Android 11 Beta program launched!!! here is everything you need to know about
Android 11 comes with multiple features that would get you excited about it. Google had launched a developer preview of Android 11 for only Pixel Smartphones and now releases the official beta program for Android 11. The company will roll out the Android 11 update for Samsung and Oppo devices in Q1 of 2021. Android 11 beta program is available on Google Pixel 4 / 4 XL, Pixel 3a / 3a XL, Pixel 3 / 3 XL, and Pixel 2 / 2 XL devices right now and soon will be launched on other smartphones.
The Google Android 11 Beta launch originally scheduled to be held virtually at 11 am Eastern Time on June 3, Wednesday. But the company decided to call off the event as the protest going on in the US to get justice for George Floyd. The event was called ‘Android 11: The Beta Launch Show’ and Google was to introduce the new features and tools in the Android 11 operating system which we have already listed here.
Editor’s note: The global community of Android developers has always been a powerful force in shaping the direction of the Android platform; each and every voice matters to us. We have cancelled the virtual launch event to allow people to focus on important discussions around racial justice in the United States.
the Stephanie Cuthbertson, Director, Product Management stated in Google’s developers blog on June 10
Yesterday Google surprisingly released the beta program publically without any rescheduled notice or an official statement. Well, the Android 11 beta program is not available for smartphones other than Google pixel, but the company will release the beta program for other Google-powered Android 10 smartphones soon.
Instead, we are releasing the Android 11 Beta today in a much different form, via short-form videos and web pages that you can consume at your own pace when the time is right for you. Millions of developers around the world build their business with Android, and we’re releasing the Beta today to continue to support these developers with the latest tools. We humbly thank those who are able to offer their feedback on this release.
the Director added.
The first Beta of Android 11 focused on three key themes: People, Controls, and Privacy.
People: we’re making Android more people-centric and expressive, reimagining the way we have conversations on our phones, and building an OS that can recognize and prioritize the most important people in your life:
- Conversation notifications appear in a dedicated section at the top of the shade, with a people-forward design and conversation specific actions, such as opening the conversation as a bubble, creating a conversation shortcut on the home screen, or setting a reminder.
- Bubbles help users to keep conversations in view and accessible while multitasking. Messaging and chat apps should use the Bubbles API on notifications to enable this in Android 11.
- Consolidated keyboard suggestions let Autofill apps and Input Method https://developer.android.com/preview/overview#timeline Editors (IMEs) securely offer context-specific entities and strings directly in an IME’s suggestion strip, where they are most convenient for users.
- Voice Access, for people who control their phone entirely by voice, now includes an on-device visual cortex that understands screen content and context and generates labels and access points for accessibility commands.
Controls: the latest release of Android can now help you can quickly get to all of your smart devices and control them in one space:
- Device Controls make it faster and easier than ever for users to access and control their connected devices. Now, by simply long pressing the power button, they’re able to bring up device controls instantly, and in one place. Apps can use a new API to appear in the controls. More here.
- Media Controls make it quick and convenient for users to switch the output device for their audio or video content, whether it be headphones, speakers, or even their TV. You can enable this today from Developer Options, and it will be on by default in an upcoming Beta release. More here.
Privacy: In Android 11, we’re giving users, even more, control over sensitive permissions and working to keep devices more secure through faster updates.
- One-time permission lets users give an app access to the device microphone, camera, or location, just that one time. The app can request permissions again the next time the app is used. More here.
- Permissions auto-reset: if users haven’t used an app for an extended period of time, Android 11 will “auto-reset” all of the runtime permissions associated with the app and notify the user. The app can request the permissions again the next time the app is used. More here.
- Background location: In February, we announced developers will need to get approval to access background location in their app to prevent misuse. We’re giving developers more time to make changes and won’t be enforcing the policy for existing apps until 2021. More here.
- Google Play System Updates, launched last year, lets us expedite updates of core OS components to devices in the Android ecosystem. In Android 11, we more than doubled the number of updatable modules, and those 12 new modules will help improve privacy, security, and consistency for users and developers.
How to install Android 11 beta on your Pixel Smartphone?
- Go to the Android 11 Beta program
- Tap on “View your eligible devices” or simply scroll down.
- Locate your device and click on Enroll.
- You should get a ping on the device that the update is ready to install.
- Tap on it and install the update.
Keep in mind that the Android 11 update will come with a few bugs and glitches as it is still in the development. To stay updated on Tech and cybersecurity news stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here