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Android 11 developer preview released: 5 things to know

Google has released the first developer preview of Android 11. The platform’s final release is scheduled to release in Q3 of 2020. Developers will be able to flash the Android 11’s system image to Pixel 2, 2 XL, Pixel 3,3 XL, Pixel 3a, 3a XL, or Pixel 4, 4 XL. This initial preview is only for the developers and is not intended for customers.

Following is the scheduled releases for Android 11, from the first developer preview to the final release:

  • February 2020: Developer Preview one where the developers can report any critical issues.
  • March 2020: Developer Preview two which will begin the early developer testing. Also, in this stage, there will be early testing of the apps.
  • April 2020: Developer Previre three where the apps will be readied for Beta testing.
  • May 2020: Beta one, which is the early testing for targeting Android 11.
  • June 2020: Final compatibility testing of apps, SDK’s and libraries will take place.
  • Q3: Beta three will release compatibility updates of the apps will be issued.
  • Q3: Final release of the platform.

Innovations in Android 11

Android 11 will bring several changes to the table, and we’ve listed a few of them below.

5G upgrades

Android 11 will upgrade the existing connectivity API’s:

  • Dynamic meteredness API: To check if the connection is unmetered and if it is so, offer high resolution and quality that might take up more data. This API has been extended to include cellular networks as well.
  • Bandwidth estimator API: To quickly check the upstream or downstream bandwidth of the 5G network without needing to poll the network or working out an estimate for yourself.

New Screen types

Since the screens are continuously developing, Google has released API’s to configure the apps for these screens, especially for Pinholes and waterfall screens.

People and conversations

Now, users can directly access their online conversations on the notification shade and can upload the images on the notification shelf, thereby enhancing the communication experience.

Security and Privacy

One significant privacy improvement that the users will see in Android 11 is the one-time permission whereby the app will have the permission while the user is using the app. After the app is closed, all the permissions are withdrawn.

Android 11 will have broader Biometrics support with three levels of granularity — strong, weak and device credentials. Alongwith that, there have been several improvements to fix memory crash issues.

Miscellaneous 

Further, there have been improvements in the camera such as muting of background apps such as notifications, alarm and ringtones while clicking pictures. Apps can also use the metatags to activate bokeh mode. Users can also mark the call as spam or add the call to the contacts on the system-provided post-call screen.

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