Android 11: New preview shows numerous features

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After the development stop for Chrome, Google remains true to its schedule for Android 11. Now the company has released the second Developer Preview and can now be tested by developers. The preview is noisy GoogleWatchBlog not yet suitable for everyday use. What interesting new features the update brings have xdadevelopers Broken down. We’ll summarize them here:

Notification history and link

With Android 11, it’s finally easier to see the news history. This appears directly in the settings and leads via a link to the notifications of the last 24 hours. The only downside: Notifications can only be viewed, not recalled.

Facial recognition only possible with eyes open

The fact that the Pixel 4 was able to unlock with facial recognition even with closed eyes was a source of anger for many users. With the new update, Google is responding to the objections and only makes unlocking possible with open eyes, as with Apple’s FaceID. The Shift button is now available in the facial recognition setting. However, as beta testers report, this is not yet expected to work.

Conversation alto is introduced into the settings

Already at the first Android 11 preview, the “Conversations” section appeared in the notifications. With the second preview, it is now fully integrated. Under Settings -> Notifications, the new feature appears under the “Manage Conversations” segment. This is where you can specify which apps should appear under “Conversations”, where you can then make clear settings for the notifications for many messaging apps on Android 11.

Selection of pixel wallpapers gets a new coat of paint

The wallpaper app can also look forward to a new update. While your current background image is displayed large, you will see more motifs as a list and mini-images (square) below. The names can be found at the top of the middle.

Dial adjustment in preparation phase

What’s new is nifty that Google is working on customizable dials in pixel themes. With the second Developer Preview, the new “Clock” area has now appeared, under which the adjustment should be possible.

New user interface for the Screen Recorder

A quick change to the Screen Recorder has been available since the first Developer Preview on Android 11. Now Google is packing a new interface on top of it. You can then use the switch to decide whether you also want to record sound or visualize the touches of the display.

Adjusting aspect ratios via “Restart”

Not all applications can be adapted to the higher aspect ratios of newer phones. Google has built in a new pop-up that allows you to restart the apps and let them fill the entire display.

ADB troubleshooting without a network

With the new update, wireless ADB on Android 11 should finally be possible. This function is intended to allow users to perform device pairing using QR code or pairing code.

IPSec VPN

IPSec is another encryption standard. With it you have the possibility to encrypt large data packets that you use within the VPN. Android 11 is now designed to offer you more IPSec options that you can use when setting up a VPN.

Shortcuts: New feature for use via the lock screen

Under the settings, you’ll find another switch in Android 11. This allows you to use the shortcut for volume control directly from the locking screen. After the volume buttons are pressed for three seconds, the access function can be started.

File application swap: AOSP is superseded by Google Files

You can still access the old file application via Settings -> Storage, but in general it seems as if Google wants to slowly replace it from Google Files. For example, a new option- “Other Storage” has popped up on Google Files. With this, you can access cloud storage providers such as Google Drive.

“Advanced connectivity” possible via new switches

Xdadevelopers took a closer look at the new Android 11 Preview and discovered a new switch in the developer options. This is probably responsible for activating “Advanced Connectivity”. But the Android professionals can’t say exactly what the switch is all about.

“HD Audio” now gets switch for Bluetooth audio

Google has also worked in the audio sector. In addition to the mentioned “connectivity” switch, the update also includes an “HD audio” switch for Bluetooth audio. Use the switch to determine which Bluetooth audio codec is used. The codec setting is switched off on SBC; if you turn it back on, the codec will be switched to AAC for higher quality.

New display adjustment for “waterfall” and “punch hole” displays

How display features such as “waterfall optics” or cut-outs for the selfie camera affect apps can now be simulated on Android. This is useful for developers who need to adapt their apps to different types of displays.

Android 11: When will it appear?

Android 10 was released in September 2019 and currently the latest version is available on most smartphones. We don’t have a safe release date for Android 11 yet.

At the Google I/O developer conference in May, some of the features of Android 11 are expected to be streamed live. After that, Google will begin to release the first public beta version of the next android version – most likely (only) for its own pixel series smartphones. After a few more beta versions, the final Android 11 – if you look at the release dates of the previous versions – will probably be officially released between August and September.

So, the beta of Android 11 is expected to be only available for Google’s own smartphones for the first time, so Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

App storage protected, Bluetooth active in flight mode, finally multi-screen screenshots/ © AndroidPIT

Android 11: More expected features

Of course, only the final version of Android 11 will reveal all the features, but some features have already been leaked.

Scoped Storage

It was supposed to be sharpened on Android 10, but was then removed from the current version during the beta tests: Scoped Storage. With the new feature, each app should be able to have its own storage area protected from other apps (the sandbox). Access to the general device memory is also restricted. So far, in principle, any app can access the storage of another app and, in the worst case, access data. With Scoped Storage, this should be a thing of the past, and Android would move a little towards the iPhone operating system and its restrictions.

Bluetooth in flight mode

How read in the XDA Developer Forum is, there should be an indication in the source code of Android 11 (presumably a very early non-public beta) that Bluetooth remains active when you enable the airmode. For many, this may not be the burner, but when I imagine that I can continue to listen to music without interruption – via my Bluetooth headphones – as soon as I turn on the flight mode, I am at least satisfied. Here, too, Google would be a little closer to the operating system of the iPhone.

Previously, flight mode and Bluetooth also worked in parallel, but activating the flight mode also turned off Bluetooth, which had to be activated manually. So the solution is more of a usability thing.

Scrollable Screenshots

With a tweet, Google employee Dave Burke draws attention to another possible feature, a (finally) improved screenshot function: Scrollable Screenshots. If you want to have a WhatsApp chat history as a screenshot and it goes over several pages/screens, then you have to take a new screenshot each time or resort to alternative apps. If google engineer Burke and his team can save the new feature into the final realease of Android 11, then this will be possible in the future with on-board equipment. Finally and thank you!

Android 11: What we want

Android Beam is dead, long live Android Beam 2.0

In general, we want a working, secure and nimble Android with the most important features on board. Some things seem to become more restrictive in the future and some more comfortable and a practical wish we also have: Android Beam, come back!

With Android Beam, you could Previous Android versions between two devices with NFC (Near Field Communication) and Bluetooth quickly exchange data – smartphone snuggles smartphone to visualize it.

Even if Android Beam was buried by Google, a new version would be appropriate. When I look at Apple’s competition with AirDrop, I’m a bit envious of how easy it is to quickly exchange a photo or contact between two iPhones (and via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth).

What do you want or what do you expect from Android 11? Write it to us in the comments!

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