Google Android 11 first developer preview out; Check it out now
Android 11: Google releases first Developer Preview of Android 11; brings with it, 5G-related improvements, convenient app behaviour, enhancements for foldable phones and screen types, new camera capabilities and privacy-centric features
Android 11 - Google has released the first developer preview of Android 11 and is now available for download and test for the developers. Android 11's first developer preview has been released earlier than the regular release cycle as the Alphabet Inc-owned company usually releases developer builds of new Android versions in March.
Among other things, the new Android 11 brings with it, 5G-related improvements, convenient app behaviour, enhancements for foldable phones and screen types, new camera capabilities and privacy-centric features.
System images and GSI files for the first Android 11 Developer Preview are now available for download for the Pixel 4, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3, and the Pixel 2. The company soon open beta testing for regular Android users on an invitational basis, the enrolments for which should start soon, the company has said.
Android 11 will enable a wider range of screen types such as waterfall and hole-punch. Developers will also be able to now optimise their apps to let them use the curved regions. The version also has a dedicated conversations section in the notifications shade where users can find their ongoing conversations across all apps.
The introduction of Bubbles API on notifications, which brings chat bubbles to the table so that users can easily keep conversations in view while multi-tasking. Android 11 enhances its ability to insert images via copy/paste to notification inline replies. Users can copy images from Chrome and paste it via Gboard into their quick replies starting with the first Android 11 Developer Preview.
Android 11 has also introduced features where apps can now use new APIs to mute ringtones and vibrations for alarms or notifications while using the phone's camera. Bokeh mode enhancements, a native image decoder, and the ability to decode and render image animations from HEIF files have been added.
Android 11 offers Wi-Fi API enhancements and more scope for 5G-related improvements. Developer-facing improvements have been introduced with Android 11 too.
Privacy and security features:
A new one-time permission feature that lets users grant temporary permissions to apps for accessing their location, mic, or camera has been introduced. The biometrics compatibility has also been enhanced which adds platform support for securely storing and retrieving verifiable IDs like driving license and more such documents.
Google makes it clear that the preview build is strictly for developers and is not suitable for regular users.
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Google has also released full timeline for Android 11 builds
Android 11 Developer Preview 1: February
Android 11 Developer Preview 2: March
Android 11 Developer Preview 3: April
Android 11 Beta 1: May
Android 11 Beta 2: June
Android 11 Beta 3: Q3 2020
Android 11 final build: Q3 2020
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