Android 11 Developer Preview Stories March 20

In the most recent Pixel Feature Drop, Google launched easy access to your “Cards & Passes” from Google Pay by way of the power menu. As of the latest Android 11 Developer Preview, launched earlier today, Cards & Passes is set to be replaced in the power menu with something called “Quick Controls” that appears to make smart home shortcuts easier to access.

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Android 11 Developer Preview Stories March 19

The second installment in our favorite smartphone operating system has arrived and we have been delving into “Android 11 Developer Preview 2” to figure out what might be the top new features of the pre-release OS.

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Yesterday’s reveal of Android 11’s second developer preview showed off a bunch of new changes, including progress on the native screen recorder. Now, we’re getting new details that hint that Android’s new built-in screen recorder may soon be able to capture internal audio.

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Android 11 Developer Preview Stories March 18

Android’s AirDrop-like Nearby Sharing inadvertently acknowledged by 11 DP2

Last June, we exclusively revealed that Google was working on an Android Beam replacement and AirDrop competitor called “Fast Share.” It was renamed to “Nearby Sharing” earlier this year, but ultimately still unannounced. The Android 11 DP2 today surprisingly references the feature.

The second Android developer preview has now built upon the Conversations section added as part of the first developer preview, allowing you to mark messages as “important” again, which happens to include a brand-new UI to boot.

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The Android 11 Developer Preview, as the name implies, is primarily intended to be an early preview of Android 11’s changes so developers can make their apps compatible long before it launches. However, sometimes upcoming Pixel-exclusive features leak through, as is the case with “Columbus” which lets you do things like invoking the Google Assistant with a double-tap on the back.

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