Despite the fact that for the most part smartphones on Android are updated rather reluctantly, there is a certain category of devices that can be attributed to exceptions. For example, Google Pixel. They not only support all the system updates that Google releases, but also get them first. It would be strange if the search giant would do otherwise with its smartphones, which it even gave the right to participate in the beta testing program. However, devices from third-party manufacturers also have it.
Android 11 can already be installed on almost 20 devices
At the moment, there are about 20 smartphones with support Android 11. This means that their owners can now take part in the beta testing program, and then, when the update is released, install its final version. In addition to the actual 'pixel' smartphones, the list of compatible devices includes at least 7 more manufacturers. Moreover, interestingly, among them there are quite a few little-known models from second-tier brands, while top-end devices can be counted on one hand.
Supported Smartphones Android 11
Installing the beta Android 11 is pretty easy. Another thing is that it will be more difficult to roll back.
- Google Pixel 2/2 XL
- Google Pixel 3/3 XL
- Google Pixel 3a / 3a XL
- Google Pixel 4/4 XL
- iQOO 3 4G / iQOO 3 5G
- OnePlus 8 / OnePlus 8 Pro
- Oppo Find X2 / Find X2 Pro
- Realme X50 Pro / X50 Pro Player Edition
- Sharp Aquos Zero 2
- Vivo Nex 3S
- Xiaomi Mi 10 / Mi 10 Pro
- Pocophone F2 Pro
This is a complete list of smartphones that, as of July 13, are participants in the pre-testing program Android 11. That is, their manufacturers, having received the current beta build of the update, adapted it to their proprietary shells and made it available to everyone . If you are the owner of one of the devices from this list, you can download the test version of the update using the links given opposite their names. And detailed installation instructions are given at this link.
How to install Android 11
If you are too lazy to read the entire manual, I will give a short excerpt here:
- On all devices, regardless of brand and shell used, the upgrade process to the test version Android 11 is the same plus or minus;
- Go to the 'Settings' of your smartphone and save a backup in case something goes wrong;
Installing the beta Android 11 is very easy
- Download the image of the test version to a smartphone or computer, and then transfer it to the memory of the mobile device;
- Find the update installation file in the list of downloaded files, and then confirm the installation.
However, given that now Android 11 is only in the second stage of beta testing, I would hesitate to install a pre-build – the fee may be too high. The fact is that test versions of updates are not stable, and may also suffer from critical vulnerabilities and bugs. Because of them, for example, you can miss a malicious application that will take control of your device, or simply lose all your data, which happens quite often today.
It is also very important to understand that after the beta testing program ends, you will have to upgrade to the stable version Android. Some vendors, for example Vivo, offer instructions on how to rollback, while others leave users alone with the problem, apparently believing that they understand how to act in this situation. Therefore, if you do not know how to rollback from a test version of the OS, it is most likely best not to risk it.