Google releases Android 15 beta 2.1 update to fix private space issues on Google Pixel phones- All details | Tech News

Google releases Android 15 beta 2.1 update to fix private space issues on Google Pixel phones- All details

Google has released Android 15 Beta 2.1 for Google Pixel phones, fixing an issue with the private space feature that removed app icons from the home screen.

| Updated on: May 21 2024, 12:08 IST
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Google releases Android 15 beta 2.1 update to fix private space issues on Google Pixel phones
1/6 1. Introduction to Google Quick Share: Google has introduced Quick Share, a wireless file-sharing feature for Android devices, in collaboration with Samsung. This move aims to provide Android users with a seamless and efficient way to transfer files, similar to Apple's AirDrop.  (unsplash)
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2/6 2. Partnership with Samsung: The Quick Share feature is a result of collaboration between Google and Samsung. Initially available on Samsung's Galaxy S24 series, it will later extend to Pixel devices and other Android smartphones.  (unsplash)
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5/6 5. Proximity Requirement: Effective file sharing through Quick Share requires the two devices to be nearby. This ensures the efficiency and reliability of the wireless transfer process.  (unsplash)
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6/6 6. Rollout and Future Availability: Google has begun rolling out the Quick Share feature for Pixel phones, with Android users expected to receive it through an operating system update. Notably, Google has also announced plans to make Quick Share available for Windows PCs, expanding its compatibility beyond Android devices.   (unsplash)
Google releases Android 15 beta 2.1 update to fix private space issues on Google Pixel phones
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Google releases Android 15 Beta 2.1 to fix private space issues on Google Pixel devices. (Google)

Following a series of AI announcements at I/O 2024 and nearly a month after Beta 1.2, Google released Android 15 Beta 2 last week. Five days later, the company rolled out Android 15 Beta 2.1.

Fixes for Private Space Feature

The primary purpose of this update is to fix an issue with the new private space feature where icons for apps added to the private space were removed from the home screen. The update, described as minor in the release notes, is now available for all eligible Google Pixel devices and retains the May 2024 security patch date of Beta 2. The build number for this update is AP31.240426.023, and it includes Play Services version 24.15.18.

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This small update addresses the problem where creating a private space on a device for the first time removed app icons from the home screen. The OTA update, which is 11-12 MB in size on a Google Pixel 8 and Tablet, is currently being rolled out.

Usage Tips and Update Size Discrepancies

Google provided some tips for using the private space feature, including instructions on how to retrieve it if hidden, how to reset it if the unlock factor is forgotten, and how to install a private space version of an app by long pressing the app icon and tapping 'Install in private.'

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There was a notable discrepancy in update sizes, with one device initially showing a 2.57GB update before downloading, but a subsequent check revealed a 12.12MB update. This suggests that Google may have initially sent out a full OTA to all users, which was later corrected.

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Availability for Google Pixel Devices Only

Android 15 Beta 2.1 is exclusive to Google Pixel phones. This update does not apply to new devices announced as part of the expanded Android 15 beta program, including models from Honor, Iqoo, Lenovo, Nothing, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi, which will receive their own beta releases. The current update is only for Google Pixel devices enrolled in the beta program.

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First Published Date: 21 May, 12:08 IST