Hi everyone Abhay kumar here from Tech info Diaries. Android 11 beta 1 was released to anyone that has a device which is compatible. Pixel 2, pixel 2XL, pixel 3, pixel 3XL, pixel 3A, pixel 3A XL, pixel 4, pixel 4XL currently these are the only supported beta devices. And if you have one of those you can download it pretty easily. It was about 293 megabytes to download if you’re going to install it yourself using a computer it will be about 2 gigabytes.
Now let’s take a look at the build number and then we’ll take a look at everything new the build number as you can see it says 11 and then RPB1.200504.018. This particular update has some new features in it compared to the developer previews that were out before it. Now I covered most of those previews and if you haven’t seen those there’s a bunch of little details covered in each one of those I’m going to cover the major changes. Now if you want to try this for yourself just be warned that it may have stability battery or performance issues and they particularly warn against anyone that’s using accessibility because some of those features may not work.
New Style and Wallpapers:
Now with this update the first thing they’ve changed is they’ve updated it with a bunch of different changes under styles and wallpapers so if you go to style and maybe you want to create a new style or a custom style you can do that well. There are some new options and there’s a bunch of new shapes as well. So if you don’t want your icons to be round you want them to be sort of a square or any of these other shapes you can do that and then you can customize everything else if that’s what you want so you have that option as well so that’s really nice.
They’ve also updated dark mode on particular devices. I wanted to tell you that there is a new menu where you can turn dark mode on based off sunrise to sunset. Also when you are in that dark mode they’ve updated the menus as well. When you are in settings, settings icons have been updated they look awesome.
Next feature is media resumption option and they have to be turned on in developer options but maybe you have Google Play Music or switched over to YouTube music or maybe you’re using Spotify. It will show up with media resumption and if you have that option turned on, just search for it in your settings. You can now pick which device you want to send the audio to just by tapping on the table button at the top. So again if we go up here we can tap phone and it will pop up the same is true. If we go over to say what’s playing on YouTube you can do the same thing pick where you want the odd to go. So it’s a really nice option it’s in the top and it’s in media resumption like I said now some people are actually seeing it on the lock screen with media resumption as well. I’m not seeing this you’ll see it just shows what it is and then it unlocks quickly.
Another thing is they’ve categorized notifications. So I can tell you, now we have some new sections. We have our conversations as they’re calling it although sometimes it’s labelled, sometimes it’s not then we also have alerting notifications. And then silent notifications and so you have the see sections now and you can select what you’d like to do with them. So if we press and hold or long press we can now make this a priority and it will show on top either as a conversation or a bubble which we’re not seeing bubbles just yet.
If we go into our settings then you see that we have bubbles. And we can turn bubbles on or off or make this a conversation. We have some new options for how to handle this. Now this will work within other messaging apps as well. If you’ve ever used facebook Messenger you’ll have this option for a bubble and this is what the bubbles look like if you have bubbles turned on for your different messaging apps. And now developers will need to enable this allow it to work properly and then you’ll be able to move the bubble around. If someone messages you it will just pop it as a bubble and if you want to dismiss it. You can just dismiss it like that it’s a nice new feature that will be there hopefully once it’s launched.
Now there is another option as well you’ll see that you have a screen record and if you hit screen record you can record audio and show touches on the screen. If you’re recording that screen recording so you have to turn this on, tap start and now you’ll see that it shows touches.
New controls of power button:
Now there is some new controls when you hold the power button and you’ll see that you have emergency at the top, power off, restart. You can also add your card for Google pay and also you have controls for home so. For example if you got my home controls built in. You can also have home controls anything linked to home itself. If you tap on backyard it takes a second to connects and then it will show you my backyard and there is not much to see but it shows you that in real time.
It is a really nice way to do that within the power menu you may have noticed that screenshots is no longer there and if you want a screenshot something they’ve moved that to recents or multitasking. So if you swipe up here maybe you want to take a screenshot you take a screenshot. And now you have the option to share or edit. If you tap on the screenshot you can edit it and this is very similar to iOS.
So it is a nice little way to quickly select something and then of course we can just share anything here with anything suggestion so it’s a really nice way to do that very simple and intuitive now there area few more things they’ve changed when it comes to permissions and permissions has been updated so that it allows you to set one-time permissions for example if I open this app for the first time it’s a GPS app and it says do you want to allow it to use your location so you can say when using the app only this time deny and you can also go into the permission settings and have it ask you every time now if you hit deny multiple times and it recognizes that Android will prevent this app from actually asking you if you want to use the location over and over so it’s a nice way to do that and keeps it more secure.
It is really nice to see that they’re updating privacy now. They’ve updated core OS components and what that means is it can now update through Google Play services and systems. So that it updates particular parts of the components of the operating system in fact twelve new modules to keep everything up to date and secure. So we should see more updates seamlessly brought through Google Play services and you won’t necessarily need a full system update and that is everything new in Android 11 beta 1.