Enhanced Security and Privacy for Select Google Pixel Devices with Android 15 Beta 1

Mahek Baid
Mahek Baid April 17, 2024
Updated 2024/04/16 at 10:26 AM

Google has recently released the Android 15 Beta 1, which includes exciting privacy and security updates for eligible Google Pixel smartphones. Let’s take a closer look at what’s new.

Compatibility and Availability

Android 15 Beta 1 is now available for download on several recent Google Pixel models, excluding the Pixel 5a which will remain on Android 14 for this year. If you own any of the following devices, you’re in luck:

  1. Pixel 8
  2. Pixel 8 Pro
  3. Pixel 7a
  4. Pixel 7
  5. Pixel 7 Pro
  6. Pixel 6a
  7. Pixel 6 Pro
  8. Pixel 6
  9. Pixel Fold
  10. Pixel Tablet

What’s New in Android 15 Beta 1?

Cellular Network Security

To address concerns about network security, Android 15 Beta 1 introduces a new section called “Cellular network security” under “Settings > Security & privacy > More security & privacy”. Here, you can choose to require encryption when connecting to cellular networks or receive notifications when connecting to insecure networks.

Enhanced Privacy Controls

A new toggle called “Send device name” has been added to the Privacy menu within Wi-Fi network details. When enabled, your phone’s name is shared with Wi-Fi networks. Disabling this feature ensures that your device remains more discreet.

Default Wallet App Selection

Users can now set their preferred wallet app (such as Samsung Wallet or Google Wallet) under the “Default apps” section. This simplifies the payment experience and allows for seamless transactions.

Pixel Weather Widgets

Pixel phone users upgrading to Android 15 Beta 1 gain access to new Pixel Weather widgets. These widgets can be added to your home screen, providing real-time weather updates and enhancing your overall user experience.

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While Android 15 Beta 1 gives us a glimpse of what’s to come, Google is expected to reveal more features during its annual developer conference, Google I/O, in May. Stay tuned for further announcements and explore the exciting changes that Android 15 will bring to your Pixel device later this year!

Keep in mind that this is a beta version, so expect some quirks and occasional issues. It is advisable to back up your data before installing the beta version.

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