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The first Android 11 developer preview has already landed

The first Android 11 developer preview has already landed

Google's new mobile operating system is taking shape. After the Developer Preview website was already online for a short time last week, 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.

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Android 11 beta: developer preview is live!

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.

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The Android 11 Developer Preview with new features. / © GoogleWatchBlog

When will Android 11 be released?

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.

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Scoped Storage, extended screenshots and Bluetooth active in airplane mode? / © AndroidPIT

New, leaked Android 11 features

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.

Scoped Storage

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.

Extended screenshots

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.

What we would like to see in Android 11

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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  • Sorin 1 month ago Link to comment

    I would like Android 11 to come with native support for cameras over 100 Mpixel, 8K movies, expanded support for 5G connectivity, including support for encrypted communications, as well as expanded memory capabilities, to effectively manage more than 32 GB of RAM and over 1 TB of storage, and in particular to offer the possibility to implement SSD storage inside the phone.
    Basically the phone becomes a replacement for desktop computers.
    So for those who need computing power and mobility.


  • Can't wait to get my hands on an android 11 phone next year XD

    Currently have R5 Pro and getting Android 10 in Feb =/


  • marco sarli
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    3 months ago Link to comment

    I am still waiting for 10


  • storm 3 months ago Link to comment

    Require easy bootloader unlock and root access without rom. Let me actually own my phone. Sure the average user shouldn't do that. But bring back enthusiast support rather than more lockdown without other choices.

    Get Qualcomm and other vendors to open source the drivers so we can maintain the phones full function without planned obsolescence and scary bit blobs doing unknown things at China's or Others bidding.

    Openness is secure and safe.

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