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Google’s Android 15 Beta 1 Released: What’s New

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Google has released the Android 15 Beta 1 for Pixel devices through OTA. This beta update is available for testing for developers and early adopters. Android 15 brings improvements to increase productivity, enhance app quality, and strengthen privacy and security.

Now, users of the Pixel devices can try out the new features of Android 15 on their devices ahead of the stable release. The beta program is essential for refining Android, with user feedback playing an essential role.

Android 15 Beta 1 update arrives with a bundle of new features and enhancements to provide a better and next-level experience. It uses full screen, enhances NFC payments, supports more languages with better text justification, and introduces app archiving to save space.

Moreover, it also adds new developer tools for app profiling and improves Braille display compatibility. Security is strengthened with key management for encryption and more rigid background activity controls.

Android 15 First Beta Update Features

Edge to Edge

In Android 15, apps automatically use the full screen, showing content behind the system bars without extra coding. For older Android versions, it’s still best to use `enableEdgeToEdge()` to achieve this look. Material 3 design helps manage the layout for you, ensuring your app looks great on all devices.

By default, system bars on Android 15 are see-through, allowing app content to extend behind them. To avoid content hidden by the system bars, refer to “Handle overlaps using insets” documentation for Views or the Window insets section in Compose.

Android 15 Beta 1

Smooth NFC experience – part 2

The tap-to-pay process is now smoother, with apps able to register for notifications of NFC polling, ensuring better performance across multiple NFC applications.

Inter-character justification

A new justification mode allows for better letter spacing in texts, particularly benefiting languages like Chinese and Japanese that don’t rely on spaces.

App archiving

To save storage, users can now archive rarely used apps while keeping their data intact. This feature is now supported at the OS level, making it easier for app stores to adopt.

App managed profiling

Developers can gather in-depth app performance data with the new ProfilingManager class. An upcoming Jetpack API will further streamline this process.

Better Braille

TalkBack now supports a wider range of Braille displays, thanks to compatibility with the HID standard over USB and Bluetooth.

Key management for end to end encryption

The new E2eeContactKeysManager API helps in managing cryptographic keys for end-to-end encryption in apps.

Secured background activity launches

Android 15 enhances security by restricting background apps from unauthorized foreground launches.

App compatibility

With Android 15 in beta, developers are advised to test their apps for compatibility and address any issues to ensure a smooth user experience.

If you’ve a eligible pixel device, join the beta program now to enjoy the new features on your smartphones.

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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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