Android 11 Beta: Now available for Pixel Phones

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Google has just released Android 11’s beta version for Pixel phone users. The developer version of Android 11 has a lot of new features and tweaks. Over COVID-19 fears, it had already canceled the Google IO 2020 event, and again the online event scheduled on June 3 was canceled due to ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests. With the whole world going through a grim phase, Google wanted to maintain the spirit and launched the Android 11 beta quietly in the form of videos and web-pages. 

What’s new in Android 11?

Google, in its blog, says it is making the new version a little more expressive and people-centric to prioritize certain conversations. With this in mind, Android 11’s beta version has divided the notification into three categories namely the conversations, alert notifications, and silent notifications. The conversation notification shows all the chat related content at the top. It is followed by alert notifications such as e-mails and then silent notifications such as social media updates. Also, chat bubbles have been integrated with a beta version similar to Facebook Messenger. 

To give users the ability to access connected devices easily, a new power button menu is also added. This allows for quick toggling between connected devices to better manage audio and video files. 

With Android 11 beta, Google is also providing enhanced security permissions to let users give the apps one-time access to the camera, microphone, or location.

Android Studio, Google’s IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Android has ensured simpler debugging and better device testing with the Android Emulator. 

Android 11’s beta version is available for eligible devices such as Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 4. If you have an eligible phone, head to the enrolment page and you’ll get a notification in 24 hours. You can also manually download and install it from here. Visit this official page to know what’s more in Android 11.