Google News: Google Releases Android 11 Developer Preview 1 | TechHarry
Google today launched the first Android 11 developer preview, available for download now at developer.android.com. The preview includes a preview SDK for developers with system images for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL, as well as the official Android Emulator.
While it’s the fifth year running that Google has released the first developer preview of the next Android version in Q1, this is the earliest developer preview yet. Android N (later named Android Nougat), Android O (Android Oreo), Android P (Android Pie), and Android Q (Android 10) were all first shown off in the month of March. Last year, Google used the Android Beta Program, which lets you get early Android builds via over-the-air updates on select devices. This year, however, Google is not making the first preview available as a beta (you’ll need to manually flash your device). In other words, Android 11 is not ready for early adopters to try, just developers. Android 10 was released in stable form just around half a year ago, and Google has now already released the first developer preview for the next iteration of Android — Android 11 or Android R for testing.
For the record, it’s called Android 11, though you’ll likely find references to “Android R” here and there. As for a dessert reference, you’re on your own. Whatever it is, Google’s new policy to keep that codename internal to its engineers.
The release includes system-level updates for lots of new technologies. It has a better awareness of 5G bandwidth and metering, more enhancements for foldable screens, support for SHAKEN/STIR call screen authentication, better low-latency video decoding for streaming game services like Stadia, better HEIF support, a new version of Google’s neural networks API, and more.
Android 11 will also support what Google calls a “dedicated conversation section in the notification shade.” Presumably, that means — like with iMessage — you’ll be able to see more than just the last message in a chat thread when you are replying directly from the notification. Those in-notification replies will also support replying with images. If those are enough options for you, Google is including the nearly infamous chat bubble feature for messaging apps again, so it may finally be a thing that actually gets used this year.
Devices Supported by Android 11 Developer Preview 1
Devices currently supported by the Android 11 Developer Preview 1 include just the Mountain View giant’s own Pixel-lineup from the Pixel 2 all the way to the Pixel 4 and 4XL. Sadly, the original Pixels aren’t supported by the developer preview.
Pixel 2 XL
Pixel 3 XL
Pixel 3a XL
Pixel 4 XL
We are installing the developer preview on our Pixel 4, and we’ll definitely be taking a deep dive into all the new changes in the offing here, but reports from other sources say that the new developer preview includes a native screen recorder (again), changes to the Do Not Disturb settings, and better app permissions among other things.
Meanwhile, you should take a look at our video on what we want from Android 11 (embedded below) and let us know what you think of Google’s Android 11 DP1 release if you’ve tried it, and what features you’re hoping to get this year.
There will also be a new location permission option. Now, users will be able to grant one-time location access to an app instead of granting it while the app is open. It will mean those location apps have to keep asking if they want your location, but it will also mean you won’t have to do an audit of what apps have your location as often.