Google Releases Android 11’s First Developer Preview. Here’s what you must know.
After a successful response towards Android 10, Google has now released the first developer preview of Android 11 and it is now available to download and test for the developers. Google is known to deliver developer builds of new Android versions during March, but Android 11’s first developer preview has been released earlier than the regular cycle.
In terms of features, it brings enhancements for foldable phones and screen types, new camera capabilities, privacy-centric tools, convenient app behavior, 5G related improvements, and a lot more. Apart from releasing the first Android 11 developer Preview, Google has also revealed the rollout timeline for upcoming builds.
As per Google, the system images, as well as GSI files for the first Android 11 Developer Preview, are now available to download for the Pixel 4, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3, and Pixel 2. It has also been clarified by Google that the preview build is only for the developers and it is not suitable for regular users. Beta testing of Android 11 will soon be opened to regular Android users on an invitational basis.
Android 11 supports a wider range of screen types such as waterfall and hole-punch. Also, it helps developers optimize their applications allowing them to use the curved regions for creating meaningful interactions. It also introduced Bubble API on notifications that bring chat bubbles allowing users to keep conversations in view while multi-tasking.
Another feature that Android 11 offers is the ability to insert images through copy/paste for inline replies notifications. Users will also be able to copy images from Chrome and paste it via Gboard into their quick replies starting with the first Android 11 Developer preview.
Another addition in Android 11 is that the applications are now able to use APIs to mute ringtones and vibrations for alarms or notifications while using the phone’s camera. Features like Bokeh mode enhancements, a native image decoder, and the ability to decode and render image animations. On the connectivity front, Android 11 allows your device to add some more screening improvements, Wi-Fi API, and more scope of 5G-related improvements.
Apart from these interesting features, there are several other advancements made in the functioning which will be clear once the Beta version of Android 11 rolls out.