Google confirms Android 15 release: New features and Supported devices


Google confirms Android 15 release: Google released Android 15 Developers Preview 1 (DP1) and outlined the release schedule for the Developer Preview and forthcoming Beta. 

Android 15.(Pics Credit-Nextpit)

 

Android supporters have gotten their first look at Android 15. The latest version of Google‘s mobile operating system includes a number of behind-the-scenes improvements targeted at improving communication between hardware and software.

While it is still early in the development cycle, this initial preview focuses on several of Android 15’s key priority areas, including improving user privacy, providing developers with more powerful tools, and optimising performance.

This announcement comes at a crucial moment, as Google strengthens its relationship with its long-standing rival-turned-partner, Samsung. The emphasis on improving the platform’s general health and promoting greater collaboration with hardware manufacturers looks to be sensible strategy, especially in the drive to compete with Apple’s well-known seamless hardware and software integration.

New Features

1. Improved camera tools-  It introduces some interesting new features for content creators and developers that want to push the boundaries of mobile experiences. A significant improvement is improved in-app camera controls, which provide developers more precise control over brightness, flash intensity, and other image aspects that were previously limited to default camera apps.

2.Updated Privacy Sandbox-  It includes the latest generation of the Privacy Sandbox, an experiment aimed at changing how user data is handled for advertising purposes. The basic idea is to abandon existing monitoring technologies, which potentially jeopardise privacy, in favour of systems that anonymize user data into aggregate “interest groups.” Android 15 goes a step further, adding additional measures to minimise the covert tracking practices used by some apps.

3.Improved performance- Android 15 enhances the Dynamic Performance Framework with new tools for controlling CPU/GPU workloads and optimising thermal efficiency, resulting in smoother, more responsive app experiences. Developers can now direct threads to prioritise power above raw performance when necessary, and the system can dynamically modify core frequencies based on reported workload demands.

4.Cryptographic protection for application files– On the security front, Android 15 adds new APIs to the current FileIntegrityManager, which uses the Linux kernel’s fs-verity tool. This allows developers to cryptographically protect their software files, ensuring that they are not tampered with.

5.Expanded Health Connect scope- On the security front, Android 15 adds new APIs to the current FileIntegrityManager, which uses the Linux kernel’s fs-verity tool. This allows developers to cryptographically protect their software files, ensuring that they are not tampered with.

When will Android 15 be available in stable form?

Google plans to achieve platform stability in June. Stable Android 15 should be available many months later, while no specific date has been announced. However, given that Android 14 was launched in October of last year alongside the Pixel 8 series, it is reasonable to predict the same pattern this year as well.

Which devices are compatible with this update?

Currently, only Google’s Pixel devices are compatible with Android 15.

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