After a sequence of developer previews, Google at the moment launched the primary beta of Android 11 and with that, it is usually making these pre-release variations out there for over-the-air updates. This time round, the record of supported units solely contains the Pixel 2, 3, 3a and 4.
If you’re courageous sufficient to do that early model (and I wouldn’t accomplish that in your each day driver till a number of extra individuals have examined it), now you can enroll right here. Like all the time, Google can be making OS photos out there 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. Also new is built-in help within the notification system for what are basically chat bubbles, which messaging apps can now use to inform you whilst you might be working (or taking part in) in one other app.
Another new function is consolidated keyboard solutions. With these, Autofill apps and Input Method Editors (suppose password managers and third-party keyboards), can now securely supply context-specific entries within the suggestion strip. Until 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 grasp what’s on the display 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 carry up controls to your sensible residence units (although corporations that need to seem on this new menu have to make use of Google’s new API for this). In one of many subsequent beta releases, Google can even allow media controls that may make it simpler to modify the output gadget for his or her audio and video content material.
In phrases of 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 once you haven’t used an app for some time.
A number of months in the past, Google mentioned 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 preserve its present insurance policies in place till 2021 to provide builders extra time to replace their apps.
In addition to those user-facing options, Google can be launching a sequence of updates geared toward Android builders. You can learn extra about them right here.