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Recently, Google started to release the Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1 update to Pixel smartphone users. The company will continue to run the Android 13 QPR3 Beta program until the Android 14 Beta begins as part of testing features that would be released with the June 2023 Android Feature Drop.

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Courtesy of Esper.io’s Mishaal Rahman, we have a pretty clear idea of what new features are included in the latest Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1. It’s worth mentioning that the company brought various tweaks with the QPR3 Beta derived from the Android 14 DP2.

Android 13 QPR Beta is a Pixel-exclusive software development plan, which Google initiated to test features prior to its quarterly feature drops. Similarly, Samsung brings new features and enhancements to Galaxy devices, but there’s no pre-defined distribution program.

Here is the Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1 stuff:

  • Device Controls can show a custom embedded activity from providers, but only to developers in Android 14 DP2’s release.
  • The transient taskbar is now available when gesture navigation is enabled, while the persistent taskbar appears with 3-button navigation.
  • Users now have the option to display weather on the lock screen separately from smartspace.
  • The font scaling Quick Setting tile is now available when enabled.
  • A new “emoji wallpaper” generator is available in Android 14 DP2, but not enabled by default.
  • Three new keyguard quick affordances are supported: Mute, notetaking, and video camera.
  • Watch Unlock feature can now be accessed through Settings integration.
  • A “show only new notifications on lock screen” option is available under Settings Notifications, but only if the lock_screen_show_only_unseen_notifications is set to ‘1’.
  • Share menu is more consistent with an unbundled chooser.

After two developer previews, the Mountain View company is expected to release the Android 14 Public Beta 1 for Pixel devices next month. As reported, there will be a single Beta update in QPR3 Beta as Google says the preview will “continue until Android 14 Beta kicks off.”

“If you’re participating in QPR3 beta, you will automatically receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 14 Beta 1 when it becomes available. No separate program opt-in is required. We’ll provide more information as we get closer to the Android 14 beta release.”

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Android 15 Beta 2.1 update fixes Private Space issue

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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.

One UI 7 (Android 15) to boost Galaxy phone battery with 3 extra hours of standby

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One UI 7 (Android 15) to boost Galaxy phone battery with 3 extra hours of standby

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Google’s Android 15 is ready to enhance user experience with its significant battery life enhancement. Announced at Google I/O 2024, the Android 15 update promises up to 3 additional hours of standby battery time on some devices. This enhancement is based on the faster activation of doze mode, a power-saving Android feature.

Doze mode has been part of Android since version 6.0, and with Android 15, devices will enter this mode 50% quicker than before. This change means that phones will use less power when they’re not being used for longer battery life.

Although Wear OS 5 based on Android 14 will also benefit from related battery optimizations. Users can expect these enhancements in the Wear OS 6 update. In addition, One UI 7 based on Android 15 is also expected to boost Galaxy phone battery with 3 additional hours of standby.

According to AndroidAuthority, the VP of Engineering of the Android Platform, Dave Burke said, “For Android 15, we’ve sped up the time to doze (doze is when we go into a quiesce state) by 50%. So we get into doze 50% faster, and the result is on some devices we tested up to 3 hours longer standby power. And that’s sort of a general improvement in 15 that applies to all devices.”

Google aims to enhance Android’s core features to ensure all devices upgrading to Android 15 will enjoy 3 hours longer standby battery power feature.

As we highly rely on our devices, Google’s focus on extending battery life is a remarkable development. With Android 15, Google is not just adding new features but also ensuring that the devices are more efficient and reliable.

Android 15, Wear OS 5 to bring Passkeys support on Gboard

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Android 15, Wear OS 5 to bring Passkeys support on Gboard

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Google is enhancing its security features with the introduction of Passkeys in Android 15 and Wear OS 5 through Gboard. This integration is expected to offer a more efficient and secure user experience.

The new feature will simplify the sign-in process to a single tap, replacing the previous method that required multiple steps. It displays all necessary information at once to make it more efficient for users with several accounts.

The latest version of Credential Manager on Android 15 will include this feature. Additionally, Gboard’s Autofill function will now suggest Credential Manager results, helping in a smoother sign-in process.

Credential Manager will also be available on Wear OS 5, which allows users to log in to apps on their smartwatches using passwords, Passkeys, or Google sign-in. This aims to provide a login experience similar to that on smartphones.

Google’s plans to integrate Passkeys into Gboard for Android 15 and Wear OS 5 were showcased at I/O 2024. This integration is set to be released later this year.

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