Android 15 Developer Preview 2: Dive into Satellite Connectivity, Enhanced NFC, and More

A little while ago, Google introduced the first glimpse of the latest Android 15 in the form of a developer preview. It included several new features and significant improvements. With that, Google has just released the Android 15 Developer Preview 2, which has arrived with the most noticeable features, along with some crucial improvements, out of the box. 

Google has begun rolling out the latest build of the new Android 15 in the form of Developer Preview 2. As mentioned, the company brought the latest build with numerous noticeable features and tweaks, including the most prominent highlight being the support for satellite connectivity on Android phones, cover screen support, screen record detection, HDR headroom control, and more. 

Satellite connectivity support has now been extended

Android 15 is working towards upgrading the Android communication experiences by introducing the latest advancements within it, including the latest satellite connectivity support, which was first introduced by Apple with its iPhone 14 lineup and then significantly came into the limelight as several other Android brands began supporting the same within their phones as well. 

In contrast, Google focuses on extending the satellite connectivity feature with Android 15, which brings some new UI components in order to ensure a better and more consistent user experience while using the satellite connectivity feature. Additionally, Android 15 also offers the support of certain SMS applications along with the RCS apps to use the satellite connectivity for receiving or sending messages.

Enhanced NFC

Google announced that the new Android 15 developer preview 2 will also help in providing a much more smooth NFC experience. Simultaneously, the company is also working towards making the Android NFC ecosystem robust and enhancing tap-to-pay transactions to make them much more reliable and smoother. 

Applications get more flexible

The latest developer preview of Android 15 comes with more app flexibility for several large screens, flippables, and foldables, respectively. With the new cover screen support, your flip phones that usually have a cover screen will be able to automatically detect the cover screen. While these cover screens are small in size and can’t display large amounts of information about the Android apps, now with the new cover screen support, the Android applications can optimize themselves to display their relevant information on the screen. 

More privacy and transparency with screen record detection 

With the new Screen Record detection, Android 15 brings support for certain apps so that the screen is being recorded. The app can now detect whether someone is recording the screen or not, thanks to the addition of a new callback feature. This will act as a warning for the user that their content present on the screen is being shown while the recording is in process. 

The media has made improvements

Android 15 is here with some media improvements that will certainly help in enhancing the media experience. Here comes the HDR headroom control. The system will be able to choose a much more appropriate headroom level, which will ensure that the phone’s screen looks more consistent, as your gallery usually consists of several pictures, some of which are of regular SDR quality while others are in HDR quality, which will affect the screen adversely, making the screen look darker where there are regular SDR quality images. 

Loudness control 

Featuring the CTA-2075 loudness standards, the Android 15 comes with support that will make sure that the app developers can avoid inconsistent loudness and also assure that they don’t need to adjust the volume levels while switching between different content. In the meantime, in order to adjust the audio loudness and dynamic range compression levels, the system usually depends upon the known characteristics of the output devices, including headphones and speakers, and also on the loudness metadata that is available in the AAC audio content, respectively. 

Android 15: Release

In addition, as of now, Google is working towards the improvements of Android 15, releasing certain internal APIs along with other app-facing system behaviors. With that, now it’s expected that the company is going to achieve the Android 15 platform stability somewhere in the month of June this year, seeing that the current Android 14 reached its platform stability in June last year.

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