Mishal Rehman with reporting from XDA.

Google unplanned background app policy to Android 13

PhantomProcesskiller is designed for forked child processes, which require a lot of CPU usage and boot through apps. Originally introduced with Android 12, this feature only allows a maximum of 32 child processes.

As expected, this impedes the ability of the app to execute many background operations. While it’s good news that Google has finally released the toggle to disable this, it looks like developers will have to wait until Android 13 launches at the end of 2022.

Phantom processes can be disabled through the “Power Users” and Developers settings – Developer settings – feature flags. When the toggle is off, the limit of 32 child processes is ignored and forked child processes are run without any restrictions. Note that this exception does not apply to major app processes.

Although there is now speculation that the feature will only be available with Android 13, it is unlikely to be bundled with Android 12L. If you do not know, Android 12L is for devices with tablets, foldables and large screens.

Android 13 is still months away from coming. Most importantly, the world does not yet fully understand Android 12 and its bugs.  Separately, Samsung recently had to turn off the One UI 4 Android 12 update for the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3. However, it probably has more to do with Samsung than Google.

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Android gets Instant Hotspot feature that your Samsung Galaxy will miss out

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Samsung Instant Hotspot feature

Google has recently released Android Feature Drop with a new feature called Instant Hotspot, which simplifies the way devices connect to the internet. However, the search giant officially announced that the Instant Hotspot feature will not be available on Samsung devices.

The Instant Hotspot feature allows Android tablets and Chromebooks to connect to a phone’s hotspot with just a tap, simplifying the process of sharing a mobile data connection. Previously, users had to manually activate the hotspot, search for it on their device, and enter a password to connect.

According to the information via Android Authority, this feature is part of a new Cross-Device Services module in Play Services, bringing a seamless experience similar to Apple’s Continuity.

Instant Hotspot feature works on phones running Android 11 or newer, but, notably, Samsung devices are excluded. While the exact reason for this exclusion is not disclosed, Samsung may have chosen not to participate to promote its own connectivity features.

Still, Samsung Galaxy device owners can quickly connect their devices to the internet through existing features like Auto Hotspot for Samsung tablets and Instant Tethering for Chromebooks.

Samsung Instant Hotspot feature

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Android’s Find My Device app to get Biometric login, Remote lock features

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Find My Device network

Google is bringing Biometric login support to Android’s Find My Device app. It is a quite useful app that allows you to find your stolen or misplaced Android device. Recently, Google started releasing the Find My Device network with upgraded capabilities.

Google continues to enhance Android and ecosystem services. The recent rollout of offline findings significantly boosted the usability and importance of the Find My Device functionality. Advancements coming to Android would directly benefit Samsung and Galaxy users!

Biometric Login

AndroidAuthority discovered that the Find My Device app seems to be testing a new “Allow Biometric login” option. This feature would allow you to verify your identity through biometric verification. This will significantly ease the accessibility of the app so you can effortlessly locate your devices.

Remote Lock

Apart from this, Google is also working on a new Remote Lock feature for Find My Device. It is expected to make it easier to lock your lost phone, similar to what Samsung offers. However, it will require login credentials of your Google Account and verification code if enabled.

The report mentions that the Remote Lock feature will be rolled out to Android 10+ devices. It might allow you to put a screen lock if it isn’t enabled before losing. Later this year, a major Google Play Services app update will bring it to your device.

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Android 15 Beta 2.1 update fixes Private Space issue

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Android 15 Beta 2.1

Google has released Android 15 Beta 2.1 update for Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 6a, Pixel 7, 7 Pro, 7a, Pixel 8, 8 Pro, 8a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. This update primarily addresses an issue with the Private space feature.

Android 15 Beta 2.1 comes with the security patch for May 2024 and can be identified through version AP31.240426.023. It is a minor update with a size of around 11-12MB.

The main fix in this update corrects an issue where initially creating a Private space caused the removal of app icons from the Home screen. With this update, the process of setting up a Private space will no longer affect the Home screen’s organization.

Google has also shared some tips on how to manage the Private space. For instance, if you can’t recall how to access a hidden Private space, simply search for ‘Private Space’ in the search bar.

Moreover, if you forget the unlock method for Private space, it can be deleted from the reset options in the device settings. Apps can also be installed in Private space by long-pressing the app icon and selecting the ‘Install in private’ option.

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