Android 15 Beta 1 Debuts Edge-to-Edge App Display Support, Better Security & Accessibility, and Productivity

Nigel Dixon-Fyle

The beta release of Android 15 is the next iteration in the Android platform development. It offers support for edge-to-edge displays, default system bar visibility, and several new user privacy features.

What’s Happening & Why This Matters

The Android 15 Beta 1 is currently available for all Pixel devices eligible for Android 15. Smartphones launched from Pixel 6 onwards including Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, Pixel Fold, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro can download the update and install it on their smartphones

Android 15 Beta 1 supports for edge-to-edge app displays on supported Pixel devices. Android is well know for user-driven customizations. Users have the ability to justify text based on letter spacing and support for OS-level app archiving.

New Features in Android 15 Beta 1

  • Apps can be displayed edge-to-edge by default
  • Support for registering fingerprints for tap-to-pay experiences
  • Text justification based on letter spacing for languages like Chinese and Japanese
  • OS level support for app archiving and unarchiving
  • Addition of ProfilingManager class for collecting information
  • Support for Braille in the TalkBack screen reader
  • Key management for end-to-end encryption
  • Additional features to prevent malicious background apps from misbehaving

In his blog post, Dave Burke, VP of Engineering for Android, states that Android 15 aims to improve productivity, privacy, security, and accessibility for users across a diverse range of devices and carriers.

TF Summary: What’s Next

The Android 15 Beta 1 release initiates further improvements to the Android platform. It opens up opportunities for developers to create more immersive, user-centric apps while prioritizing privacy and security.

Keep an eye out for subsequent beta releases and the official release of Android 15.

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By Nigel Dixon-Fyle "Automotive Enthusiast"
Nigel Dixon-Fyle is an Editor-at-Large for TechFyle. His background in engineering, telecommunications, consulting and product development inspired him to launch TechFyle (TF). Nigel implemented technologies that support business practices across a variety of industries and verticals. He enjoys the convergence of technology and anything – autos, phones, computers, or day-to-day services. However, Nigel also recognizes not everything is good in absolutes. Technology has its pros and cons. TF supports this exploration and nuance.
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