Android 15 Beta 2 Update Removes Time from Google Photos Slideshow on Pixel Stand

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With Android 15 Beta 2, you may have noticed the disappearance of time from the Google Photos slideshow when your phone is charging on the Pixel Stand.

Changes begin when you place your phone on the Pixel Stand and activate the Google Photos app. At the bottom of the slideshow, the time and charging status (percentage + time until full charge) no longer appear.

All you get is the album name in the bottom right corner. Additionally, the Google Assistant icon is no longer present on the always-on screen for one-tap access, although the Hey Google keyword remains.

Android 15 Beta 2
Android 15 Beta 2

If you navigate to Settings > Display > Screensaver, the Preferences app will crash. Similarly, on a Pixel Tablet device, you can no longer access Settings > Ambient mode > Screensaver to make any changes. However, your previous option remains available.

Internally, Android 15 Beta 2 adds the “Dreams” app/service to phones. Google first introduced this app for the Pixel Tablet device to run the installed screensaver experience.

This new version of the Dreams app on Pixel phones is named “Dreamliner,” a nod to the Pixel Stand. Google may be working on integrating how the two similar experiments work.

As part of this change, the user interface for selecting Google Photos albums has been updated, and it no longer goes through the assistant.

Android 15 Beta 2
Android 15 Beta 2

We hope that future updates will restore the old Google Photos experience because knowing the time is an essential part of Pixel Stand for some users.

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