This is the time of the year when Google starts dropping another major Android Upgrade. This time, its no different, as Google finally released the first Developer Preview of the upcoming Android 11. And Oh Boy! the update list is pretty long! However, we might not be able to cover everything on our own, so we will add the original blog post link from Google.
The Android 11 brings a lot of feature tweaks and add-ons. The majority of enhancements are done on privacy, security, improvement to different update policies, etc.
There are several changes. One of the changes mentioned by Google is privacy. After Android 10 focuses on the Privacy, Android 11 brings an option to “Allow only when App is in use” feature. As the name implies, the settings/hardware access of the app is limited only when the app is running, making almost impossible to get access to storage in the background.
Also, Google is now focusing on the Scoped Storage. You will see the feature coming on Android 11 with some more tweaks. Even the biometrics will show as “weak” or “strong” based on the new security classifications.
Even 5G is getting some focus this decade. Also, Google is breaking up “conversations” into Android 10’s disabled Bubbles, which is, also coming back in Android 11.
Project Mainland is also receiving major updates. Project Mainland uses Play Store-style update method, which will help Google deliver updates without OEMs in between. With the new OS, Google will have a total 22 modules to update, without the help of the OEMs.
There are some Machine Learning tweaks, a new large number of APIs and a more easy way to test apps by devs.
Get the Android 11 update.
Since the update is not meant for general usage, Google is only providing the factory images for the Pixel 2, 3, and 4. You have to manually download and flash the updates for the time being.
The Android Studio has also received the update today, along with the support for Android R SDK, and you can run Android R on Android Emulator, given that your laptop can support heavy use.
The GSI images are also available for Project Treble compatible laptops.
Source: Google Blog
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