Users of Google Pixel devices can now download the first Android 11 beta. Google has just released the update, adding new controls and privacy improvements.
Download first Android 11 beta
The first Android 11 beta is available for download now for anyone with a Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL. Other devices will follow later, but it is still unknown which these are.
Do you have a Google Pixel and do you want to test the latest software first? Then follow these steps:
- Go to the Android beta website and sign in to your Google account;
- Select the device on which you want to install the Android 11 beta;
- Follow the onscreen instructions and the update will be sent to your phone.
New communication features in Android 11
Android 11 offers several new communication features that prioritize social activities on your phone. For example, social media reports now have their own part in the notification curtain.
You can also mark a conversation as a priority so that you miss important messages less quickly. The option ensures that these calls appear on an always-on display when the phone is locked. In addition, priority notifications continue to arrive while Do Not Disturb is active.
Android 11 also introduces Bubbles, a new feature similar to what we already know from Facebook Messenger. When you close a chat, it turns into a sliding circle on your screen. The bubble remains when you open different apps, so you can open your chat from all environments in one click.
Improved device and media controls
Furthermore, you can now control your smart devices from one place by long-pressing the power button. This opens a menu where you can access the controls of your smart devices. This makes it quicker and easier to switch on the lighting, change the temperature, or unlock the front door.
Android 11 also introduces new media buttons, allowing users to switch between audio and video devices faster. Everyone can now choose with the click of a button between the devices on which music or videos can be played.
Android 11 improves privacy and security
As always, Google improves privacy and security with a new major update. For example, it has now done this again by adding a function that makes it possible to grant one-time rights to an app.
Previously, you could only choose to give an app indefinite access to the use of, for example, your camera and storage. The new function ensures that the app can no longer access these functions after you close it.
In addition, apps that you do not use for a long time automatically lose their access to your device. As a result, unused apps do not have unnecessary permission to certain parts in your phone. The next time you use the app, you’ll have to re-specify what you’re giving it access to.
Stable Android 11 release
The stable version of Android 11 does not appear until a few months later. The update is now scheduled for summer and may be released in August or September. If you want to know more about the software update, check out the Android 11 version page.
An article will be posted soon on the site about our first impressions of Android 11. Here we take a closer look at the new features and improvements that the update brings.