Android 15 will get satellite tv for pc messaging, begins foldable cowl app assist

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By Calvin S. Nelson

Enlarge / The Android 15 emblem. That is “Android V,” if you cannot inform from the emblem.


Android 15 continues its march towards launch with the Android 15 Developer Preview 2. Android 15 will not be out till round October, however the first preview shipped a month in the past. It is time for one more one!

Android’s satellite tv for pc messaging assist has been within the works for a couple of 12 months now, and it appears like Android 15 goes to launch the function for apps. The brand new OS is together with notifications and higher standing bar indicators for whenever you’re related to area. A “NonTerrestrialNetwork” API will let apps know once they’re restricted to barely there satellite tv for pc connectivity. Google says Android 15 will let third-party SMS and MMS functions faucet into the satellite tv for pc connectivity APIs, however enhanced messaging with RCS assist shall be restricted to “preloaded” functions solely. It appears unimaginable that Google would not have public APIs for third-party RCS apps, however here is your affirmation that Android 15 will proceed locking out Play Retailer apps from RCS.

Android’s PDF assist could be in every single place relying on what machine you could have, so Android 15 is together with making some huge enhancements to the built-in PDF render. First it’ll find yourself as a module so it may be up to date through the Play Retailer. Google says this Android 15 model is getting “superior options corresponding to rendering password-protected information, annotations, kind modifying, looking out, and choice with copy.”

Flip phone-style foldables are upending the Android app ecosystem with tiny little screens which might be too small to work with regular Android apps, and Google is making an attempt to do one thing about them with Android 15. Right this moment gadgets just like the Motorola Razr and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, with ~3-inch-square entrance screens, are principally restricted to the packed-in apps.

For now it seems like Google is barely standardizing the opt-in flag, with a “cowl display screen assist” property. Google says: “These screens are too small to be thought-about as suitable targets for Android apps to run on, however your app can opt-in to supporting them, making your app obtainable in additional locations.” As for how precisely a developer is meant to assist a bunch of proprietary, ultra-tiny screens, it appears like Google is not prepared to assist with that but. Sooner or later, Android wants framework, IDE, and Play Retailer app itemizing assist for canopy screens.

The second developer preview is offered right now for the Pixel 6, 7, 8, Fold, and Pixel Pill. There is not any beta program but, so you will must seize a cable and flash it your self when you’re on the steady Android model. As at all times, these early releases are simply low-level developer-facing additions (we skipped numerous font and SQL modifications). The thrilling new options—if there are any—needs to be introduced on Could 14 at Google I/O.

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