Android 15 release date prediction, features, what we know

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Following the launch of its first-ever developer preview, heads have been turning from Android 14 over to its successor, Android 15. Will Google’s next major Android OS installment, codenamed “Vanilla Ice Cream,” be as sweet as it sounds? While the finished version is still a good few months away, this initial preview gave us the first taste of the performance, camera enhancements, and privacy system updates that will come packed in Android 15. In this article, we’ll dive into the latest rumors and news about the Android 15 operating system, including its expected release date, compatibility, and rumored features.

Android 15 release date prediction

Just like Android 14’s first developer preview, which launched on February 8 last year, the first Android 15 developer preview was also released in February, but this time on February 15th. Following this preview, we can anticipate the first public beta to be available in April or May. The final stable version of Android 15 is likely to be officially announced this summer at Google I/O 2024 and released in tandem alongside the launch of the Google Pixel 9 series in the fall. This gives us an initial time frame of somewhere around late August to September.

For reference, Android 14 was released on Pixel devices in October, so it’s possible this could be mirrored in the release of Android 15. Of course, it’s essential to note that these timelines are based on past releases and may be subject to change: but, a timeline from Google Developer does confirm Android 15 hopefully getting platform stability from about June to July onwards before a final release later in the year.

Android 15 timeline taken from https://developer.android.com/about/versions/15/overview

Android 15 rumored features – what are they?

The next installment of Android is rumored to bring several exciting features and improvements to enhance the user experience. While these features are not confirmed, leaks and speculations provide a glimpse of what to expect.

Battery health percentage

One potential nifty feature coming in Android 15 is the inclusion of a battery health percentage. This feature would display the estimated percentage of charge the battery can currently hold compared to when it was new. It allows users to assess the wear and tear on their device’s battery, identifying any potential issues with battery health and troubleshooting if they arose from a worn-out battery or problematic software. This feature is one that’s already available on iOS devices, and Android 14 beta versions have shown signs of Google working on implementing it in Android 15.

Private space

Android 15 could introduce a native version of Samsung’s Secure Folder feature, known as “Private Space.” This feature would enable users to hide sensitive apps in a separate, hidden area that requires a PIN, pattern, password, or biometrics to get into. 

In addition to providing an added layer of security, Private Space might also have its very own instance of the Google Play Store, allowing users to download apps discreetly. This feature would be especially useful when lending your phone to others, as the hidden apps would remain inaccessible to anyone apart from you.

Lock screen widgets

Lock screen widgets, which were originally introduced in Android 4.2 but later removed, might make a comeback in Android 15. An unfinished feature called “Communal Space” has been discovered in a recent Android beta release by Android Authority’s Mishaal Rahman, allowing users to add widgets to their home screen. Currently, the feature supports Google Calendar, Google Clock, and the Google app, but more app support would likely be added before the official release itself. It’s worth noting that this feature is currently limited to devices with Hub mode, such as the Pixel Tablet, so perhaps it will be limited when it comes to what devices will benefit from these widgets.

Bluetooth Auracast

Android 15 might bring support for Bluetooth Auracast, a highly anticipated feature that enables users to share the audio they’re listening to with others over Bluetooth. This feature would allow multiple Bluetooth headphones or earphones to tune into the same audio stream, making it possible to enjoy synchronized listening experiences. The implementation of QR codes has been mentioned, simplifying the process of connecting and sharing audio between devices.

Easy Mode

Another neat spot from Android Authority points towards the potential launch of an ‘Easy pre-set’ that will optimize the UI for those who are less technologically adept. By creating a pre-set that both changes text and icon size and simplifies the Android interface, Android would make smartphone use even more accessible for those who are hard of vision or struggle using technology.

Will Android 15 be a free update?

Yes, Android updates are typically provided free of charge to eligible devices, and Android 15 is not expected to rock the boat in this regard. As far as we’re currently concerned, Android 15 will be free to all those with smartphones that support the update.

Which devices will receive the Android 15 update?

Google’s Pixel smartphones, including the Pixel 6 and newer models, are expected to receive the Android 15 update; as flagship Google phones, the first previews are likely to land on the Pixel 8, 8 Pro, and Pixel Fold first and foremost. Samsung flagship devices, such as the Galaxy S24 series and foldable phones, are also likely to support this operating system. Other manufacturers, including OnePlus, Sony, Xiaomi, and Motorola, are expected to update their devices as well with their own unique overlays that optimize Android 15 for their smartphones.

Conclusion

As the release of Android 15 draws closer, the anticipation for its new features and improvements over its Android 14 successor continues to grow. While the official details are yet to be confirmed, the rumors surrounding Android 15 suggest exciting additions that aim to further enhance the Android experience for users of all abilities and ages. Will Android 15 be the operating system that gets more and more people converting from iOS to Android? We’ll be keeping on top of what comes next for Android 15, so make sure to check back regularly as we find out more about what this operating system has on offer.

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