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Android 15’s internal code name is Vanilla Ice Cream

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Android 15 Vanilla Ice Cream

Last month, Google released the Android 14 Developer Preview 1 to Pixel smartphones (4a 5G to 7 Pro). As we are still months away from the tentative Android 14 release, Google appears to be already working on Vanilla Ice Cream, which is the code name of Android 15.

According to Mishaal Rahman, the internal code name of 2024’s Android 15 operating system is Vanilla Ice Cream. This leak arrived quite earlier compared to the last year as we got to know the dessert code name of Android 14 in late April.

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You may have been wondering about how this came too early as Android 14 is in the early stage. Well, it’s possible that the company may have made some code changes in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and the developer discovered it in that.

Android 15 Vanilla Ice Cream

In the past few years, Google made dessert code names limited to developers and public Beta stages during development. Now, new versions of Android are just expressed as versions such as Android 14, Android 13, Android 12, and so on.

Dessert code name naming flashback:

  1. v14 – Upside-Down Cake
  2. v13 – Tiramisu
  3. v12 – Snow Cone
  4. v11 – Red Velvet Cake
  5. v10 – Quince Tart

Android 14:

Google seeded the first Developer Preview build of Android 14 last month, with an aim to deliver Stable software by August. The company is likely to begin the Android 14 Beta program for general users, and the announcement may happen during Google I/O 2023.

One UI 6.0:

We just revealed which Samsung devices are eligible for the One UI 6.0 Beta program, which you can check here. The company may start the One UI 6 Beta program nearly at the time of the stable Android 14 release by Google. We believe, Samsung devices may start getting stable One UI 6.0 update by October 2023.

2024 One UI:

One UI 6.0 is a mature software skin in the Android segment, which is known for its futuristic and impressively developed features. Samsung is continuing the version strategy since the launch of the original One UI version way back in 2019. And if it continues, we will welcome the One UI 7 in 2024.

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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.

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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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