Google’s new mobile operating system is taking shape. The Developer Preview website is online and the first Android 11 beta is now official. It is aimed at developers who can adapt their products to the new Android version early on. Now, Google has revealed more details about the launch schedule and an online Beta Launch Show!
XDA Developers Editor-in-Chief, Mishaal Rahman, has been playing around with the latest Android 11 Developer Beta and managed to manually enable a new feature related to the music control on your smartphone. On Android 11, there are new options for controlling music playback directly via the Quick Settings panel. You can access this by sliding down the notification bar at the top of your display. Currently, music controls are available via this menu but are separate from the control panel. The new version a lot like how music control woks on iOS now.
You can see this new feature and plenty more that has been discovered in the Twitter thread below.
Here’s a running thread of everything new that we’re finding in Android 11 Beta 1.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 1, 2020
Google has brought us a fourth Developer Preview and announced it was moving to Beta 1 on June 3, 2020. This show, however, has now been delayed. To show off the launch of the first proper beta, Google is hosting an online developer event that it is calling the #Android11: the Beta Launch Show. Naturally, the usual event at the Shoreline Amphitheatre for Google I/O is off the cards right now.
The online event will be hosted by Dave Burke, who announced the news via a post on the Android Developers Blog. The blog post also confirmed that there will be a post-show live Q&A session. You can tweet your #AskAndroid questions to get them answered live.
Google is tweaking the release schedule a little and moving Beta 1 and all subsequent milestones by about a month, which gives manufacturers a bit more time to account for the impacts on developers who are working and collaborating remotely right now. Google says the new schedule will still keep it on track for the final release of Android 11 later in Q3. Here are some of the key changes in the new schedule:
- Google released a fourth Developer Preview this week for testing and feedback.
- Beta 1 release moves to June 3. The final SDK and NDK APIs are included with this release and open up Google Play publishing for apps targeting Android 11.
- Beta 2 moves to July. Google will reach Platform Stability with this release.
- Beta 3 moves to August and will include release candidate builds for final testing.
The first Android 11 developer preview is available. Google has officially launched the developer page after we were able to take a look at the site last week. The beta is aimed exclusively at developers who can customize their apps by accessing Google’s new Android system. The first Android 11 beta is initially only available on Google smartphones, the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, 3a, and Pixel 4. Developers who do not own a Pixel smartphone can also work with an emulator.
To install Android 11 on a Pixel smartphone, the device must be flashed. Android 11 can currently only be installed manually, so the smartphone must be completely wiped before. If you want to take a look at Android 11 and have a device with developer access, you can download Android 11 here.
But even Android fans who are not registered as developers at Google probably don’t have to wait too long. Google writes on its beta preview page that the official Android beta will be opened “in the next few weeks”.
The unwanted publication of the page below had indicated that Google is already working diligently on the preview and that we may be able to look forward to an earlier release date. Now we know for sure.
Yes, it is still early to talk about the release date of Android 11 considering that Android 10 has been official for three months and available on a limited number of devices. While Google, brand manufacturers, and operators are working on the release of the update to Android 10, we can already begin to speculate about Android 11.
It will take some time until spring 2020, when we’ll finally get to grips with the first beta version of Android 11 and it will probably only during the Google I/O in May when some of the features of the new operating system will be shown. Google will release several more and more complete beta versions until the final firmware is officialized between August and September.
In addition to the Google Pixel smartphones (Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL) a list of selected devices will also be part of the beta testing program (probably from beta three onwards) to help improve the final version.
Android 11 will integrate new features not present to Android 10. As always, you will have to wait for the final version of the software to actually experience the new features integrated into Android 11. In recent months there will surely be rumors that will allow us to get an idea in advance of Google’s new Android update.
This feature should have been part of Android 10 but Google decided to take a little more time before making it available on Android and put it on stand-by. Scoped Storage aims to optimize the speed of memory reading and privacy. What does that mean? Creating a second folder dedicated to the files created by the app in use where the app can read and overwrite any file without the user having to grant permission. It is important to know that this space is not accessible to external apps but only to the app concerned. This is a feature that focuses on privacy and security but will also make the process of reading files faster.
Airplane and Bluetooth modes
According to the XDA developers’ team, in the source code of the operating system one of the new features of Android 11 could be Bluetooth related, which will not be automatically deactivated in airplane mode. This is not big news but those who are used to traveling by plane and use Bluetooth to listen to music will appreciate it.
Android 11 could natively allow you to capture extended screenshots without having to rely on third-party applications. The indiscretion, in this case, comes directly from a tweet by Dave Burke, one of the engineers of the Google team. This feature is actually available on some devices but Android 11 could make it native.
We’ve added scrollable screenshots to the hopper for Android R and hopefully can land it in that release. Make it so @dsandler 🙂
— Dave Burke (@davey_burke) May 17, 2019
Alternative to Android Beam
Android Beam allowed you to transfer files from one device to another using NFC. It has never been a particularly popular feature among users and considering the solutions implemented by the brands themselves, I don’t think many will miss it but it wouldn’t be bad if Google decided to offer a more efficient alternative on Android 11.
What features do you expect to find on Android 11 and what would you like Google to implement? Share your ideas in the comments section below this article.
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