Android 11 is continuing its march towards the stable release of the version. Google has released the Android Beta 2 version on 8th July 2020 for Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4 devices. However, the final release of Android 11 will probably around the end of the year 2020. Google claims that the recently released version Android 11 beta 2 is stable, which means there would not be any significant modifications in the final version of Android 11. If you have a Pixel device between 2 to 4, you can check this official page for receiving an OTA update. In this blog, we will discuss the Android Beta 2 version's incredible features and everything else you need to know about it.
Google has some amazing plans for the new OS, which is clearly reflected in the new Android 11 Beta 2 release. As Google's own release notes emphasize "people controls and privacy" in the Android 11 released version, the new release is all about making OS, people-centric and expressive. Google is asking developers to try and update their applications for Android 11 stable release, which further confirms its journey forward towards the stable version. As quoted by, Dave Burke, VP of engineering at Android,
"Android 11 beta 2 version focuses on its Platform Stability reach meaning, all-app facing surfaces and behaviors are now final in Android 11."
Developers are asked to plan their final compatibility testing considering this version as a benchmark.
So, when can you expect a public version release of Android 11, is it 8th September 2020? Well, Google is yet to confirm the official release date of Android 11; however, in the Smart Sumit video on YouTube, the expected date of release is 8th September. This leak of the date was later identified as an error by the Google team, but looking at the trends, we can definitely expect it by the end of the year.
This news really excites us, and we are sure, you too, would be excited to learn about the new Android 11 features. Hence, let's dig deep into the new and improved features of the Android 11 beta 2 update
Native Screen recording:
Well, Android now competes with the iPhone capability of recording internal audio while capturing the screen. Users waited for this feature quite a long time, but the Android 11 version promises to confirm the stable version's feature launch.
However, the Android 11 Beta 2 version supports audio recording. You can tap on the screen recording option and a window asking you to confirm the recording will pop up. You can select if you wish to record audio using the microphone or the device's audio directly.
Mute notification for a video recording:
We would have heard the notification sound in a video recording more frequently than anything else, isn't it? But, Android 11 will bring an end to this annoyance. You can now mute your notifications once you initiate video recording.
Auto revoke app permissions:
Sticking on to the promise of providing more privacy control, Android 11 will automatically revoke the application's permissions of the camera, location, and more. This would be applicable for the apps that haven't been used for a while, and you can turn on the settings manually.
Increase touch sensitivity:
We (android users) often have to make multiple taps to carry out a function over an Android device having a screen protector. But Android 11 plans to increase touch sensitivity, which means with just minimal taps and scrolls, you can carry out a function on the device.
It seems like Android is making it easy for the user to view the dismissed notification history. The notification log has undergone a visual revamp in Android 11 and has become more user-friendly.
There are some features that have been revamped/updated completely. Also, the new OS has some relevant updates for developers too. First, we will explore the features list for developers, and then, we will discuss the rest of the updated features.
Wireless debugging improvements:
Android 11 sets up a quick setting ADB over WiFi. Developers can easily initiate debugging without any need for a cable for Wireless debugging. They can swiftly scan the QR code or enter the six-digit PIn for the same. You can turn off the wireless debugging when it is not required and keep your device secure. Additionally, it remembers the connection history making the whole process faster and efficient.
App exit reasons update:
The new Crash Reasons reporting in the exit reasons API makes it possible for the developers to find the exact reason behind app exits. This, in a way, will help developers to improve the app's stability and performance.
Android 11 is all set to elate the user and developers' experience with new technologies, namely 5G, foldable displays, low-latency video decoding, call screening support, improved integration of image formats such as HEIF, and more.
Improved memory safety tool:
GWP-ASan tool assists developers in finding and fixing memory-related issues swiftly. This tool is set as default and runs in the platform binary and system applications.
ADB incremental installments:
It was a tedious job to install a large APK of around 2GB using ADB because it made the whole process slow. But now developers using Android 11 can load these APKs with speed almost 10x faster by using incremental APK installations. This feature is useful, particularly for the mobile game app developers and works only on Pixel 4 devices.
Improved support for curved/waterfall display:
We all love the experience of notch and cutout API provided by Google over our screens. And now, with Android 11, Google is all set to improve the experience further. It will now allow the developers to specify the screen's interactive area using an API and exclude the elements that disturb the curved screen.
5G state API:
The 5G state detection API will assist developers in finding out users having a 5G connection.
Data access auditing:
Developers can check the app's permission access at a granular level to ensure that no permission granted for user information access is being violated.
New Resume on Reboot feature:
Android 11 plans to improve the OTA installation process. Resume on reboot allows the apps to function after the OTA reboot and receive notifications straight away.
Hinge angle detection API:
This API allows developers to support UI changes in various configurations on foldable.
Synchronized IME transitions:
It is like a dream come true to sync your application's content with the on-screen keyboard and system bars. Yes, developers can now craft more intuitive and natural IME transitions using a new set of APIs.
Disable ADB authorization timeout:
Developers can now disable the automatic revocation for ADB authorizations after 7 days.
More restricted and undocumented APIs getting the boot:
Android 11 highly focuses on the security of the user's data, and hence, developers using non-public APIs for various functions will now have to check its compatibility with the Android 11 restriction.
There are a lot more small technical changes in the Android 11 update, which can be better understood once the stable version is out for the users.
Now, let's look at the updated feature list of Android 11.
New Power menu with smart home controls:
Ever imagined having smart access to your smart lights, cameras, and other gadgets using your power button? Well, the Android 11 interface allows you to have easy access to the GPay and other home controls by long-pressing the power/sleep button. You can also long-press the widgets and arrange them in an organized way.
New media playback widget:
The new media player debuting in Android 11 will open as a widget in the quick setting panel. It will be in color matching the background of the album. To add more to the excitement, you will see a rippling effect when you play/pause the media player's button. On top of that, a new feature to switch between headphones, speakers, or screencasting is also made available in Android 11.
Resizable picture-in-picture window:
Isn't it amazing that you can resize the picture-in-picture window floating on the window once you close the video streaming apps? Yes, the recent release of the Android beta 2 version enables this feature for the device users.
Screenshot markup interface changes:
In the current Android version, when you take a screenshot, it occupies the whole notification space. However, in the new update, you will have an iPhone like experience while taking a screenshot. A small thumbnail will appear at the bottom of the display window giving you more options to share or edit or dismiss the screenshot view.
A better overview menu and screen shortcuts:
The overview menu in Android 11 is completely changed to make it more intuitive than before. The app suggestion is replaced with the screenshot /share option, and the thumbnails of recent apps have been made bigger.
A "select" option has also been added to the bottom row of icons for easy selection from the recent app thumbnails. If you don't need it, you can easily swipe the card away and clear the memory. If you swipe it away by mistake, there is an undo option that will let you bring it back.
Message bubble and priority conversations:
As promised by Google, it will make use of Bubbles in Android 11. This bubble will appear in the top-left corner of the screen by default. Remember how Facebook messenger chat head functions? With Android 11 you will have something similar to it. To enable the bubble feature, you have to long-press the message notification and enable the "show in a bubble" option.
Any new message will appear in the same window as the bubble. Also, if you have a contact with whom you frequently chat, you can long-press the notification and set it as a priority option.
App pinning in the share menu:
The last version of Android, Android 10, did not allow users to pin their frequently used apps. However, it is back in the Android 11 version. You will now have an improved share sheet and four slots to pin four apps that you use most frequently.
Tweak in the Airplane mode:
Airplane mode used to turn off all the external connections that your device previously had. In this, the connection of Bluetooth headphones was also included, which kind of ruined the experience. However, in Android 11, the Bluetooth will not turn off even if you activate the Airplane mode.
Google wishes to give its users the ultimate control over their devices. In this Android 11 beta version, Google plans to give over all the controls and schedule settings for dark mode, Do not disturb mode, night light, and more. Say, for instance, you can set the schedule for dark mode on at sunset in the evening and switch it off at sunrise in the morning.
Upgraded voice access capabilities:
Google's Voice Access gives you control over the phone. This feature allows you to speak up a command and activate Google's voice access. With the new version, it will be possible for the user to launch an app, or even compose a message, tweet on a social media platform using the assigned controls.
For instance, if you want to delete an action, you can speak up the number assigned to "delete," and the action will be completed. No more need to press the "delete" option on the screen, order it, and do it.
Pixel 4 devices Face Unlock feature will now require eyes to be open:
Google takes another initiative to make devices more secure. Earlier, the Face Unlock feature allowed users to open their devices with open eyes, but now no more. Users will now have to keep their eyes open for unlocking the devices.
There are many other updates like
Rename of Volume menu;
Neural network API improvements;
Android 11 now has a trashcan;
Emergency alerts in Spanish;
Sideloading app feature will be a bit complicated and many others.
Android 11 will be full of surprises and promises to please each of its users. This update has already set a milestone, and let's see what the official release of Android 11 has stored in for users? If you wish to develop an Android application compatible with the new release, you can hire android developers. We are an experienced android app development company, known for helping startups and big firms to launch their products.
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