Android 10 is still a distant dream for many users but it is inevitable that the developers at Google are already working on Android 11. The new software will be officially released in 2020, probably at the end of the summer, but we can already get an idea about the roadmap and some of the upcoming features.
Android 11 beta: Developer Preview may land in February
So far, the beta version has always been published sometime in March and made available for certain smartphones. However, this date has moved closer to February in recent years. There are already enough rumors about the new operating system that Google is now bringing new wind into the discussions. Thus, GoogleWatchBlog found a website for the Android Developer Preview 11 online. This was discovered by resourceful people, but it was also removed again. Instead, the link now leads to the Android 10 website.
The information that the website showed was apparently just a copy made from the old Android 10 website. Reference was made here, for example, to improved data protection and foldable support, which are already features of Android 10. In addition, it was stated that the preview can be installed on any Google Pixel phone. However, this is not possible yet.
So there wasn’t much to see. However, the unwanted publication of the page could indicate that Google is already working diligently on the preview and that we may be able to look forward to an earlier release date. On the other hand, leaks on the release date have never said much about the actual launch date. So it remains exciting.
When will Android 11 be released?
Yes, it is still early to talk about the release date of Android 11 considering that Android 10 has been official for three months and available on a limited number of devices. While Google, brand manufacturers, and operators are working on the release of the update to Android 10, we can already begin to speculate about Android 11.
It will take some time until spring 2020, when we’ll finally get to grips with the first beta version of Android 11 and it will probably only during the Google I/O in May when some of the features of the new operating system will be shown. Google will release several more and more complete beta versions until the final firmware is officialized between August and September.
In addition to the Google Pixel smartphones (Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL) a list of selected devices will also be part of the beta testing program (probably from beta three onwards) to help improve the final version.
New, leaked Android 11 features
Android 11 will integrate new features not present to Android 10. As always, you will have to wait for the final version of the software to actually experience the new features integrated into Android 11. In recent months there will surely be rumors that will allow us to get an idea in advance of Google’s new Android update.
This feature should have been part of Android 10 but Google decided to take a little more time before making it available on Android and put it on stand-by. Scoped Storage aims to optimize the speed of memory reading and privacy. What does that mean? Creating a second folder dedicated to the files created by the app in use where the app can read and overwrite any file without the user having to grant permission. It is important to know that this space is not accessible to external apps but only to the app concerned. This is a feature that focuses on privacy and security but will also make the process of reading files faster.
Airplane and Bluetooth modes
According to the XDA developers’ team, in the source code of the operating system one of the new features of Android 11 could be Bluetooth related, which will not be automatically deactivated in airplane mode. This is not big news but those who are used to traveling by plane and use Bluetooth to listen to music will appreciate it.
Android 11 could natively allow you to capture extended screenshots without having to rely on third-party applications. The indiscretion, in this case, comes directly from a tweet by Dave Burke, one of the engineers of the Google team. This feature is actually available on some devices but Android 11 could make it native.
What we would like to see in Android 11
Alternative to Android Beam
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