Google released beta Android 11 ahead of schedule. What's new

Google is one of the companies most affected by the coronavirus. After all, it was because of him that the search giant had to cancel the Google I / O conference, which traditionally takes place in May, postpone the launch of Google Pixel 4a and shift the release dates Android 11, since the developers simply did not have time to finish the update. However, when everything seemed to be settled and Google set a date for the start of the beta testing program Android 11, riots broke out in the United States, and the company again postponed the update – this time indefinitely. Therefore, it is very strange that the launch took place almost two days earlier than originally planned.

Google released beta Android 11 ahead of schedule.  What's new

Google refused to release beta Android 11 on June 3rd. Therefore, I released it on the 2nd

Last night Google released the first beta version Android 11. It is important to understand that we are talking about the beta version, and not the preliminary build for developers, which was called the Developer Preview and, first of all, was not so stable , and, secondly, it did not contain all the planned innovations. So far, only owners of Google Pixel smartphones can install a test build. This is due to the fact that third-party manufacturers, who will be allowed to participate in the program, have not yet managed to adapt the update for their devices and it is not yet known when they will do it.

What devices support beta Android 11

Android 11 can be installed by owners of the following Google Pixel models:

  • Pixel 2/2 XL
  • Pixel 3/3 XL
  • Pixel 3a / 3a XL
  • Pixel 4/4 XL

How to install beta Android 11

If you are the owner of one of the compatible models, in order to participate in the beta testing program Android 11, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • Go to the official Google beta site;
  • Log in with your Google account (while registration is not available in all countries);
  • In the window that opens, find a device that can register in the program;

Google released beta Android 11 ahead of schedule.  What's new

After registering for the beta program, simply search for updates

  • Confirm your intention to register for the beta testing program;
  • Run 'Settings' on your smartphone and go to the section with software update;
  • Search for updates and install the latest beta build.

New Features Android 11

Google released beta Android 11 ahead of schedule.  What's new

In Android 11, the power button menu appeared with the possibility of wide adjustment

As expected, the first beta Android 11 introduced quick access to Google Pay with the ability to hot swap bank cards. However, if desired, users will be able to customize the action that will be performed by double-clicking on the smartphone's power button. Google has developed an entire menu where you can choose either the Google Pay interface or the emergency menu, from where you can share your medical record, turn off biometrics and call emergency services if the situation really urgent.

Google released beta Android 11 ahead of schedule.  What's new

App suggestions are a very handy feature

For the convenience of users, a section with frequently used applications has appeared in the interface Android 11. Neural networks will automatically analyze your preferences and make a list of the most popular programs, marking them on the desktop. Judging by the description of the innovation, the system will conduct a continuous analysis of user behavior, offering him the most relevant software depending on the usage scenarios. For example, if you send pictures to the messenger immediately after taking a photo, then Android 11 will offer to launch the messenger.

Google released beta Android 11 ahead of schedule.  What's new

Playback on Android can be controlled in the background

Controlling playback in Android 11 will be easier and faster than before, thanks to a separate widget that can be added to the notification shade. The widget – of course, after enabling it – will appear regardless of the content being played and the application in which it is played. This can be a YouTube video, a Spotify music track, or a Google Podcasts podcast. Thus, it will be convenient to control background playback without having to launch the application and perform the necessary manipulations in its interface.

What's new in Android 11

  • Scoped Storage mechanism, which will divide memory into many independent segments so that applications cannot claim each other's data;
  • Built-in swipeable screenshot function to capture the entire web page;
  • An advanced night theme that can automatically turn on and off based on information about daylight hours and the movement of the sun along the horizon;
  • Project Mainline modular architecture for distributing monthly security updates via Google Play;
  • Incoming notification history

It is not entirely clear at the moment whether the launch of the first beta version Android 11 is trial or random. The fact is that while the number of users who got access to the update is quite small, and in Russia, the registration page for the beta testing program is completely inaccessible to draw final conclusions. But given that Google did not stop the distribution of the test build Android 11 and did not try to withdraw it, there is a chance that everything was as planned. True, why, in this case, it was necessary to publish an official statement of apology and notification of the postponement of the update launch for an indefinite period is not clear.

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