After a collection of developer previews, Google at the moment launched the primary beta of Android 11 and with that, additionally it is making these pre-release variations obtainable for over-the-air updates. This time round, the checklist of supported units solely consists of the Pixel 2, three, 3a and four.
When you’re courageous sufficient to do that early model (and I wouldn’t achieve this in your day by day driver till a couple of extra individuals have examined it), now you can enroll right here. Like at all times, Google can also be making OS photographs obtainable for obtain and an up to date emulator is obtainable, too.
Google says the beta focuses on three key themes: individuals, controls and privateness.
Like in earlier updates, Google as soon as once more labored on bettering notifications — on this case, dialog notifications, which now seem in a devoted part on the high of the pull-down shade. From there, it is possible for you to to take actions proper from contained in the notification or ask the OS to remind you of this dialog at a later time. Additionally new is built-in assist within the notification system for what are basically chat bubbles, which messaging apps can now use to inform you at the same time as you might be working (or taking part in) in one other app.
One other new function is consolidated keyboard recommendations. With these, Autofill apps and Enter Technique Editors (suppose password managers and third-party keyboards), can now securely provide context-specific entries within the suggestion strip. Till now, enabling autofill for a password supervisor, for instance, usually concerned delving into a number of settings and the entire skilled usually felt like a little bit of a hack.
For these customers who depend on voice to manage their telephones, Android now makes use of a brand new on-device system that goals to know what’s on the display screen after which mechanically generates labels and entry factors for voice instructions.
As for controls, Google is now letting you long-press the facility button to deliver up controls to your sensible house units (although firms that need to seem on this new menu must make use of Google’s new API for this). In one of many subsequent beta releases, Google may also allow media controls that may make it simpler to modify the output system for his or her audio and video content material.
When it comes to privateness, Google is including one-time permissions in order that an app solely will get entry to your microphone, digicam or location as soon as, in addition to auto-resets for permissions while you haven’t used an app for some time.
Just a few months in the past, Google stated that builders would wish to get a consumer’s approval to entry background location. That triggered a little bit of a stir amongst builders and now Google will hold its present insurance policies in place till 2021 to provide builders extra time to replace their apps.
Along with these user-facing options, Google can also be launching a collection of updates geared toward Android builders. You may learn extra about them right here.