Android 14 will measure the distance between two devices via Bluetooth

There are indeed some limitations when using Bluetooth in any way, whether it’s a wireless mouse or headphones for listening to music on a cell phone. Google is developing a new Bluetooth distance measurement API that will let users know how far away Bluetooth devices are from their mobile phones. Esper’s Mishaal Rahman discovered a new Bluetooth distance measurement API and Google (Android) has added its code to AOSP.

Although the distance measurement accuracy is not exact, the new Bluetooth distance measurement API will show an approximate location. In other words, if the distance between the user’s mobile phone and the Bluetooth accessory is more or less than 1 meter. Note that the new API will use Bluetooth RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indicator) to measure the distance between the phone and the connected device.

However, this is different from how Apple’s AirTag tracker works. The AirTag tracker will direct the user to the correct direction of the missing Bluetooth accessory. It will also inform you that it is approaching. As for Google’s Bluetooth distance measurement feature, Android users will have to wait for Android 14 to see this feature.

Google Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1 released: Fixing Bluetooth and 5G issues on Pixel phones

Similar to last time, Google today rolled out Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1 update for Pixel phones as a bug fix.

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Google identified and fixed the following issues in the initial Beta 2 “Minor Update”:

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented devices from automatically connecting to a 5G network even if it was available.
  • Fixed an issue where a device would not terminate or reset an existing encrypted Bluetooth connection after receiving a command to disable link layer encryption for this connection.

The Android Beta Contact app is available on Google Pixel phones to detail issues. Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1 stock image is available for Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro as well as Android emulator. Google says that if you’re signed up for Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1 and your device is running Beta 2, you’ll automatically receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to Beta 2.1. If your device is still on Beta 1, it will automatically receive the Beta 2.1 patch after updating to Beta 2. Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2.1 (T2B2.221216.008) includes the same January 2023 security patch.

Google Android 13 had a device share of 5.2% five months after its launch

According to Google’s latest official Android distribution data, 5.2% of all devices are running Android 13 5 months after release. Android kept a monthly cadence to notify developers of the number of potential devices running a particular version of the operating system. In recent years, this has become an irregular occurrence in Android Studio. The most recent update happened in August last year, a few days before the release of Android 13.

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The report now marks the first update of the 2023 distribution map, giving us a first look at how soon Android 13 will ship to devices. According to Android Studio, devices running Android 13 currently account for 5.2% of all devices. Meanwhile, Android 12 and 12L currently account for 18.9% of the total. This is a significant increase from 13.5% in August.

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It’s worth noting that while Google’s chart details Android 13, it doesn’t differentiate between Android 12 and 12L. As for older versions, the use of Android Oreo finally fell below 10%, with a similar percentage in the future. Android Jelly Bean, which previously weighed in at 0.3%, is no longer listed. In addition, Android KitKat is from 0.9% to 0.7%.

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There’s no doubt that Android 13’s speed of adoption is partly due to the rapid rollout of updates from phone manufacturers like Google, Samsung, OnePlus, Sony and others. This data is generally based on Android devices that access the Google Play Store within a week. Although the data is now available in Android Studio, we assume these numbers are based on the same measurements.

The Supreme Court of India rejected Google’s appeal

India’s Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Google’s request to overturn an antitrust ruling that required it to change the way it operates its Android platform. Indian startups hailed the outcome, saying the final decision would open up markets and strengthen competition for Google’s rivals.

In October, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered Google to make a number of changes to the operation of the Android platform, including avoiding agreements that guaranteed the exclusivity of Google’s search service and mandatory pre-installation of Google applications. The TCC has also asked Google to allow third-party app stores to access the Play Store app.

Earlier this month, Google appealed to an Indian appeals court, arguing that the ICC ruling essentially copied previous European Commission sanctions and should therefore be overturned. Google also said the order would hurt consumers and hinder the development of India’s Android ecosystem. But Google’s claim was quickly dismissed by the Indian Court of Appeal.

Later, Google appealed again to the Supreme Court of India. India’s Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Google’s request to block an antitrust ruling. Google now has seven days to comply with the order.

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Indian startups welcome Supreme Court decision

Indian mapping service MapmyIndia launched its app in 2004. Rohan Verma, the company’s chief executive, said the app it developed has not been able to gain market share over the years because many Android phones come with Google Maps pre-installed.

The ICC order prevents Google from forcing its apps to come pre-installed on Android phones in the Indian market.

“We’re excited,” Verma said. “We’ve had a lot of negative impact over the years, and we hope that consumers and device manufacturers will make more use of our app. »

About 97% of the 600 million mobile phones in India run the Android operating system, according to market research firm Counterpoint Research. Apple’s iPhone occupies only 3% of the market. Google licenses and contracts the Android operating system to mobile phone manufacturers. Critics say the deals distort competition, but Google says it helps keep Android free and open source by giving each company more choice.

IndusOS also runs an app store that competes with Google in India. Calling the decision a “crucial moment”,

Naval Chopra, a lawyer at Indian law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, who has challenged Google’s practices in court in the past, said Thursday the court decision was significant. The CCI order, he said, “is likely to create a new Indian competitor in video hosting, maps, web browsers and even search”.

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