Google has delayed the launch of Android 11 operating systems first beta version due to the coronavirus crisis. the Android Developers team wrote in a blog post- “When we started planning Android 11, we didn’t expect the kinds of changes that would find their way to all of us, across nearly every region in the world. These have challenged us to stay flexible and find new ways to work together, especially with our developer community.”
Android 11 is expected to bring a number of new features that users have been asking for a long time. Amongst the many are features like native screen recording, auto revoke of app permissions, increased touch sensitivity and more. What is interesting is that with the Android 11 Developer Preview 3, Google had brought the ability to undo dismissed notifications, however, with DP4, that feature is now reportedly gone. This makes us believe that Google is still fine-tuning the feature set and that not all features we’ve seen so far might make it to the final build of Android 11, at least at release.
Google Android 11 beta program: How to get it
To run the latest developer preview of Google Android 11, you’ll need to have a Pixel 2 or later. (In recent years, Google opened up the Android beta to other phones besides the ones it makes, but that’s not going to happen until a more stable beta is ready.) From there, you need to download and flash a device system image to your Pixel.
That process is a bit more complex than simply downloading an over-the-air update. You’ll need to make sure that both developer settings and USB debugging are turned on for your target device, and you’ll need to unlock the phone’s bootloader, too. Developers should be able to do all that without any sweat, but it’s not something that regular users are likely to have done before.
Google Android 11 schedule update
Here are some of the key changes in the new schedule:
- We’re releasing a fourth Developer Preview today for testing and feedback.
- Beta 1 release moves to June 3. We’ll include the final SDK and NDK APIs with this release and open up Google Play publishing for apps targeting Android 11.
- Beta 2 moves to July. We’ll reach Platform Stability with this release.
- Beta 3 moves to August and will include release candidate builds for final testing
“The schedule change adds some extra time for you to test your app for compatibility and identify any work you’ll need to do. We recommend releasing a compatible app update by Android 11 Beta on June 3rd to get feedback from the larger group of Android Beta users who will be getting the update,” the blog post added.