Available on Pixel devices.
After accidentally leaking details last week, Google has officially rolled out the first Developer Preview of Android 11. This will mark the fifth year where Google has started releasing early previews of the next major Android update, though based on past releases that happened mid-March the late February release is early.
Google made it clear that this is not considered a beta, and is meant for users and developers who want to try out the new functionalities of Android 11. Just in case you’re curious to try it out, make sure to try it on a spare smartphone that’s not your daily driver.
More details about the Android 11 Developer Preview can be found here.
Google also added that the Android 11 Developer Preview will be available for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL. Unlike last year, no third-party Android devices are supported though that could change when a more stable version is released.
Some notable changes include:
- 5G support
- Support for more display types
- Dedicated chat bubbles
- One-time permissions for apps
- Improved biometric security
- Screen recorder now included
- Bluetooth headphones won’t disconnect when Airplane Mode is turned on
Much of the changes are under the hood, but more features including visual changes could be added in the next few months.
Android 11 should release around the third quarter of this year, with a sneak peek happening during Google’s I/O event happening in May.