THE FIRST BETA OF ANDROID 11 READILY AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO INSTALL
The Android 11 is reportedly ready for your installation after a series of preview from the developer. This comes after the OS giant Google released the first beta of its Android 11, however, it is understood the company is making these pre-release versions accessible for over the air updates. But funny enough, the latest released OS is exclusively supported by Google’s own smartphones, which includes Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and not excluding Pixel 4.
That’s good news for those using supported Pixel devices, but as for testing-out this version, I trust you have to wait a while to figure out its outcome from those that have already downloaded the OS, but if you’re brave enough you can do so with few clicks.
According to Google, the beta practically focuses on three key themes, which are people, control, and privacy.
Meanwhile, in its previous updates, Google actually worked on improving notifications, but in this current version, its built-in support in the notifications system regarded as chat bubbles, that are also deployable by messaging apps to notify users even while they are working or in use of another app. More significant is the conversation notifications, which currently appear in a dedicated section at the top of the pull-down shade. While in use, one can easily take action right inside the notification or better still, instruct the OS to remind you of this conversation at a later time.
One other significant feature Android 11 also presents is the easy way of enabling autofill for password manager, which previously would often require gaining access into multiple settings and a bit difficult. But now, with the new feature of consolidated keyboard suggestions, the feature, Autofill apps and Input Method Editors (third-party keyboard and think password managers), will securely offer context-specific entries in the suggestion strip.
Some months ago, Google also made it clear that developers will require to obtain a user’s approval to access the background location. That actually resulted in a bit of stir among developers, and with that, the company will be keeping its current policies in place until next year in a bid to give developers more time to update their applications.
Also, for those users that rely on voice to control their devices, the SO (Android) now uses a new on-device system that aims to understand what is on the screen and, in turn, generate labels in addition to access points for voice commands.
In another dimension, Google is now letting users to long-press the power button in a bid to pull up controls for their smart home devices (although, a new Google API will be required of any company that wants to be seen in this new menu). Also, be rest assured, in one of the next beta releases, the search giant will also enable media controls that will make it easier for users to switch the output device for their audio and video content.
Another one is the issue of privacy, here Google is adding one-time permissions that will allow an app-only gets access to users microphone, location and camera once, and not excluding auto-resets for permissions in a situation when a user hasn’t used an app for some time. There are also a series of updates aimed at developers, and you find out more about that.
What is your take on Google’s latest, Android 11 beta release?