Android 15: AI, Private Space, Scam Protections, and More

Joseph Adebayo

Google unveiled Android 15, its latest mobile operating system, during the ongoing Google I/O conference. Betas are already available for certain Android phone models. This new release promises a host of features centered around AI integration, enhanced security, and improved user experience.

Starting with a “Private Space” for sensitive apps to innovative scam protection, I/O’s Android 15 plans are a secured mobile platform for developers.

What’s Happening & Why This Matters

Let’s summarize several features coming to Android 15:

  • Private Space: Android 15 introduces “Private Space,” a secure area within the app drawer where users can store sensitive apps. Accessing this section requires an additional layer of authentication, distinct from the main phone lock screen. This feature ensures that sensitive information remains private and protected from prying eyes.
  • Theft Detection Lock: Later this year, Android 15 will include a Theft Detection Lock. Using accelerometers and AI, the phone can detect if it is being snatched and will automatically lock itself, enhancing security against theft.
  • Enhanced Multitasking: Android 15 builds on previous versions by making the taskbar in tablet mode always visible. This change improves multitasking capabilities, allowing users to switch between apps more efficiently and even save split-screen view shortcuts.
  • Predictive Back Gesture: The Predictive Back feature, now enabled by default, provides a smoother transition when performing the back gesture. It shows a preview of the screen behind, allowing users to decide whether to complete the gesture.
  • AV1 Video Codec: To enhance video playback capabilities, Android 15 supports AV1 video codec via software decoding. This ensures high-quality video streaming on a wide range of devices, including those without hardware support for AV1.

AI Enhancements:

  • Scam Protection: One of the standout AI features in Android 15 is its ability to detect scam calls. The AI listens to phone conversations and can alert users if it detects common scam phrases, such as requests to transfer money. This feature operates on-device, ensuring privacy and security.
  • AI-Powered Assistance: The Gemini AI can now be accessed via the power button, offering capabilities like summarizing documents, generating images from text prompts, and understanding chat logs to suggest future actions.


The introduction of Private Space and Theft Detection Lock significantly enhances user security. These features protect sensitive information and provide peace of mind against theft. Features like the always-on taskbar and Predictive Back gesture improve the overall user experience, making multitasking and navigation smoother and more intuitive.

The inclusion of AV1 video codec support ensures users can enjoy high-quality video content, even on devices lacking hardware support.

TF Summary: What’s Next

When gold-master Android 15 rolls out, users can expect enhanced security, smarter AI integration, and usability improvements. How AI-driven features influence the popular mobile operating system is unknown. Users and developers are keen to dive deeper into new capabilities and see how they can be leveraged.

Android 15 is poised to offer a more secure, intuitive, and powerful user experience.

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By Joseph Adebayo “TF UX”
Joseph Adebayo is the user experience maestro. With a degree in Graphic Design and certification in User Experience, he has worked as a UX designer in various tech firms. Joseph's expertise lies in evaluating products not just for their technical prowess but for their usability, design, and consumer appeal. He believes that technology should be accessible, intuitive, and aesthetically pleasing.
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