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Features of Android 11 Developer preview

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Android 11 preview

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The third developer preview for Android 11 was released yesterday. you’ll download Android 11 Developer Preview 3 immediately on most Google Pixel smartphones, compatible Project Treble-supported devices, or in Android Studio. This release is meant for developers, so you shouldn’t install the discharge unless you propose on developing an Android app using the newest APIs. However, if you’re just interested by what’s new within the release, we’ve been digging through the newest developer preview and compiling all the new features and changes below.

New User-Facing Features
Recents app screen gets larger previews and shortcut buttons

Android 11 preview
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Android 11 preview
image by Xda Developer old


The app previews in Recents apps are slightly bigger than before, and there are now shortcuts for “Screenshot” and “Share” at the bottom. The “Screenshot” button takes a screenshot of the app that’s you’re hovering over within the recent apps overview, while the “Share” button takes a Screenshot then immediately opens up the share sheet. These buttons replace the row of app suggestions and search bar that normally appeared at rock bottom of the recent apps overview.

App permissions can be automatically revoked if the app hasn’t been used for months

One of the foremost exciting new privacy features may be a new toggle in app-specific permission pages called “Auto revoke permissions.” because the name implies, this feature is meant to automatically revoke an app’s permissions if the app hasn’t been used for a “few months.” Very handy, but there’s no way for us to check it since Android 11 Developer Preview 3 was released just yesterday.

The notification shade has been redesigned slightly and hidden persistent notifications are now less intrusive

Google likes to tweak the notification shade as we’ve seen in earlier Android 11 Developer Previews, and in Developer Preview 3, we are seeing even more changes. the road that indicates you’ll expand the fast Settings toggles is wider and there’s a gradient within the shade. additionally, to the “Clear All” button, there’s a “History” button that takes you to the new Notification History page in Android 11. Furthermore, in Developer Preview 3, you’ll wipe away any notification, even persistent ones that have got to be shown for applications with a Foreground Service. When dismissed, the persistent notification is listed underneath the remainder of the notifications in an “Apps active in background” section.

nogoing Features of Android 11 Developer preview

Undo gesture to bring back dismissed apps in Recents

A feature that has been in testing since the first Android Q betas is finally here. there’s a gesture for bringing back an application that you simply have just swiped away within the Recents app menu. After swiping the app away, you’ve got a brief period of your time during which you’ll swipe right down to bring it back to the list. You get around a second to try to do this, and you’ll swipe anywhere on the screen.

There’s a replacement, compact screenshot pop-up menu, but scrolling screenshots aren’t supported yet


After taking a screenshot in Android 10, the screenshot options are shown within the notifications panel. you’ll share, edit, or delete the screenshot. In Android 11 DP3, there’s a replacement compact pop-up menu that appears when taking a screenshot. you’ll dismiss the screenshot by tapping on the X button, share the screenshot, or tap the edit button to mark the screenshot in a picture editor. a 3rd option will allow you to take scrolling screenshots, but this is often still not fully implemented.

Individual left/right gesture sensitivity


Android 10 introduced full-screen gesture navigation with the pill bar at rock bottom . to exchange the rear button, Google added inward swipe gestures from both the left and right sides of the screen. just in case you discover it difficult or too easy to try to to the rear gesture, you’ll increase or decrease the sensitivity, which simply shifts the start line of the rear gesture. However, these sensitivity options applied to each side of the display.

In Android 11 DP3, you’ll independently adjust the sensitivity for each side of the screen. this may allow you to, say, decrease the sensitivity of the rear gesture from the left edge and increase the sensitivity of the rear gesture from the proper edge. this will be helpful if tons of your apps still have sidebars that are swiped open from the left. Even better is that, with the addition of this independent gesture sensitivity feature, it’s possible to completely disable either the left or right back gesture. for instance, if you would like to disable only the left edge back gesture, then simply run the subsequent ADB command:


adb shell settings put secure back_gesture_inset_scale_left 0

Support for Ethernet tethering

The Hotspot & tethering menu features a new option for Ethernet tethering. this enables you to share your phone’s Internet connection by connecting a USB-to-ethernet adapter then connecting a tool to the adapter. this is often probably a distinct segment feature but it’s going to are available handy when you’re traveling and need to use a PC during a hotel on your own network.

New onboarding screen for Bubbles

bubbles onboard Features of Android 11 Developer preview

When you start a Bubble for the primary time in Android 11 DP3, there’s a replacement dialog that appears with some extra information about how they work. this is often an honest step toward making Bubbles a consumer-facing feature.

Caption preferences are redesigned


Google is reworking the quality of closed caption options. What was once one page within the settings has been branched out into multiple pages and given a facelift to be more in line with other parts of the UI.

Disable ADB authorization timeout toggle in Developer Options


A new toggle in Developer options has been added called “Disable ADB authorization timeout.” When enabled, this may disable the “automatic revocation” of ADB authorizations on PCs that haven’t reconnected within 7 days.

Volume menu renamed to Sound


One of the littlest changes in Android 11 DP3 is that the renaming of the quantity menu to “Sound.” That’s literally it. Cheers to AndroidPolice for pointing this out!

Still In-Development Features

In debug builds of the new Launcher3 APK, as found within the Android 11 DP3 system image in Android Studio’s emulator, you’ll enable a “select” button within the recent apps overview. Once this works, you’ll likely be ready to select text within the recent apps overview. you’ll already do that by long-pressing text in app preview cards on Pixel phones, but many of us won’t know this is often even possible. Adding a “select” button will make this more obvious to users. We’re hoping that Google may even enable this feature on non-Pixel devices.

Resizing picture-in-picture windows

In the last developer preview, Google added code for resizing PiP windows. Now, in Android 11 DP3, the feature is functioning, but it isn’t live for users just yet. Once the feature goes live, all you’ve got to try to to to resize PiP windows is tap right outside of the corners of the window then drag inward or outward to resize. It are often a touch tricky to grab the proper spot, but it works, as you’ll see within the video embedded above.

New animation for upcoming “Battery Share” feature


The Battery Share menu, which we previously spotted within the first Android 11 Developer Preview, features a new animation and slider. The animation shows a phone wirelessly charging the case for a pair of wireless earphones and another phone. No Pixel phones currently support reverse wireless charging, therefore the inclusion of this setting looks like a nod to a future device. albeit the phone rendered within the animation seems like the upcoming Pixel 4a, we don’t think the Pixel 4a will actually support wireless charging, and by extension, reverse wireless charging.

Upcoming “Schedules” Settings Page

According to strings and code we discovered within the Settings app, it’s like Google will introduce a replacement “Schedules” settings page to consolidate all schedulable settings under one roof. There won’t be any new features during this page, but it’ll make it easier to regulate all the opposite settings which will be scheduled. This includes things like Bedtime Mode (formerly Wind Down in Digital Wellbeing), Focus Mode in Digital Wellbeing, don’t Disturb mode, Battery Saver, Alarms, Rules, Dark Mode, and Night Light.

Window blurs

A hidden setting in Developer Options will enable window blurs at the compositor level. It’s unclear what devices this may be implemented on.


Android 11 window blurs

Further development on the “Quick Controls” feature

The last developer preview revealed Google’s work on “Quick Controls” for the facility Menu. This new menu seems to be a hub for smart home automation shortcuts. While not tons has changed on the surface in Android 11 DP3, we’ve found evidence that there has been tons of progress under-the-hood on the Controls API.

New “Contact discovery” feature


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There is a replacement, hidden toggle in Settings called “Contact discovery.” the outline for this feature states that it’ll periodically send all of the phone numbers in your contacts to your carrier so as to get which calling features are supported. This likely refers to User Capability Exchange, or UCE, which is a component of RCS.

New system permissions to bypass sound recording restrictions and monitor camera openings

Google has added two system-level permissions to the framework of Android 11 Developer Preview 3: EXEMPT_FROM_AUDIO_RECORD_RESTRICTIONS and CAMERA_OPEN_CLOSE_LISTENER. the previous requires privileged or signature permission level while the latter is strictly signature only. the outline for the previous states that it’s intended for system apps to bypass limitations of existing sound recording APIs, which we expect are going to be helpful in implementing Live Captions for phone calls. The latter will allow system apps to watch when the camera session starts or ends, which can be wont to implement new privacy features in future releases.

That’s all we thought was worth highlighting during this release. Follow our Android 11 news tag to remain up-to-date on everything we’ve covered thus far on subsequent Android OS release.


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