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Android 11 Beta 1: Here are all of the new features

Google has officially released the Android 11 Beta 1. This new beta software comes with new features, customizations, UI advancements, and system optimizations for better user experience.

Google’s Android 11 themed on three key areas such as simplifying communication features, allowing quick access to all smart connected devices and giving users more control over their privacy.

Let’s check the features in more detail:

Android 11 Beta

People-Centric:

Android 11 is more people-centric and expressive, reimagining the way we have conversations on our phones, and building an OS that can recognize and prioritize the most important people in your life:

  • Conversation notifications appear in a dedicated section at the top of the shade, with a people-forward design and conversation specific actions, such as opening the conversation as a bubble, creating a conversation shortcut on the home screen, or setting a reminder.
  • Bubbles help users to keep conversations in view and accessible while multitasking. Messaging and chat apps should use the Bubbles API on notifications to enable this in Android 11.
  • Consolidated keyboard suggestions let Autofill apps and Input Method https://developer.android.com/preview/overview#timeline Editors (IMEs) securely offer context-specific entities and strings directly in an IME’s suggestion strip, where they are most convenient for users.
  • Voice Access, for people who control their phone entirely by voice, now includes an on-device visual cortex that understands screen content and context and generates labels and access points for accessibility commands.
Android 11 notification priority

Android 11 notification priority

Controls:

The latest release of Android can now help you can quickly get to all of your smart devices and control them in one space:

  • Device Controls make it faster and easier than ever for users to access and control their connected devices. Now, by simply long pressing the power button, they’re able to bring up device controls instantly, and in one place. Apps can use a new API to appear in the controls.
  • Media Controls make it quick and convenient for users to switch the output device for their audio or video content, whether it be headphones, speakers, or even their TV. You can enable this today from Developer Options, and it will be on by default in an upcoming Beta release.

More Privacy Feature: 

In Android 11, Google is giving users, even more, control over sensitive permissions and working to keep devices more secure through faster updates.

  • One-time permission lets users give an app access to the device microphone, camera, or location, just that one time. The app can request permissions again the next time the app is used.
  • Permissions auto-reset: if users haven’t used an app for an extended period of time, Android 11 will “auto-reset” all of the runtime permissions associated with the app and notify the user. The app can request the permissions again the next time the app is used.
  • Background location: In February, Google announced developers will need to get approval to access background location in their app to prevent misuse. Google giving developers more time to make changes and won’t be enforcing the policy for existing apps until 2021.
  • Google Play System Updates, launched last year, lets us expedite updates of core OS components to devices in the Android ecosystem. In Android 11, Google more than doubled the number of updatable modules, and those 12 new modules will help improve privacy, security, and consistency for users and developers.
Android 11 New Privacy Control

New Privacy Control

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