Android 11 Beta Stories September 8, 2020

Traditionally, the Android Beta Program shuts down following the launch of the in-preview release. Google is doing something different this year and keeping the program open to “future pre-release versions of Android 11.”

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Android 11 Beta Stories August 24, 2020

In addition to posting the factory images, the Pixel 4a can now be enrolled in the Android 11 Beta. This was promised at the start of August, and comes as the upcoming version of Android is nearing a public launch. 

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Android 11 Beta Stories August 9, 2020

Google wants your Android 11 Beta 3 feedback in final survey

Google on Thursday released the final preview of the next major version of its mobile operating system. Like with the first two releases, an Android 11 Beta 3 survey seeks one last round of feedback.

Android 11 Beta Stories August 7, 2020

You can now use Google’s brand-new emoji, thanks to Android 11 Beta 3

While we dig through the last Android 11 Beta update, one thing that might make you more inclined to download is the addition of Google’s brand-new emoji designs.

Ability to ‘force’ 90Hz refresh rate returns with Android 11 Beta 3

Thanks to the Android 11 Beta 3 update you can now force your device to adopt the 90Hz refresh rate wherever possible on your Pixel 4 or 4 XL.

Android 11 Beta Stories August 6, 2020

Android 11 Beta 3: You can now swipe away the media controls

One of the more drastic changes so far in Android 11 is that media apps and their controls now have a dedicated place, bundled in with your quick settings tiles, a feature called “media resumption.” With Android 11 Beta 3, you can now swipe away those media player controls altogether, if you really want to.

Google just dropped the latest Android 11 beta this afternoon, and within it is the brand new Easter Egg! Here’s what it delivers.

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With Android 11 Beta 3, Google is close to publicly releasing the latest version of its mobile OS. There should still be a handful of changes today and we’re tracking everything new.

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Ahead of the public launch “coming very soon,” Google is rolling out Android 11 Beta 3. This is the “release candidate” and very close to what Pixel owners will receive in the coming weeks.

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Android 11 Beta Stories July 22, 2020

After releasing the second Android 11 Beta two weeks ago, Google is rolling out an Android 11 Beta 2.5 update today. This “patch” addresses device crashes and Pixel 4 display issues.

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Android 11 Beta Stories July 10, 2020

Google surveying Android 11 Beta 2 users about what still needs to be fixed

Following the latest beta on Wednesday, there is only one more Android 11 release before the public launch later this quarter. Google today released a survey asking testers to chime in on Android 11 Beta 2.

Android 11 Beta Stories July 9, 2020

The second phase of an outwardly “usable” version of Android 11 is now here with Beta 2. The second of three scheduled user-facing previews before the fully-fledged release in early September 2020. We’ve done plenty of digging since the preview dropped to find out just what new features you might be interested in.

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As part of the latest Android 11 Beta 2, you can now prevent auto-connection to specific Wi-Fi networks saved to your device or account.

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The Android 11 Beta 2 update introduces a number of refinements and tweaks but for Pixel 4 owners it is also bringing a frustrating display flicker bug.

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Android 11 Beta Stories July 8, 2020

One big visual change in Android 11 is a revamped screen capture UI where a small preview appears in the bottom-left corner. In Android 11 Beta 2 today, screenshot previews return to the notification shade.

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Android 11: Share sheet groups together share targets by app

The second proper version of the Android 11 Beta released today, and in it we’ve found that the Android share sheet has been reorganized to only show apps instead of each individual share target.

One of the biggest changes to Android 11 comes in the form of notifications with several useful tweaks. “Conversations” makes Android’s notifications section a powerful tool for messaging, and now there’s a dedicated Settings space for managing the feature.

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With last month’s Beta 1, Google debuted a slew of user-facing changes from redesigned media and device controls to bubbles. Android 11 Beta 2 continues introducing new features today and we’re tracking everything new.

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One of the features we’ve been watching closely in the Android 11 Beta and Developer Preview period, the new media player controls interface, has gotten a familiar-looking redesign with Android 11 Beta 2.

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Android 11 Beta 2 is here today with “Platform Stability” for app developers and a slew of refinements ahead of the consumer launch later in Q3. Media controls in Android 11 are now part of Quick Settings with the design tweaked again for this release. Google also introduced a new ripple gesture that is distinctly not Material and feels widely different for Android.

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Android 11 is set to finally debut a native screen recorder to the platform, and in Beta 2, it’s getting an upgrade. With Android 11’s latest release, Google has enabled the ability to capture device audio with the native screen recorder.

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Following last month’s launch of the public preview, Google today is rolling out Android 11 Beta 2. This release moves us closer to the consumer launch later this quarter by introducing “final system behaviors” and “Platform Stability” for app developers.

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Android 11 Beta Stories June 25, 2020

Historically, Android developer previews are primarily focused on phones and other similar form factors. Google this year is launching an Android 11 Developer Preview for Android TV.

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Android 11 Beta Stories June 23, 2020

Today kicks off the first segment in Google’s 11 Weeks of Android series. Videos and blog posts this week are all about the upcoming operating system’s focus on “People & Identity.” Homescreen conversation shortcuts were previewed in one video, while we randomly see the rumored “Nearby” feature integrated with the Android 11 share sheet.

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Android 11 Beta Stories June 22, 2020

Google names winning ML-focused Android Developer Challenge apps

Back in October, Google announced an Android Developer Challenge to look for apps that take advantage of machine learning. As part of the 11 Weeks of Android, the 10 winners were revealed today.

Android 11 Beta Stories June 18, 2020

Of the issues with the Android 11 Beta, one that seems the most frustrating are the reports of choppy video playback.

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Android 11 Beta Stories June 17, 2020

After releasing the first Android 11 Beta last week, Google is today rolling out an Android 11 Beta 1.5 patch. This “minor update” addresses device crashes and the lack of Google Pay.

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Alongside the Pixel series, the Android 11 Beta is available for a number of third-party devices, which includes the OnePlus 8 series.

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Google’s Android 11 Beta finally dropped recently, and in the various official coverage of the release, there’s a slick-looking wallpaper that strangely isn’t in the current release. Now, we’ve uncovered it so you can download it on your device.

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Android 11 Beta Stories June 15, 2020

In launching Android 11 Beta 1 last week, Google dramatically expanded the number of users testing the next major version of its operating system. The company is now running an Android 11 Beta software survey to get “feedback on the latest version of Android 11.”

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Android 11 Beta Stories June 12, 2020

Up to this point on Android, when any file is deleted, be it a photo you took or a song you downloaded, it’s immediately gone forever. With Android 11, Google has quietly introduced a new trash folder that can help keep your photos and more from being accidentally deleted.

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Yesterday’s debut of Android 11 Beta 1 brought along with it a handful of new features that might entice some users to jump on the early release. However, if you often rely on Google Pay, you should probably avoid the Android 11 Beta for now.

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Alongside the Android 11 Beta, OnePlus is testing a newer version of its camera app in that release. OnePlus Camera 5.4.10 adds a handful of new features including quick share, a revamped zoom UI, and more. Here’s what’s new and what will, eventually, make its way to past OnePlus devices.

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Android 11 Beta Stories June 11, 2020

While there are many OS-level features in Android 11 Beta 1, other changes require app developers to manually integrate. Google Messages in the coming weeks will support Android 11’s Bubbles API.

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Google’s Android developer previews are pretty stable considering they’re early versions of software, but they’re still prone to random issues. With Android 11 DP4, Google is warning Pixel 4 owners that face unlock will be broken if they downgrade back to Android 10.

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Android 11’s first beta brought along with it a handful of nice tweaks and changes, but the one we ended up covering the most was the platform’s new media controls. The feature is clearly something Google cares a lot about, too, so here’s our question for you — what do you think about the new media controls?

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The long wait is over for a “usable” version of Android 11 with the release of the Beta 1 update which we can actually recommend you install on your device. And of course, that means we have been delving in to figure out what the top new features are of the pre-release OS.

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The Android 11 Beta phase is now branching out to even more devices, with the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro now getting their own taste of the pre-release OS upgrade.

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Yesterday, Google debuted the Android 11 Beta, but only for its Pixel smartphones. The company teased that other Android partners would announce beta programs “soon,” and now another pair is speaking up. The Xiaomi Mi 10 series and the Poco F2 Pro are now promised the Android 11 Beta.

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Android 11 Beta Stories June 10, 2020

Have you installed the Android 11 Beta? [Poll]

Today was the big day for the twice-delayed Android 11 Beta to arrive on Google’s Pixel phones, bringing a year’s worth of improvements. But the question on our minds is: did you install the Android 11 Beta?

Nest camera notifications don’t show video previews for some on Android 11 Beta

Google’s Nest service is central to many people’s home security, and one perk of the brand’s camera is the ability to get notifications when movement is detected. If you’re on Android 11’s first beta release, though, beware — Nest notifications don’t show video previews.

Google dropped the first Android 11 Beta today, but only for its own Google Pixel smartphones. Like past years, though, the Android 11 Beta Program will be extending to other Android phones, we just don’t know which ones.

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We’ve only had our hands on the Android 11 Beta for a few hours, but I can already say that my personal favorite feature is “media resumption.” The revamp of how Android 11 handles media players and music controls is full of welcome changes, but perhaps its best feature is the ability to show controls for multiple music apps at the same time.

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In the past couple of years, Google has made a push for improving accessibility on Android with tools such as Sound Amplifier, Live Caption, and others. One of those tools, Voice Access, is also getting a huge upgrade to go along with Android 11 which enables it to understand what’s on your display.

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Android 11’s first beta is here, and with it, a bunch of changes to the platform. Hidden in the background, though, is what appears to be a big change for how Android treats emergency alerts, as well as overdue support for those alerts in the Spanish language.

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In launching the Android 11 Beta, Google today opted for a more subtle announcement. Instead of doing one “Beta Launch Show,” the company will be hosting “11 Weeks of Android” for developers.

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Android 11 Beta 1 ‘zooms’ your wallpaper when you access notifications

Android 11’s first public beta release dropped today and, with it, a handful of really slick new changes. Also, within every release like this Google makes little tweaks and one of those is visible on the homescreen. Now, your wallpaper “zooms” in when accessing notifications on Android 11.

Lockscreen media controls get a facelift w/ Android 11’s ‘media resumption’ shortcut

Lockscreen controls on Android used to be pretty complex, but Google has gone the way of simplicity for that portion of the platform. With Android 11, though, Google has given lockscreen media controls a facelift, but it only applies to certain settings.

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