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Google Android 13 to place a QR Code scanner on your phone’s lock screen

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From the brand new Material You design to a bunch of new features, Google has made countless changes in the current Android 12. Meanwhile, the upcoming Android 13, which is already merged with leaks and rumors will come with further improvements and changes, such as an easier QR codes scanner.

Once an inconvenience, QR (Quick Response) codes have become an important part of our working life. These little black and white squares are usually used to track information about products in the supply chain and because many smartphones have built-in QR readers they are frequently used in marketing and advertising campaigns.

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More recently, they have been instrumental in helping to detect coronavirus disease and slow the spread of the virus. Commonly, a smartphone user can scan a QR code through their phone’s camera, however, sometimes, it needs to be operated with Google Lens.

Meanwhile, a piece of new information claims that with Android 13, scanning QR will become easier, users will be able to scan it right from the lock screen of their phone. Below you can check the screenshots, revealed by Android Police.

Android 13 QR code scanner

As you can see in the screenshot above, there is an option that reads “show QR scanner” on the lock screen, and the toggle is supposed to allow access to the QR Scanner from the lock screen. A reference is also visible in the quick settings as its own toggle.

If this isn’t just a rumor and is a piece of correct information, the Android 13 QR codes scanner would be a more involuntary method of being able to scan QR codes than existing systems and will make it a really easier process available.

You can get more information about the forthcoming Android 13 operating system through our dedicated Android 13 tracker, which is linked below.

Google Android 13 Tracker: Early info we know so far [December 24]

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Android 15 to boost wireless charging with NFC support

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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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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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Android 15 might allow Google Play to update your phone’s NFC

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Google’s upcoming Android 15 update is set to bring a transformational change in the way NFC technology is updated on smartphones. The company promises to reduce the complexity of operating system updates with Android 15. Notably, the NFC feature offers contactless payments and data transfer.

Back in 2019, Project Mainline was introduced by Google to address the challenge of updating the Android operating system across various devices. Project Mainline allows Google to update essential parts of the operating system directly, bypassing the device manufacturers. This method simplifies the update process and ensures that all devices receive updates simultaneously.

With the introduction of Android 15, Google plans to increase the number of updateable modules from 37 to 40 within Project Mainline. The addition of the ‘com.android.nfcservices’ package is significant because it includes the NFC stack.

Android 15 NFC update

The presence of the NFC stack package along with two other packages indicates that Google is preparing to add these as new modules to the project mainline. Although it has not yet been confirmed whether these will be included or not.

As Android 15 gets closer to its release, it’s clear that Google is working towards a more unified Android experience. The ability to update the NFC stack directly through the Google Play System is a step that provides users with a more consistent and secure operating system.

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