Beta 1 of Android 15 has already been released, find out what's new

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Google recently released the first beta version of Android 15, arriving after two developer previews. This beta is now available for supported Pixel devices, and Android 15 features are expected to be officially unveiled during the Google I/O 2024 event on May 14.

Contrary to expectations of a massive redesign, Android 15 does not present drastic changes compared to Android 14, since instead, focuses on minor UI tweaks. Google is working on a desktop UI similar to Samsung DeX for Android, making it easier for apps to be displayed in full screen. Additionally, more security options are being added for cellular and Wi-Fi networks, default settings for wallet and notes apps, among other improvements.

What's new in Android 15 beta 1?

At the launch of this Beta 1 of Android 15 Regarding the second preview, The most important changes that stand out are:

  • Application Archiving: The built-in ability to archive rarely used applications to free up storage space. Applications with the REQUEST_DELETE_PACKAGES permission can now request their archive using the requestArchive method. This will remove the APK package and cache files, but will preserve the shortcut and user data. When you try to start an archived application, it is downloaded and restored again.
  • Edge-to-edge mode: By default, the Apps are displayed in edge-to-edge mode, allowing information to be displayed on the entire screen without touching the edges of the top status bar and bottom navigation bar. It is no longer necessary to explicitly call the Window.setDecorFitsSystemWindows(false) and EnableEdgeToEdge() functions to display content behind system panes.
  • NFC improvements: Android 15 Beta 1 introduces a significant change when replacing existing NFC batteries of Android with a separate module that will be part of the Mainline Project. In addition to that, The use of phones with NFC to pay for products with a single touch continues to be simplified. Apps can register a fingerprint on compatible devices to receive notifications about NFC-related activity when using multiple NFC-enabled apps simultaneously.
  • ProfilingManager class- Added this class that allows you to request profiling data from the application, such as heap dumps, heap usage information, and stack activity.
  • E2eeContactKeysManager API: This has been entered API to manage end-to-end (E2EE) encryption keys in applications. Its integration into the address book facilitates the management of recipients' public keys and their verification by the user.
  • Protection against malicious background activity: Added additional protection against malicious background apps that try to activate other apps, escalate privileges, and abuse the user experience.
  • Security enhancements: In Android 15 Google has not left security aside and contrary to what many thought, this version is focused on improving user security, highlighting security functions. One of the new options is «Cellular network security», found in your phone settings (Settings > Security & privacy > More security & privacy). This feature makes it easy to control the security of the user's cellular connection.
  • Wifi improvements: Android 15 also features renewed privacy settings for Wi-Fi networks. Google has introduced a dedicated section called “Wi-Fi Privacy”, which provides more granular control over the user's Wi-Fi experience. A notable feature is the “Send device name” option, which allows the user to choose whether their phone broadcasts its name when connecting to Wi-Fi networks.

If you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details In the following link.

As for those interested in knowing the capabilities of this Android 15 beta, they should know that it is not available for all devices and is only compatible with certain Google Pixel models. To install the Android 15 beta, you will need to have one of the following devices: Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Fold, and Pixel Tablet.

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