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Circle to Search Lands on Pixel Tablet in Android 15 Beta

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Google has recently rolled out the Android 15 beta update. With this update, the company provides several new featuresfor the Pixel devices. From those innovations, here is one most-awaited feature: the ability to circle to search.

According to the information, the new Circle to Search was spotted on the Pixel Tablet with the Android 15 beta 1.2 update; however, those users who are still using Android 14 didn’t get it. So, if you want to take advantage of the feature, then you have to enroll in the beta program or wait for the Android 15 stable update.

However, it is worth noticing that the company hasn’t made any noticeable changes to the main screen of the device. Specifically, when you install the Android 15 beta 1.2 update on your Pixel tablet and try to use the Circle to Search feature, it brings the same interface as on a smartphone, but the Google search bar is not stretched to the edge of the screen as the Circle to Search activates, which seems like it is not optimized completely yet. 

It is worth noticing that you will not be able to use the Circle to search feature if you have enabled the ‘Always show Taskbar”. Because it doesn’t give space for the navigation bar to appear on the home screen, if you still want to use both functions at the same time, then it is recommended to turn on the three-button navigation buttons, which will give you the shortcut to activate the circle to search functionality.

For your information, Circle search functionality was initially introduced in the Samsung Galaxy S24 devices; later, Google rolled it out to its latest high-end smartphones, including the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, and then expanded to older devices such as the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in March. Moving forward, it has also given the feature to the Pixel 6 series and then the Pixel 7a smartphones, and now the functionality has arrived for the Pixel Tablets.

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Samsung One UI 7.0 with Android 15: When Is It Coming?

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Samsung is already done with the Android 14-based One UI 6.1 era, and its upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6 will run One UI 6.1.1 out of the box. Now the giant is actively working to introduce the Android 15-based One UI 7.0update. Here’s the possible release date for One UI 7. 

Android 15 and One UI 7.0 Release Date

It has already been reported that Samsung has started its One UI 7 internal beta testing for the Galaxy S24. Galaxy smartphone users are eagerly waiting for the next major update, which is expected to bring tons of new features, improvements, and upgrades. The notable part of this upcoming update is that it will bring new AI-powered tools to expand the Galaxy AI package. 

When to Expect Samsung’s Android 15-based One UI 7.0

However, the internal beta testing for the One UI 7 has been spotted on the server, but Samsung has yet to confirm the arrival date for the update. Although, following the previous major One UI update release, One UI 7 is highly expected to arrive in late October 2024. The giant released OneUI 6.0 last year on October 30. Before that, OneUI 5.0 was released on October 24th. By these scheduled metrics, One UI 7.0 is expected to go live sometime in the final days of October. 

Now, as per recent report, One UI 7 will not arrive as early as was expected since there are a few circumstances, such as One UI 6.1.1. According to the tipster, the brand will start rolling out the One UI 6.1.1 to Galaxy S24 users in August. After that, it will look forward to the One UI 7 schedule. 

However, it’s possible that this time the brand could delay the One UI 7 official release since it is expanding the Galaxy AI package by offering more generative AI-powered tools. This fact is speculated since the giant got delayed in One UI 6.1 development, and the blame goes to the AI features. 

Before the stable release, Samsung usually offers the chance to test the latest major One UI upgrades through its beta program. The Galaxy S23 One UI 6.0 beta program went live in August last year. Samsung has yet to announce the launch date of the Android 15-based One UI 7.0 update. It will be interesting to see what new novelties the brand will offer with this major update.

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Android 15 Reaches Beta 3: Platform Stability Approaching

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Google has been working on the Android 15 development since the start of the year. The company introduced the first beta update in April 2024, then gradually moved forward with more updates. It is worth noticing that between the major beta updates, the search giant has also introduced some more updates in the form of fixes. It is now constantly moving in the development, but it has made the third beta update live for the Pixel devices.

Android 15 Beta 3: What’s New 

With the latest Android 15 beta 3, Google has introduced some new changes and improvements for the functionality of the devices. According to the changelog, users can now sign in to apps with passcodes using biometrics in one step. If users dismiss the passcode prompt, they can still see it in autofill suggestions. Now, credential providers can integrate with the system UI through a single-step sign-in experience, which makes the process more convenient. 

Additionally, WebSQL support in Android Webview is disproved, and it is planned to be removed in the next year. So developers are advised to switch to web storage API technologies like indexedDB. It is worth noticing that the latest beta update brings the June 2024 security patch to the devices. 

Availability and installation 

Android 15 beta 3 is live for all the eligible Pixel devices. For your information, the beta update is available for these devices: 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. If you are using any of the devices, you should start getting new beta updates for your service. If you don’t enroll in the beta program, you can still do that by following this process

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Android 15 Can Auto-Delete Unreliable Face and Fingerprint Unlocks

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Google is actively working on its next major update, Android 15. Today it made the third beta ready to download, which brings a new feature that can automatically delete biometrics that are not working seamlessly. 

Most Android smartphones offer biometrics facilities such as fingerprint scanners or facial recognition for unlocking to add an extra layer of protection against unauthorized access. Their accuracy can differ depending on the sensor, producer adjustments, or user scenarios. To take user complaints seriously, the upcoming Android 15 update might help by recommending the re-enrollment of biometrics that are not working well. 

The latest beta of Android 15 introduces a new feature that automatically deletes poorly functioning fingerprint or facial recognition data and prompts the user to re-enroll. The notification will assure the user that the data was deleted because of a malfunction, and it will ask to be re-set up for phone unlocking. 

Android smartphones allow users to manually delete their face or fingerprint model for so long by taking a few easy steps to Settings >> Security & Privacy >> Device Unlock >> Fingerprint & Face Unlock. Select the particular biometric option you want to delete, and then tap on the trash icon. 

However, the feature is still developing in the current beta version, so its functionality is uncertain, at least for now. It remains to be seen exactly how this new feature will work and how convenient it will be. 

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