Here are the features of the Android 11 Developer Preview 1 update

Google has pushed out the Android 11 Developer Preview 1 to the Pixel devices. The update comes with a couple of noticeable features while rest are still in the works.

The supported devices are:

Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL

Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL

Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL

Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL


So, what’s new in Developer Preview?


Similar to Facebook Messenger’s Bubbles. But it has been implemented system-wide, which makes almost all the messaging services take advantage of.

And to access this feature, we just need to Tap & Hold on a Message Notification and click on “Show as Bubble”. But as of the DP1 , the only app which uses this feature is Google’s own Messaging App but it is soon going to be available on a wide range of other messaging services.


The sticky set of five apps that appear on your home screen, just above the google search bar? Yes, that’s it. That is going to get smarter and the apps are going to get replaced with the apps that you frequently use or the ones which Google thinks that you might use.

You also get the option to hide the suggestions if you like to stick to a constant set of apps to show up always, like me.


The DND settings have been refined and focus more on who/what should bypass the DND mode. Now you can choose the which person can send messages or call while DND is turned on. You can also allow repeat callers from your contacts list within a 15-minute period.


Permission Management

Apple has this feature, which Google lacked. But now it’s here. When you open an app you are prompted with the set of permissions that the app is trying to access, but you just had two options: “Accept” or “Deny”. But with Android 11 you get this third option which can let you allow the app to access camera/location/whatever permission just once.


Screen Recording

It’s finally here! After waiting for so long, Google is shipping a native screen-recorder that can be accessed from the notification menu. It’s simple to use, you start recording by just clicking on the icon in the toggles.

Other Features

  • Motion Sense Gestures: You can wave your hand over the screen to play/stop the music.
  • Dark Mode: You can now set at what time the Dark Mode should turn on & off instead of manually doing it.
  • Share Sheet: You can now pin the apps to the share-sheet that you actually want to be on the top.
  • Touch Sensitivity: You get the option to increase the touch sensitivity on your device when you are using screen protectors. This option can be accessed from the display settings and is just available in Pixel 4 as of now.

There are a lot of under the hood improvements and changes which are too early to be showcased. But we expect to see more of them in the next Developer Preview update.

Also, we might get to see tons of new features at the Google I/O later this year!

Sriyansa Mohanty
Sriyansa Mohanty
Student and a Blogger from India.

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