Google releases the Android 15 Beta 2 update, revealing new features

By Consultants Review Team Thursday, 16 May 2024

The release of Android 15 Beta 2 was announced by the company on the second day of the Google I/O 2024 event. For Pixel smartphones, the update is presently available. This release is made without the customary hoopla because Google appears to be concentrating on the AI enhancements related to Gemini this year.

Google chose a simple release over a grandiose event, which means that the Android 15 Beta 2 will be available for a wider range of devices from manufacturers like Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Nothing, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, vivo, and Xiaomi in addition to Pixel users. Apparently a "incremental Beta-quality release," the Android 15 Beta 2 expands on the first Android Beta Program OTA upgrade that was made available last month.

The latest beta is available for installation on a variety of Pixel devices, including:

- Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

- Pixel 6a

- Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

- Pixel 7a

- Folding Pixels

- Pixel Tablet

- Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro

- Pixel 8a

Through an over-the-air (OTA) update, those who have previously signed up for the Developer Preview or Beta builds will immediately receive the Beta 2 upgrade. Detailed onboarding instructions may be found on the official Android website under the "Get Android 15" section.

Features of Android 15 Beta 2

The inclusion of Private Space is one of this release's most notable features. With the help of this function, users may store private apps on a different profile that stays hidden while the phone is closed. When the profile is closed, Private Space apps are hidden in a specific launcher container and cannot be accessed through recent apps, alerts, or settings.

App Pairs, which allows users to save and open two programs at once in split-screen mode, is another noteworthy innovation. This facilitates faster access to frequently used app combinations, which enhances multitasking. Additionally, Predictive Back has been enhanced and is now turned on by default, saving developers from having to do so manually.

Furthermore, when partial access is provided to applications, Android 15 has improved media permission management that lets them showcase just the most recently chosen images and videos. Furthermore, applications designed for Android 15 have the ability to offer Remote Views to the Widget Picker, enhancing the personalization and relevance of widget previews.

Skin temperature and training plans are the two new data types added to the Health Connect feature. With this upgrade, users may now measure their fitness and health in more ways. Users will be able to differentiate notifications using haptics as it even allows apps to define rich vibrations for incoming notifications based on channel. Additionally, the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode entry animation has been improved, which is good for apps that include overlay user interface components.

Finally, Android 15 resolves security issues by preventing applications from initiating actions if their UID does not match the top of the stack. This safeguard stops malicious apps from starting the activity of another app and then superimposing themselves on top of it.

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