Android 11 Beta is out there today
As we shared with you last week, we postponed our beta release of Android 11 so that people could specialize in important discussions about racial justice. Today’s release looks differently than originally planned—instead of a Livestream event, we’re sharing a couple of videos and online resources to consume at your own pace when the time is true for you. We humbly thank those that are ready to offer feedback on this release at this point. Your feedback is important in building a helpful mobile platform for billions of individuals, developers, and makers around the world.
Read on to seek out out what’s new during this year’s release, Android 11.
Focusing on people to form communication easier
Caption: See and answer your ongoing conversations across your favorite apps in one place.
Caption: Bubbles assist you to multitask on your phone without missing important conversations.
Caption: Speed up your replies with automatic emoji and text prediction on Gboard.
Across Google, we’ve been brooding about the way to help people communicate more effectively with one another. Google Meet is now available to everyone and may support larger meetings, and family mode for Duo allows you to doodle on calls and add masks and effects, helping you express yourself in new and fun ways.
To make communication easier and simpler on your phone, Android 11 will move all of your conversations across multiple messaging apps to a fanatical space within the notification section. This makes it easy to ascertain, answer, and manage your conversations beat one place. you’ll mark a conversation as a priority to offer it preference so you never miss a crucial message. These key conversations show abreast of your always-on display and may even “breakthrough” a don’t Disturb setting.
Android 11 also introduces Bubbles, a replacement feature to assist you to respond and have interaction with important conversations without switching back and forth between your current task and therefore the messaging app. you’ll open a bubble for your conversation right from the notification and multitask without missing a thing.
Also, once you type using Gboard in Android 11, you’ll get relevant and automatic suggestions for emoji and text. this is often possible due to secure on-device intelligence that takes advantage of Federated Learning, and it works without Google ever seeing anything you type.
New ways to regulate your connected devices and media
Caption: Android 11 makes it faster and easier to access and control your connected devices
As the world around us becomes more connected with ambient computing, Android 11 helps you better manage all of your connected devices.
You can now quickly access and control your smart devices in one place by long pressing on the facility button. Adjusting the temperature, turning on the lights, or unlocking the front entrance can now be through with a faucet without opening multiple apps.
Your device controls will show up alongside other belongings you need at the ready, like your payment methods or your boarding card (when we’re flying again). We wish to consider it as a “pocket” for your digital wallet, keys, and more.
We’re also introducing new media controls in Android 11, making it quick and convenient to modify the device your audio or video content is playing on. it’s now easier to bring your music with you from your headphones, to speakers, or maybe to your TV.
Caption: New media controls in Android 11
More privacy improvements
Every Android release has new privacy and security controls that permit you to opt how and when data on your device is shared. Android 11 has even more granular controls for the foremost sensitive permissions. With one-time permissions, you’ll grant apps access to your microphone, camera, or location, just that just one occasion. subsequent time the app needs access to those sensors, it’ll need to ask you for permission again.
Also, if you haven’t used an app for an extended period of your time, we’ll “auto-reset” all of the permissions related to that app and notify you of an equivalent. you’ll always prefer to re-grant the app permissions subsequent time you open the app.
Caption: New privacy controls in Android 11: One-time permissions and auto-reset
Available in Beta today with more features
Android 11 brings more features to your smartphone, like screen recorder, updated Voice Access, improved performance, and an improved share menu that creates it easier to share content from your phone. you’ll find many of those features in Beta, available on Pixel 2+ phones today and other devices within the coming weeks.