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Android 15 Beta 1 Is Now Available: Here’s the Full Changelog

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Finally, Google’s new iteration, Android 15, enters the second phase, as Beta 1 is available to download now. 

Android ‘Vanilla’ stands for Android 15, the next major update to the Android smartphone operating system. After the Developer Preview phase, Google released Android 15 Beta 1, which can be installed on Pixel phones starting with the Pixel 6 and onwards. Here’s the new preview version that includes the announced features, the expected release timeline, and the eligible Pixel device list. 

Android 15 Beta 1 is available to download now

Google is actively, as well as schedule-wise, working on the next major update, Android 15, as it has already started rolling out Beta 1 for all the compatible Pixel smartphones and tablets. 

The Android 15 Beta 1 update has arrived with an identification build number of AP31.240322.018, and the installation package appears to be 613 MB in size on the Google Pixel 7 Pro. It also brings the March 2024 security patch. 

In a recent announcement, Vice President of the Android Engineering division at Google, Dave Burke, stated that the key focus of Android 15 is on enhancing productivity, users’ experiences, privacy and security, as well as accessibility. Also, Google is planning to reveal more detailed information at Google I/O. Now, Google is inviting developers to try Android 15 Beta 1 and provide feedback, which will be critical for the development process as the company has to finalize Android 15.  

Android 15 features: the transparent navigation bar offers an edge-to-edge experience 

All apps intended for Android 15 will be shown “edge-to-edge” by default, which means the navigation bar will be transparent or translucent, permitting your content to extend behind it, and the status bar will stay visible but adjust its color to match the content of the application behind it. 

Android 15 brings a new way to free up space in app storage

Google with Android 15 offers a new way to free up space without even uninstalling the application, for which you have to go to the App Info screen, then a new “Archive” button will appear instead of “Open,” housed at the top right beside ‘Uninstall’ and ‘Force Stop’, then archiving the app darkens its icon and adds a cloud with the down arrow icon. For using the application again, simply tap the icon, and the phone will download the necessary data to restore it. A network connection is recommended. 

Android 15: New features 

Google’s Android 15 introduces the new Wallet role, a digital wallet application that lets you choose your Wallet app even if Google Wallet is set as the default for NFC payments. For detailed information, you can check here

Android 15 brings a new way for application developers to collect performance data: Profiling Manager, which is a kind of API composite into Android Jetpack that permits developers to profile their applications directly from within the application itself. 

The company is offering TalkBack, which supports Braille displays through USB or’secure’ Bluetooth and uses the HID standard. The giants are reassuring app developers to use end-to-end encryption in their Android applications, for which Android 15 brings an API that will be managed by ‘E2eeContactKeysManager’ for developers to securely store encryption keys. 

This new beta 1 update focuses on protecting you from malicious applications and giving them more control over your devices, as Android 15 brings additional changes just to prevent’malicious’ background applications from bringing other applications to the foreground. 

Android 15: Release Date 

To increase the enthusiasm among Android fans, Google has updated the roadmap relating to the several builds that will arrive during the development process, which will end with the stable release of Android 15, scheduled for the second half of 2024. 

It is reported that the beta testing phase will run for several months until June’s beta 3, and it is expected to reach the stable stage in the early second half. At this time, the level 35 APIs for the SDK and NDK and app-related system behaviors will be finalized. A final stage of development will then follow. 

Android 15 Eligible Pixel Device List 

You can easily install Android 15 beta 1 by just registering one of the compatible smartphones with the Android Beta program. 

  • Google Pixel 8 (Shiba)
  • Google Pixel 8 Pro (Husky)
  • Google Pixel 7 (Panther)
  • Google Pixel 7 Pro (Cheetah)
  • Google Pixel 7a (Lynx)
  • Google Pixel 6 (Oriole)
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro (Raven)
  • Google Pixel 6a (Bluejay)
  • Google Pixel Fold (Felix)
  • Google Pixel Tablet (Tangorpro)

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Android 15 Beta 2.1 Rolling Out for Pixel Devices

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Google has introduced a new update in the development of Android 15 in the form of beta 2.1. With this software update, there is no major change; it will only aim to provide a resolution to a fix regarding the private space.

Android 15 Beta 2.1 Fixes Private space issue

With the Android 15 Beta 2 update, the company has introduced a new feature called private space, which allows users to create a separate space on their device where they can keep sensitive apps away from prying eyes under an additional layer of authentication. However, after using the feature, several users have reported issues with it.

Now, with the latest Android 15 beta 2.1, the company has resolved the issue and made it fully compatible with every application. 

The latest Android 15 beta 2.1 is now available for all eligible pixel devices, including Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet, Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, and Pixel 8a. It is now live for these devices with the firmware version number AP31.240426.023.

It is worth noticing that the latest update will be available for Pixel device users who have enrolled their devices in the Android 15 beta program. If you haven’t enrolled your device yet, you are still eligible to enroll your device and take advantage of the update by following the simple steps mentioned here.

Android 15 beta 2.1 official changelog

This minor update to Android 15 Beta 2 fixes the issue where creating a private space on a device for the first time removed app icons from the home screen (or home screens if more than one home screen had been added). (Issue #340868295)

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Android 15 Beta 2: A Deep Look at the Latest Features

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Google made Android 15 Beta 2 available to download a couple of days ago, bringing a plethora of new features, functionality, improvements, and more to deliver an overall seamless experience. Here we are taking a closer look at the changes spotted in the current beta of Android 15. 

Google has released Android 15 Beta 2, which brings us one step closer to the stable release of the next major iteration. This beta update brings bug fixes and introduces new features, of which one major feature appears under the title “Private Space,” a secure space on your device accessible with a fingerprint or password. 

This second beta of Android 15 brings some more improvements for delivering flawless multitasking and the user experience. Now owners of both tablets and phones have to power save specific application pairs to open in split-screen mode for quick access. The back gesture that allows you to go where you want to go is now supported by built-in applications like Gmail. The volume panel gets a visual refinement with a Material You design as well as larger sliders; however, functionality remains the same. 

A few more new features appear in Android 15 Beta 2, named Adaptive Vibration for Pixel smartphones. This feature uses the microphone and other sensors to adjust the phone’s vibration intensity based on a real-time scenario. It is expected that it could be an exclusive Pixel 9 feature, but at the moment it’s in testing on Pixel phones. 

Jumping on the new features and improvements in the system settings and management that Android 15 Beta 2 brings—now Bluetooth can be set to instinctively turn back on the next day—seems convenient for users who forget to turn it back on after random deactivation. The authentication panel gets revamped, as now it’s taller than the previous time and showcases the app icon at the top. The Privacy Dashboard page gets an upgraded look. The update brings a new tile for compatible hearing aids in the settings. 

You are now permitted to set which applications don’t get suggested at the top of the app drawer for a cleaner look. The update also upgrades accessibility; the high contrast setting moves from developer settings to a more user-friendly location, and the high contrast setting now works with Material You dynamic themes. A new collaboration also came into existence with McLaren Formula1 to create collaborative games that teach users about Android features. 

Google, at its I/O 2024 event, announced more upcoming updates. For instance, the Google Play system update will bring AI-based theft detection lock to phones that run at least Android 10 or later. It is also announced that Android 15 will bring AI-based vulnerability detection, and the Google Play Store will improve application permission checks. These are the major twerks that are expected to be housed in the stable version of Android 15, although it will be interesting to see what new novelties the upcoming Android 15 will bring. 

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Android 15 Offers Up to 3 Hours More Standby Time

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Google has already made Android 15 beta 2 available to download. The giant teased Android enthusiasts by suggesting that Android 15 improves backup battery life for up to 3 hours on specific devices. 

Android 15 is the next major iteration for Android devices. It is quite obvious that it will bring new improvements, upgrades, changes, and new features; for instance, private space and an extra layer of security to enhance the overall experience. Recently, Google at the I/O 2024 event revealed a hidden novelty: at least up to 3 hours longer backup battery life for some smartphones, and the credit goes to faster Doze mode activation. 

At Google I/O, Google executives revealed that Wear OS 5 smartwatches can run marathons with 20% less battery drain as compared to the previous version, Wear OS 4. It is said that this particular improvement comes from several optimizations, including reducing the time the main processor stays awake while writing health data. 

Sameet Samat, President of Android Ecosystem, discussed Wear OS 5 and suggested that this new version optimizes background tasks to improve battery life. It highlights running tasks while the watch is charging instead of while you are wearing it. This scheme quite matches the Doze mode of Android, which automatically schedules background tasks during idle periods when the screen is off. Noticeably, in the forthcoming Android 15 update, the Doze mode appears to be getting more convenient improvements. 

Doze mode will help activate 50% faster, which can lead to up to 3 hours of extra backup battery breath. This mode is expected to benefit all devices that will receive the Android 15 update. 

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