If we compare Google’s Android to Apple’s iOS, we see a lot of different features and enhancements in Android. Google releases these changes in new version of Android every year. And to experience the new versions early, many techies install Developer Preview on their support Google devices. This Developer Preview is solely intended for app developers, to start optimising their apps for this new operating system. So now it’s time to experience another Developer Preview for this year’s latest version.
Google has unexpectedly released Developer Preview 1 of Android 11. Usually they release this DP1 in march, but this year it’s almost a month earlier. This will be an upgrade to the 2019 launch of Android 10. And as it’s predecessor, this one is also expected to not have any dessert name. Speaking about what’s new inside, this DP1 is mainly for developers. So any new feature shown here is expected to change in time. Right now this DP1 brings various new APIs for more functionality.
For example, the 5G API let’s the developers to fully utilise the 5G connectivity into their apps on Android 11. Then there’s API support for punch hole and waterfall displays. For more convenience there will be separate conversation option in notification to have better chats in notification panel only. Also sending images on WhatsApp through notification will also be supported here. As always we will see various security features like One-Time permission, through which users can give specific permission to any app just for a single use. Then there are many other APIs for security, camera features, and machine learning.
Compatibility & Availability:
The devices on which this DP1 will get released are Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel4, and Pixel 4 XL. The Android 11 Developer Preview 1 is available to download for supported device right now. But do note that this version is right now best for developers, and not for users. That’s because this will be full of bugs and will be very unstable. And as this process requires rooting and unlocking bootloader, I advise not to install it unless you have a spare smartphone. If you are still willing to try out Android 11, click here.
So that’s all the information we have as of now. It’s totally unexpected that Google is releasing this Android 11 early, so expecting public beta to be available earlier than before. If you are willing to install, let us know your experience in the comment section below. Also stay tuned with us for more information.