Android 11 Beta was officially released on Wednesday, and so far there are a number of new features that stand out.
This release includes the final SDK and NDK application programming interfaces for developers and opens Google Play Publishing for apps for Android 11.
Android has presented its latest features in three specific key areas: People, Control, and Privacy. Here are the more impressive features in Android 11 Beta:
- You can now prioritize your conversations with your key contacts in the new "Conversations" section at the top of your notification shadow.
- The customizable Do Not Disturb option lets you choose which apps or people can still notify you when you turn on mode.
- A built-in screen recorder.
- Unique permission options for microphone, camera, location and more.
- The on / off key combinations provide access to your credit / debit cards stored in Google Pay as well as controls for Google Home devices.
- Chat bubbles that enable smoother interaction, whether you're on the home page or in an app.
- An automatic reset feature that automatically removes app permissions if you haven't used an app for a long time.
Android's latest public beta was scheduled to be unveiled at the Google I / O conference in May, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be canceled. Android should have a virtual event for June 3, but postponed it last week in the face of global protests against the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others.
Instead of a virtual event, Android released the beta on Wednesday with short videos and websites that you can use at your own pace.
Google plans to release Beta 2 in July and Beta 3 in August, which include candidate builds for final testing.
While Android 11 will most likely not be available for most phones until 2021, there is also a chance that some new Android phones that will be released later this year already have Android 11 installed.