Google has been testing the latest Android 11 Developer Preview for a couple of months now. The first public beta was supposed to be announced on June 3, 2020 along with the Pixel 4a launch. However, due to some reasons the launch was delayed along with the Android 11 release too. While we may not see Pixel 4a sooner, there’s good news for all the Android enthusiasts. Google just now released the first public beta build of Android 11 for the Pixel series phones. This includes the Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, or 4 devices.
Android 11 features better user privacy protections, advanced app permissions, speech balloon Bubbles, Bubbles API, new Pixel Launcher, Pinhole, waterfall screens support, camera native image decoder and new camera features, up pointing backhand index Biometrics, support for 5G and Foldable phones. You can read about all the detailed changes from Android’s blogpost from today.
We already had the Android 11 GSI build for Treble enabled devices. The GSI (generic system images) comes officially from Google as well as unofficial builds from Efran GSI developer. These GSI builds have also been updated to the latest Pixel GSI. So now you can update your Project Treble enabled Android device to v11.
GSI, if you don’t already know, are generic Android OS builds that can be flashed onto any Project Treble enabled devices. This is especially useful if you are looking forward to manually updating your phone to the latest Android firmware update. You can read more about Project Treble and Android GSI online for a more detailed info.
As for the official Android 11 public build goes, Reddit user simplefilmreviews found the following new changes in the public Beta 1 from the previous developer preview 4:
- Keyboard animation seems smooth and less janky/jerky
- Bubbles officially introduced with multitasking functionalities (turn apps into bubbles)
- Notification panel is way more concise now
- More background restrictions for better battery life
- New multitasking window
- Screenshotting finally gets a big update, long over due
Here is the full review and top new features of Android 11 from The Verge:
Download Android 11 for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, or 4 devices
Here you will find how to update your Google Pixel device to Android 11. So if you have an eligible device, then register for the Android 11 beta program and you will receive an OTA update notification.
Alternatively, download Android 11 OTA images
|Google device||File name|
|Pixel 2 XL||taimen-ota-rpb1.200504.018-957e3438.zip|
|Pixel 3 XL||crosshatch-ota-rpb1.200504.018-583bcf31.zip|
|Pixel 3a XL||bonito-ota-rpb1.200504.018-679a660c.zip|
|Pixel 4 XL||coral-ota-rpb1.200504.018-5c69663b.zip|
- Download Android 11 OTA Images (Official Android website)
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