The Android 11 Developer Preview has dropped, revealing a number of new options customers can anticipate in Android 11 when it launches in Q3 2020.
This submit shall be up to date each time we uncover new options, so make certain to test again each infrequently. It’s additionally value noting that a few of these options may change earlier than the total Android 11 launch, whereas others may not even make it into the ultimate construct in any respect.
Chat Bubbles had been an experimental characteristic in Android 10, however now Google is doubling down on them with Android 11.
For those who’ve ever used Fb Messenger on Android 10, you then’ll be acquainted with this characteristic. It stacks a listing of conversations to the facet of your display screen so you possibly can work together with them from anyplace.
The Google Telephone app was additionally testing Bubble integration with Android 10, which allowed you to hold up a name from anyplace.
Google’s developer web site says that customers might want to opt-into this characteristic the primary time an app launches it. For instance, when you opened Messages and it requested if you wish to use Chat Bubbles, you possibly can both settle for or deny this.
Mute notifications whereas recording video
This characteristic is fairly self-explanatory. Whenever you’re recording a video in your telephone with Android 11 it mutes notifications in order that they don’t disrupt no matter topic you’re making an attempt to seize.
Pixel 4 contact sensitivity
This characteristic is restricted to the Pixel 4. Within the Android 11 Show Settings menu, customers can allow a characteristic known as ‘Increase touch sensitivity.’ The blurb beneath this says that it’s going to make the telephone simpler to make use of with some display screen protectors.
Will probably be fascinating to see if this setting additionally helps individuals work together with their telephones whereas they’ve gloves on.
Customers will now have the choice to permit an app to entry a characteristic just like the digicam, microphone or location, however solely as soon as. Beforehand, customers might solely select from two choices when enabling an app’s permissions — ‘Allow all the time’ and ‘Allow while using the app.’ Alternatively, they might deny a permission in the event that they didn’t need an app to entry one thing.
This new replace will allow you to block apps you don’t belief from utilizing your telephone’s hardware till you want it.
Assist for cellular driver’s licenses
Will probably be as much as governments around the globe to adapt to this one, however XDA Developers say that Google is engaged on including a safe approach so as to add a digital model of your ID to Android.
This might embrace e-passports, digital variations of insurance coverage data and extra.
Updates are getting extra modular
You’ll have heard of Google’s challenge Mainline previously. It breaks the OS right into a handful of distinct elements that may all be up to date individually. In Android 11, Google has damaged out one other seven elements from the primary OS to make them updateable by the Play Retailer.
This could assist make Android simpler to replace sooner or later.
This little characteristic will make it simpler for app builders to make use of smartphone producers’ biometric login choices, like fingerprint and face scanners.
In Android 11, Google is including new ranges for rating these login choices, starting from one to 3. For instance, a low-level login may be an affordable face unlock that may be fooled by an image, whereas one thing safer like a fingerprint could be rated extra extremely.
There’s a brand new fast toggle possibility within the notification shade that enables individuals to file their display screen simply.
Darkish theme scheduling
Android 11 is taking the working system’s darkish theme to the subsequent stage by permitting customers to schedule it to return on at a sure time every day, or activate and off with the sundown and dawn.
Conversations get their very own notification group
Google has added a brand new dialog part to Android 11 known as ‘Conversations.’ This part will spotlight messages from apps that help it above your whole different notifications.
That is tremendous helpful because it implies that random notifications from apps received’t overshadow your conversations with mates. It’ll additionally imply that Android now has three notification tiers: ‘Conversations,’ ‘Normal’ and ‘Silent.’
It’s also possible to long-press on a Dialog notification to get extra choices. On this beta, you possibly can flip that dialog right into a bubble, favorite it, snooze it or mute it.
Pixel 4 Movement Sense pause gesture
In Android 11, you should utilize the Pixel 4’s Soli Radar chip to pause music in your telephone with out touching it. To tug off the gesture, maintain your hand over the telephone’s display screen and faucet the air.
XDA Developers additionally notes that it looks like Movement Sense is barely improved general in Android 11.