Android 11 is here. Google has released the first developer preview of Android 11 and it is now available to download and test for the developers. Google typically releases developer builds of new Android versions in March, but Android 11’s first developer preview has been released earlier than the regular release cycle. Talking about features, it brings enhancements for foldable phones and screen types, new camera capabilities, privacy-centric tools, convenient app behavior, 5G-related improvements, and a lot more. Aside from releasing the first Android 11 Developer Preview, Google has also revealed the rollout timeline for upcoming builds all the way to its stable release.
Google says that system images, as well as GSI files for the first Android 11 Developer Preview, are now available to download for the Pixel 4, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3, and the Pixel 2. Google makes it clear that the preview build is strictly for developers and is not suitable for regular users. However, beta testing will soon be opened to regular Android users on an invitational basis, and enrolments for the same will open soon.
Android 11 release schedule
Here’s the full release timeline for Android 11 builds revealed by Google
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
Android 11: What’s new
In the first version for developers, we found several improvements in the operating system, one of the most striking being the recent change in-app permissions. From now on, an option is added that will allow users to deliver the authorization “only once”, leaving aside the option “forever” that many caused more of a nuisance.
Another change is related to the location permit, which now allows being enabled only if the application is being used. From Google, they have emphasized that in the new version of Android 11 a mechanism has been implemented in which the apps “will not stop asking you for permission” if necessary.
Another section of the Operating System that receives some improvements in the notifications, which will now allow showing as bubbles all those related to the messaging app, which you must activate yourself through the device settings and has been called “conversations”
Through tests, it has been pointed out that the operation of this implementation is similar to the one we see for example in Facebook’s Messenger. Floating bubbles are increasingly taking applications and soon we will see more apps that join this trend of notifications.
Programming for dark mode
A useful option we will have available in Android 11 since from now on we can program the schedules natively so that the mode that obscures the operating system to work with a timer programming mode, chosen by the user himself.
This should be done from the settings section, screen and when you get to the dark mode section, you can enable the option for the mechanism to turn on at the hours you want or if you want its programming to last from dusk to dawn.
Native Screen Recorder
This version of the system has included the default screen recording that you can access from the device notification bar. Although we had already been able to see some of this in Android 10, now it will have an option to activate easily without the need for users to have to inquire into the phones to find this option.
Applications with own storage
This implementation is not generally liked by developers since Google continues to apply interventions in the storage of a device so that applications can quickly access the data folder.
How is a trial version, developers can continue to maintain access to the data on their own, but it is expected that for the final version this will change and therefore Android will have control of this option.
Airplane mode improvements
Although it may not be a very significant change, it can be quite useful for many. It turns out that now we will have the option that, when we activate the airplane mode, the Bluetooth option will not be deactivated, something that usually bothers on some occasions.
When you are traveling by plane and from the cabin, you are asked to deactivate all the connections of the mobile, if at that moment you are listening to music with Bluetooth headphones, this option will be more than useful.
Storage for identity documents
From now on we will have Android 11 with the option to save and have special security support for identity documents, such as with an identity card, passport, and other sensitive documents.
However, since Google, they have not given more details about this implementation, which will allow users to have a special security section for documents that are personal.
Screenshots with scroll
Although this option is not yet activated in the Android 11 Developer Preview, a new editor will be included in the next versions of the operating system to manage to take screenshots with scrolling along with the screen.
The list of improvements that the operating system has received is very long, so now we will make a summary of other additions that have been or will be integrated into Android 11, which we will be able to see running massively in the coming months.
Improved Do Not Disturb
Android 11 also brings improvements to Do Not Disturb — mostly in that it gives better support for managing DND exceptions which is something I am pretty psyched about. As you probably know, with Android 10, the DND menu already featured exceptions, but now there are better, more organized categories like People, Apps, and Alerts.
Pin Apps in the Share Menu
This is another feature that was available in the Android 10 betas as well, only to be removed later. With Android 11’s first developer preview, you can once again pin apps to the top in the share sheet. That means you can ensure that apps you use most will stay on top and not get replaced by random apps just because you used them once and now can’t get rid of them.
Next, we leave other implementations in the system:
- Improvements in support for biometric security systems.
- Integration of an improved system for the identification of calls, with the possibility of differentiating them if they are Spam or frequent numbers.
- Compatibility with WiFi Passpoint networks.
- Greater options in the management of WiFi networks.
- Notifications are muted when the camera application is in use.
- HDMI with low latency.
- Native blur mode in the camera application.
- Fixing applications for the share menu