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Google Enhances Passkeys Functionality to Gboard on Android 15 to Wear OS 5

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Google’s developer conference, I/O 2024, focused dedicatedly on the furtherance of artificial intelligence and brought dozens of other announcements, including Wear OS 5 and Android 15 Beta 2. Google also discussed the future of passwordless login with passkeys, pointing out the possible incorporation into Android as well as Wear OS. 

From Google I/O 2024, it unfolds forthcoming enhancements to passkeys, focusing on a user-friendly as well as instant login experience. From the overall discussion, a strong connection between these advancements and the upcoming release of Android 15 and the new Wear OS update appears. 

Regarding this, the Google Workspace team discussed streamlining the passkey access mechanism, which will go from a sequence of multiple phases, such as account confirmation and authentication through fingerprint, face recognition, or PIN, to a single touch. 

The user experience sees all details on a single, larger screen; in the presence of multiple accounts, there will be a selector to switch from one to the other. The renewed passkey functionality is rolling out with the new versions of Credential Manager on Android 15. 

Google is looking forward to a strong combination of passkeys and reference applications for enhancing a seamless user experience. Android 15, including the improvement of Gboard integration, but here is the catch: it will be available only on devices upgraded to Android 15. While authenticating and clicking on a relevant text entry field, Gboard will automatically suggest login credentials instantly from the Credential Manager, and you apply them to passkeys and also to log in with Google and passwords. For detailed information, you can also check out the dedicated official video here

Being able to hope for a simplified authentication method is all the more beneficial where the display of the device used is particularly small, and now, to keep this point in mind, Google has decided to make Credential Manager available on smartwatches starting with Wear OS 5, opening up quick authentication through Passkey. 

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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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Android 15 Introduces Circle to Search Feature with Action Key

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Android 15 will be the most innovative OS on Android smartphones. Google, with its latest major OS update, lets you use the Circle to Search feature even when the persistent taskbar is showing on tablets. 

Initially, Circle to Search with Google debuted on the recently launched Galaxy S24 series, then expanded to Motorola Galaxy and Pixel devices, including tablets. However, the recent release on the Pixel Tablet of Android 15 has a kind of bug that forces the feature not to work with the action key. 

The action key is the button on the Android taskbar that introduces the floating app drawer. Just because Circle to Search can be appealing by long-pressing on the navigation handle, you might think there isn’t an issue with the feature on the Pixel Tablet. However, the navigation handle vanished while switching to the persistent taskbar, which means there’s no medium to appeal to Circle to Search unless you change back to the original, transient taskbar. 

The circle to search feature on the Pixel Tablet permits you to search on-screen content to avoid the time-consuming searching steps, but it had a bug in Android 15. It comes into action by long-pressing navigation action, but that disappeared while switching to the persistent taskbar. This meant that Circle to Search was not usable with the persistent taskbar. Now, Google, with the latest Android 15 Beta 3, has fixed this by permitting users to invoke Circle to Search with the action key regardless of the taskbar style.

When you boot up Android 15 Beta 3 and switch to the persistent taskbar, the launcher will even inform you that this is now possible by displaying a pop-up. Notably, the function to use the action key for this feature in Android 15 Beta 3 is not groundbreaking with the transient taskbar; it seems quite convenient with the persistent taskbar. This fix will help tablet users easily access Circle to Search, regardless of their taskbar preference. The update also permits the feature to be used even in split-screen mode. 

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