Google is taking steps towards the next major OS version, Android 15. The company already did its job to officially debut the Android 14 OS version back in 2023, and almost all the smartphones’ brands have rolled out this major Android 14 update to their devices. Now the brand is setting up for the new enhancement for Androids.
It is expected that by the end of 2024, the brand will announce Android 15. The recent reports are revealing regarding Android 15, even before any official announcement.
Since Google has not announced a single bit of information on Android 15, not even the release date, However, as per the release schedules of previous OS versions, it is expected that it will launch the Android 15 Developer Preview in February or March, then the more stable and easily installable beta should follow in April or May, and at last the stable release will probably launch between August and October.
Here we are mentioning some of the expected Google’s Pixel smartphones that will receive Android 15 first in line as a developer preview and beta based on the update policy of Google.
- Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
- Pixel 6a
- Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
- Pixel 7a
- Pixel Tablet
- Pixel Fold
- Pixel 8 and 8 Pro
Pixel 5a is not mentioned here because it already received its three major OS updates.
Vanilla Ice-Cream OR Android 15: Both Are Same –
Usually Google does not use its internal Android code names for marketing purposes, but this time things take a U-turn. The brand is opening up more about its upcoming version, due to which reports are saying that Android 15 will be called Vanilla Ice-Cream.
Easter Egg of Android 15 Is Already Out
Every single time Google hides a new Easter egg in every latest version of Android, that is accessible by tapping on the phone’s Android version number several times in Settings. On the current Android 14, the brand brings up a NASA-style badge along with the Android mascot.
Now it appears that Google is in the process of redesigning the Easter egg for Android 15, and this is probably just a glimpse at it before it’s fully finished. The Easter egg this time may appear in a triangular shape (a V) in vanilla ice cream.
Android 15 Might Arrive With a Lock Screen Widget
Previously, Android used to support showing widgets on the lock screen. But then the brand dropped this feature along with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, only to remove it for the next few releases until it vanished in Android 5 Lollipop a few years later.
Now it appears that the brand, along with Android 15, could attach the lock screen widget again. However, at the time, this feature was still hidden behind flags. A well-known tipster, Mishaal Rahman, revealed that Google will reserve a lock screen widget for tablets and other multi-user devices.
Android 15 could arrive with multiple twerks
Google has not revealed anything official yet, but as per the leaks and reports, some information had already been revealed even before the launch. If reports are to be believed, it is expected that Android 15 will permit the user to save application pairs to the home screen for quick access; it may arrive with a native application archiver; it could also force the application to draw content edge-to-edge; it may also offer a
private space for sensitive applications for privacy; it could also offer more details regarding the battery health; for Bluetooth, it will get a pop-up dialog; and many more new features will enhance the experience.
Apart from all this, a post on X, formerly Twitter, shared by @MishaalRahman indicates that “Following the Bluetooth, WiFi, and UWB stacks, Google will next turn Android’s NFC stack into a modular system component, i.e., a Project Mainline module!”
The above-mentioned details are based on leaks and reports. Now we are discussing the features and specialties that should be in Android 15—such as lock screen widgets, stacked widgets, launching predictive back navigation in full, dedicated Wi-Fi and mobile network toggles, custom icon shapes, and many more—that are lacking in Android 14.
At the moment, Google has not revealed the release date yet, but it is expected that Android 15’s first developer preview may drop in February or March.
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Since Android was announced in 2007, I have kept track of it. With each news that came out more, I liked this operating system. I have been learning a lot with it, since I have seen it born and grow, and I hope to continue learning and share my knowledge and experiences about Android, services and applications.