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Android 15 Could Add Support For Wireless Charging Through NFC

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Android 15 is the next big iteration of the Android smartphone industry and is expected to bring an advanced layer of upgrades, improvements, new features, and changes as per the convenience of users. Plus, it is also expected to add support for wireless charging via NFC. 

Wireless charging, also called inductive charging, is a way to charge electronic devices without cables, and it is typically handled by the Qi standard. But now it appears that Google is setting up to add overdue support for charging through NFC in Android 15, though it is yet to clear what it may be used for. 

In 2020, the NFC standard added official support for limited wireless charging capabilities, allowing the NFC hardware already in the device to transmit power to other devices. 

Now, reports say that Android 15 appears to be working on support for NFC wireless charging. This is being speculated as code spotted in Android 15 Beta 1 by a colleague specifically calls out the addition of support for ‘NfC Charging.’ 

Although this feature is included within Android 15 Beta 1, it is not officially part of the Android Open Source Project. Since a recent consult on NFC charging in AOSP commits, it’s clear that Google is working on this feature. Noticeably, there are limitations to NFC charging (only 1W) as compared to regular Qi chargers. 

Although the use of this feature is currently unclear, it will be interesting to see how it operates.

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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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