Google just announced Android 11 Beta 1.5. A number of issues are resolved in this interim beta, including issues with Google Pay.
Android 11 Beta 1.5
Last week, Google launched the first beta version of Android 11. This beta version can be installed on multiple phones outside of the Pixel, meaning a larger group can test this software. This group has already encountered some problems, including not being able to pay contactless with Google Pay. Google immediately solved this problem and a number of smaller ones in Android 11 Beta 1.5. This beta version is now offered via an OTA update to the phones participating in the beta program.
> All about the new features in the first Android 11 Beta
In the release notes of this version, Google explains in detail what has been solved:
- Phones no longer crash (restart) while using gesture navigation to switch between apps in different orientations while running the device at the same time.
- Pixel 3 and 3a users can activate a pSim service after resetting and resetting their phone if the phone is currently using an eSIM service.
- Fixed issues that users experienced when using contactless payments through Google Pay.
- The system no longer enforces the Bluetooth privileged permission for RemoveBond. This fixes issues that can affect pairing, unpairing, and resetting connections for Bluetooth devices, such as Forget Watch on Wear OS devices.
Obviously the biggest improvement in this update is the solution for the non-contactless payment via Google Pay problem. This payment system is not yet offered in the Netherlands, but our southern neighbors have been using it for a number of years.
Download Android 11 Beta 1.5
Android 11 Beta 1.5 OTA (RPB1.200504.020) is now rolling out to Pixel phones. You can also manually flash the update on these phones or use the Android Flash Tool. You can find the required downloads here.
In this article, we explain how you can get started with the first Android 11 Beta. So you can test the latest features of Android 11. However, you may run into problems such as apps that are not working properly. That’s part of testing beta software.
Android 11 timeline
Android 11 is now available to a larger group of users with the first beta. The next two beta versions will follow sometime in July. We can expect a stable version in the third quarter. Then also begins the race of manufacturers to release Android 11 for their phones. Check out the Android 11 timeline below for more information.
Which of you has already installed the Android 11 Beta? What are your experiences? Let us know in the comments below this article.
Android 11 timeline
February 19, 2020: Android 11 Developer Preview 1
March 4, 2020: Android 11 Developer Preview 1.1
March 19, 2020: Android 11 Developer Preview 2
April 2, 2020: Android 11 Developer Preview 2.1
April 24, 2020: Android 11 Developer Preview 3
May 6, 2020: Android 11 Developer Preview 4
June 11, 2020: Android 11 first beta
June 18, 2020: Android 11 Beta 1.5
June -> July 2020: Android 11 second beta
July -> August 2020: Android 11 third beta (release candidate)
third quarter 2020: launch stable version of Android 11