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Google Android 13’s four new dynamic themes revealed

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Material You, a dynamic theming that lets users customize their phone with unique colors based on wallpaper is one of the biggest changes noticed in the Android 12 software system. Now it looks like Google wants to build more on this feature.

A piece of new information suggests that Android 13 will get a better-theming engine than Android 12 which will allow users to choose colors from four new combinations. According to AndroidPolice,  Google is working on four new styles of the theming system for the future Android version.

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The four new color combinations are codenamed – TONAL_SPOT, VIBRANT, EXPRESSIVE, and SPRITZ.

  • TONAL_SPOT: It is the default color theming scheme that Android 12 currently uses.

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  • VIBRANT: It will have some colors in addition to the TONAL_SPOT, but with slight differences in supplementary accents.

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  • EXPRESSIVE: It will have a wider range of colors that are actually not a part of the wallpaper, but will complement the other colors of the wallpaper well.

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  • SPRITZ: It is a muted, desaturated, nearly monochromatic theme.

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Do note that these are still early days leaks of Android 13 and we are months away from Android 13 Developer Preview. However, as early as any new information arrives on this matter, we’ll make sure to inform you. 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 [January 13]

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Google Android 15 Beta 1.1 update fixes NFC issue and more

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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.

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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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