Google has announced Android 11 beta is now available for download, after delaying the release due to racial injustice protests over the death of George Floyd in the U.S.
Android 11 beta brings new ways to communicate, with all conversation apps moving into a dedicated area within the notification section. Also new are Bubbles, which lets users continue conversations without jumping back and forth between apps. Gboard in Android 11 will also bring automatic suggestions for emoji and text as well.
To control your connected devices, Android 11 now lets users long press the power button to control smart devices, to go with new media controls.
When it comes to privacy, Google says Android 11 has more granular controls over what apps can use when it comes to microphones, cameras, and location services. An ‘auto reset’ feature will remove permissions from apps that have not been accessed “for an extended period of time”.
According to Google more features about the beta can be read here, while Android 11 beta is available on Pixel 2, 3, 3a, or 4 devices.
The release of Android 11 Beta comes ahead of Apple’s WWDC, set to launch virtually on June 22, where many expect to see the next preview of iOS 14 and more.