The first developer preview of Android 15 is now available, giving us a first very early look at what to expect from the next major version of Android, which won’t officially launch until much later this year (probably in the fall).

Android 15 Developer Preview 1 can be installed in an emulator or on a Google Pixel 6 or later device, and it’s aimed at developers who want to ensure their apps are compatible with the next version of Android. So what’s new in this release?

Since this initial release is made for developers, Google mostly highlights features that will matter to folks who are building or updating apps in its release announcement. So we know that, among other things, Android 15 will allow developers to create apps that take advantage of these features:

  • Partial Screen Sharing: Android 15 will let screen recording or sharing apps allow users to show just the app window without recording the entire device screen. This means you can leave out the status bar and navigation buttons, for example.
  • File Integrity: New APIs use the Linux kernel’s fs-verity feature to protect files with custom cryptographic signatures to ensure they haven’t been tampered with.
  • In-app Camera Controls: There are new extensions that let developers boost camera preview brightness in low-light settings, and offer finer controls over the brightness of the LED flash.

Google’s announcement also mentions performance and efficiency improvements, support for virtual MIDI applications, and updates to Google’s Privacy Sandbox on Android and Health Connect by Android.

What Google hasn’t really focused on are changes that won’t be as important to developers. But fortunately Android observers like Mishaal Rahman and the folks at 9to5Google have begun digging into the developer preview to uncover some other changes, including:

  • Notification Cooldown: This optional setting can “gradually lower the notification volume when you get many successive notifications from the same app.”
  • Keyboard vibration: There’s an option to toggle keyboard vibration on or off if you’d prefer to disable haptics.

Expect more changes to be uncovered in the coming days… and more changes to be added to future builds of Android 15. Google plans to release another developer preview next month, a handful of beta releases in the coming months, and then several more “platform stability” builds over the summer before the first stable release Android 15 is ready to go this fall.

via Android Developers Blog

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  1. Desktop mode once again non-existent and thus further confirmation that Google’s next Pixels aren’t going to have DP over USB-C

    1. I confirm. This new android version doesn’t look good. There isn’t support for USB4 either.

      You buy a phone for over $1,500 and It has PC performance from 10 years ago, so you want to connect it to a Hub with multiple interfaces (use it like a small PC). The smartphone has only one port and it sucks… USB4 would allow you to connect a powerful Hub because currently the performance is terrible.

      1. Wasn’t Apple’s iPhone lighting junk dropped for USB-C, but then demand it use USB-4 instead. Besides USB is still a mess anyway.

      2. If you want real convergence, try a Linux-first phone like PinePhone (Pro) or Librem 5 and if you also need access to Android apps, stick Waydroid on it.

        1. I wouldn’t go with either of those options for a Linux first phone. PinePhone could never replace an Android phone and the Librem 5 is a combination of stupidly expensive and however long it takes to ship to your doorstep. Plus, both have lame hardware.
          The exception is if you are an active developer then you will probably be fine with the much cheaper Pinephone.
          I liked PureOs when I had it installed on a laptop several years ago and I’m not even a Gnome fan, I wonder if all those extensions I had installed still work though. I am not biased.

    2. I believe that’s a hardware issue, not software, so that certain Samsung phones will have USB-Alt mode. But yes, I wish Pixel would change it’s practices on that.

  2. Notification cooldown would be a nice feature on iPhone. I hope Apple copies this.

    I refuse to be part of some group chats because there’s no reasonable way to follow along without being harassed by 15 notifications per minute. Would be nice if I could specify 1 notification per minute, maybe just a summary that says “25 messages received” or something.

    1. Only “some group chats?” I find them all annoying. Especially when a couple of the participants go back and forth late at night. Really better suited for email unless urgent, and I haven’t had that many urgent group chats, if any. Some are discussing events weeks away.

      1. Maybe I am just old, but I view urgency as follows:

        Phone call : Urgent
        Text/chat: Medium
        Email: Low

        1. I totally agree with this. But then again I’m an older millennial and millennials aren’t the youngest gen anymore…

        2. I think younger people would reverse the first two, but I’m with you. I might not notice a text for hours. But the email rating is why I said the type of situation I mentioned should be by email.