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Google’s Android 11 Beta rolls out with these key features

Android 11 Beta is now officially available for select users. As expected, the new iteration of Android 11 comes with a variety of new features. Here’s a brief overview.

Here's what's new in Android 11 
Here's what's new in Android 11  (Google)

Google has finally announced the launch of Android 11 public beta. Instead of holding an online event, the company has shared a bunch of online resources and videos on the latest iteration of Android 11.

Google’s Android 11 Beta is compatible with its Pixel smartphones for now. This includes Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL. Google is likely to announce the availability of the public beta on non-Google phones as well, as it did with the Android Q beta update last year.

According to Google, Android 11’s first public beta focuses on three key themes – People, Controls, and Privacy.

“…we’re making Android 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,” said the company in a blog post.

This includes new “conversation notifications”, “chat bubbles”, and improved keyboard experience.

For the Controls part, Google has introduced new ways to manage connected device and media. Users get a more intuitive dashboard to easily connect and manage connected devices (IoT). For media controls, it has new controls to make it easier to switch the device as well as stream the music to the secondary device such as headphones, speakers and smart TV.

Google’s Android 11 Beta has many new privacy features. One of the highlights is giving more granular access to an application. For instance, you can grant an app access to your camera, location or microphone just one time. Next time you use the app, it will have to ask for permission for those sensors again. Android 11 will also auto-reset permissions for applications that haven’t been used by a user for an extended period.

“Android 11 brings many more features to your smartphone, like screen recorder, updated Voice Access, improved performance, and an improved share menu that makes it easier to share content from your phone. You can find many of these features in Beta, available on Pixel 2+ phones today and other devices in the coming weeks,” said the company in the blog post.