Google I/O 2024: Android 15 Announced, Full List Of New Features

Google has rolled out the latest Beta 2 version of the Android 15 during the second day of Google I/O 2024. Here's all you need to know about the latest software update.
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Android 15 Announced: Check Features, Devices, More

During day two of the Google I/O 2024 annual developer conference, the tech giant revealed the Android 15 Beta 2 version. It comes with a bunch of new features and improvements. Several Android smartphones and Pixel devices are ready to witness the new features that come with the Android 15 Beta version. However, it comes at a cost. Here's everything you need to know about Android 15 -- new features, rollout, and how to download it now.

Android 15: What's New?

Private Space for Apps: Android 15 introduces a private space for sensitive apps, requiring extra authentication. This secure area keeps apps like health and banking hidden, with isolated data and notifications. You can set up a separate lock and hide its existence.
Theft Detection Lock: Using Google AI, Android 15 can detect if your phone is stolen and quickly lock it, protecting your personal and financial data from thieves.
Real-time Protection Against Fraud Apps: Google Play Protect now uses on-device AI to detect fraudulent apps in real-time. It analyzes app behaviour to spot suspicious activities and disables harmful apps if necessary.
RCS Messaging: Google is enhancing messaging in Japan with RCS in Google Messages, including high-resolution photo and video sharing, improved group chats, and end-to-end encryption for a more secure experience.
Adding Items to Google Wallet from Photos: This feature allows you to create digital versions of text-based passes, like event tickets and library cards, by taking a photo. These passes can be stored in Google Wallet for easy access and will be available soon in the U.S.
AR Content in Google Maps: Access augmented reality content directly in Google Maps for immersive ways to learn about locations, starting with experiences in cities like Singapore and Paris.
More Apps in the Car: Enjoy more entertainment apps in cars with Google built-in, such as Max, Peacock, and Angry Birds, available on models like the Acura ZDX and Ford Explorer. Google Cast is also coming to cars with Android Automotive OS, starting with Rivian.
Google TV Gets AI Touch: Google TV will use AI-based recommendations to help you discover content faster. The Gemini model provides AI-generated descriptions on the home screen, personalized based on your preferences, and fills in missing or untranslated information.
Fast Pair: Fast Pair simplifies connecting Android devices and accessories, tracks battery life, and locates missing devices with Find My Device. New Bluetooth tracker tags from Chipolo and Pebblebee will be supported later this month, with more brands to follow.

Android 15 Roll Out: When Will You Get It?

Google's latest software update for Android smartphones and tablets is now available for users as well as developers, so you can test your app's compatibility and try out the new features ahead of the final release. Google plans to release further updates in June and July, with the stable version for all users expected to roll out in August or later. However, it must be noted that as the Android 15 is still in beta version, you may still witness bugs or issues. Hence, it's recommended to download Android 15 Beta 2 only if you're eager to try new features, even if it means encountering occasional bugs.
Here are quick steps to download Android 15's Beta 2 version:
  • To download the Android beta release, go to google.com/android/beta.
  • Select "Opt-in" for your device.
  • If you have a compatible Pixel or another Android phone eligible for Android 15 Beta 2 and use the same Google account, you can join the program on this page.
  • After opting in, check for updates on your device. The update typically arrives within an hour, but it might take longer.

Android 15: Supported Devices

Google has confirmed that these Pixel devices are eligible to download Android 15 Beta versions:
  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6 Pro
  • Pixel 6a
  • Pixel 7
  • Pixel 7 Pro
  • Pixel 7a
  • Pixel Tablet
  • Pixel Fold
  • Pixel 8
  • Pixel 8 Pro
Apart from these, several other Android phones are confirmed to support Android 15 Beta, including:
  • OnePlus 12
  • OnePlus Open
  • Realme 12 Pro+
  • Nothing Phone 2a
  • Vivo X100
  • iQOO 12
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