Android 11 Public Beta Update is Here- Main Features You Need to Know

Google I/O event is one of the biggest events for Android app developers. This annual event always brings new and exciting announcements for developers and Android users, but this year is an exception. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the I/O 2020 event had no fanfare and Google launched Android 11 beta silently on June 10. This big update is important not only because it has introduced new and innovative features for Android 11 but also because Google has brought it after delaying its release twice.

Security improvements, enhanced notifications, and bubble conversations are some of the innovative features of Android 11. Let’s make a list of the major features included in the Android 11 beta version from the viewpoint of a mobile app development company.

Top Features of Android 11 Beta Version

  • Improved Media Controls

Do you find it cumbersome to switch between devices while enjoying music on Android? Well, Android 11 has an answer. It facilitates users to choose their audio output rapidly from the notifications screen. Better media controls give users more freedom to interact with music through a more powerful notifications section. It is possible to switch between apps in the last played music order. So, if the users need to switch between AudioBooks and music frequently, they can easily do so through the notifications section.

  • Privacy Enhancements

Google has put more focus on privacy protection since the release of Android 10. One of the most important features of Android 10 is it enables the app users to restrict location access while running an app. These days, applications need one-time access to some of your phone’s features including a microphone or camera. Now in Android 11, as mentioned by Google, if users have not used an application for a long time, the OS will reset all the app-related permissions and notify the users. For example, if you want to download a video conferencing application randomly that you will not utilize again for a long time, you need not worry about the permissions you have given to it.

  • Better Device Control

Android 11 offers more control over devices. Users can readily control and access connected devices quickly through smarter device control. On pressing the power button for a long time, users can bring up device controls. Also, the long pressing of the power button will display the credit card and other payment options integrated with Google Play.

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  • Easier Communications

Android 11 has simplified communication. It will shift all conversations across several messaging applications to a fixed space. Users can easily see and give a response to all conversations from a single place. Users can also mark any important conversation and it will be pinned to the top so that users can see it even during the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.

Bubble communication is another unique way to communicate. Chat Bubbles is the same as Facebook Messenger and pops out conversations. Users can open a complete conversation with a single tap that enables them to get rid of frequent switching back and forth between apps.

  • On-device Cortex

Android 11 has an on-device visual cortex to understand the context and content given on the screen. The visual cortex can create labels and access points accordingly for better accessibility. If users control their device through their voice, they can speak normally what is written on the screen and the device will be available to access. This feature will enable the users to get rid of recognizing a number on a grid.

Apart from these features, Android 11 offers 5G support, improved streaming experience, call screening improvements, screen recording, and other performance enhancements. You can consult a reputed mobile app development company to know more about Android 11 features.

How to Get Android 11 Beta in Your Phone?

Do you want to get Android 11 Beta on your smartphone? Well, first of all, you need a Pixel 2 or later.

You can now follow these simple steps-

  1. Make sure that your Pixel 2 or any newer Google phone’s power is on
  2. Visit the Android 11 preview site
  3. Click on ‘Enroll in the Android Beta Program.’
  4. Sign in with the same Google account used for your Pixel. Soon, you will get an update alert.
  5. Approve the update and follow your phone’s on-screen prompts to download and install the Android 11 Beta version.


Concluding Lines

Every year, Android brings new updates in more advanced versions. Android 11 Beta also promises user-friendly features and improvements in performance. It is interesting to see how mobile app developers will utilize these features in making feature-rich apps for their corporate clients. Let’s wait till the official release of Android 11.

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