Android 15: News, Leaks, Timeline, And Everything New

Explore Android 15's potential with camera upgrades, selective sharing, MIDI 2.0 support, and privacy enhancements. What's next for your device?

By Abhishek Chandel
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Android 15: News, Leaks, Timeline, And Everything New

Android 15: News, Leaks, Timeline, And Everything New

Android is Google's popular open-source operating system that powers millions of smartphones and tablets. Google releases a new version of Android every year with new features, improvements, and enhancements. Android 15 is the upcoming major release expected later this year as the successor to last year's Android 14. In this post, we will cover the latest news, rumors, release timeline, and new features expected in Android 15.

Android 15 Release Timeline

Google has started releasing early developer previews of Android 15. Here is the timeline for the Android 15 rollout:

Google released the first developer preview of Android 15 on February 16, 2024. Additional developer previews are expected in March. These early builds are meant for developers to test compatibility and new APIs. Starting in April, Google will release beta versions of Android 15 for testing and feedback. Multiple beta releases are expected over the next few months.

Based on previous releases, the stable version of Android 15 is expected to launch sometime between August and October 2024. Pixel phones will get the update first. As with past releases, Pixel phones will be the first to receive the Android 15 update. Other smartphone makers will then follow with Android 15 updates for their devices.

Here are the devices that get a developer preview for Android 15:

  • Pixel 8 and 8 Pro

  • Pixel 7a

  • Pixel 7 and 7 Pro

  • Pixel 6a

  • Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

  • Pixel Fold

  • Pixel Tablet

New Features in Android 15

Android 15 is set to bring a host of new capabilities and improvements. Here are some of the new features confirmed by Google and others based on leaks.

Confirmed by Google

  • Android 15 will offer enhancements to the camera and photography experience when using third-party apps.

  • Users will be able to selectively share only a specific app instead of the entire screen.

  • Android 15 will add support for virtual MIDI 2.0 devices for music creation apps.

  • Google's Privacy Sandbox initiative will be updated in Android 15 to enhance privacy.

  • Support for additional health and fitness data types will be added to the Health Connect platform.

  • New file integrity APIs will allow better encryption and verification of app data files.

Rumored/Leaked Features

In addition, Android experts have uncovered hints about these possible features:

  • Android 15 may reintroduce support for widgets on the lock screen.

  • Users might be able to save app pairs for quick dual-app launching.

  • A new easy mode could make Android more accessible and straightforward for some users.

  • Android may directly archive unused apps, not just rely on the Play Store.

  • Android 15 could force apps to use edge-to-edge displays on notched screens.

  • More seamless Bluetooth device management may be added to quick settings.

  • Support for the new Bluetooth audio standard could arrive in Android 15.

  • Built-in phishing detection may be added to Android 15 for more protection.

  • NFC updates could be decoupled from full system updates for faster improvements.

Other Android 15 Details

Here are some other key details known about the next major Android release:

  • The internal codename is "Vanilla Ice Cream" continuing the dessert-themed names.

  • Android 15 has a new space-themed logo and visual design.

  • It will support Pixel phones going back to the Pixel 6 series and newer.

  • There is a focus on privacy, security, and performance improvements.

Wrap Up

Android 15 is shaping up to be an exciting release with new capabilities for photography, music, health tracking, privacy, and more. While the rumors sound promising, we'll have to wait for Google's official announcement and beta releases to know the final feature set.

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