Google Enhances Android 15 with Satellite Messaging: Which Phones Will Support It?

Key Takeaways

  • Android 15's developer preview debuts satellite messaging and refines NFC payments and PDF functionality.
  • Improvements include better app response to satellite connectivity and advancements in multi-language audio recognition.
  • The preview is initially available on Google Pixel devices, with broader access and emulator support planned.

Google’s latest Android 15 developer preview introduces satellite messaging alongside enhancements in NFC payments, volume consistency, and PDF interactions.

This beta release addresses user concerns. It improves app awareness regarding service availability during satellite connectivity and introduces satellite messaging via preloaded RCS applications.

Additionally, the update enhances screen recording detection, NFC-based contactless payments, and multi-language audio recognition.

Developers gain expanded access to flip phone cover screens, and Android users benefit from improved volume control consistency.

Moreover, significant improvements to PDF features include support for password-protected files, annotations, form editing, and enhanced search and selection capabilities.

Which Phones Will Support Android 15 Preview

Google has rolled out the Android 15 developer preview primarily for its Pixel lineup, including smartphones and tablets:

  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6 Pro
  • Pixel 7
  • Pixel 7 Pro
  • Pixel 8
  • Pixel 8 Pro
  • Pixel Fold
  • Pixel Tablet.

As the year unfolds, Android 15 will gradually expand its availability to encompass a broader range of phones and tablets.

Alternatively, developers can leverage the 64-bit system images available with the Android Emulator in Android Studio.