Considering Android 11: what's new for us Google

Google surprised with the February release of the developer preview of Android 11, intended for developers. The introduction of the so-called Android R was expected in March, but it seems that developers want to know about the upcoming changes in the operating system earlier - they are primarily concerned with them. User innovations in Android 11 are still much less.

As for the UI or user interface, the next version of Android does not seem to bring many innovations to it, and subtle changes will not be obvious at first glance. Last year, major visual changes in Android 10 were enough, and Google usually does not change the UI for two years in a row.

From the above-you can still switch between gesture controls and the three familiar buttons.

New features

Judging by the preview, Android 11 does not look like a revolutionary change yet, but there are a few features that should be particularly noted.

The first and most notable feature is the built-in screen recording provided in the quick settings. All you have to do is just tap the switch in the Quick settings menu and the screen recording starts. For now, there is a small bug in this feature: if you take a screenshot, the screen recording notification will disappear, which means that you will have to go back to the quick settings when you need to disable it.

Also, Android 11 has a hidden checkbox that shows the screenshot menu. It provides an extension function, which will probably become the ability to take scroll screenshots. It is not working yet, but it will probably be launched soon.

In Android 11, you will also be able to contextually enable the dark theme depending on the time of day. This feature has been used for a long time on Samsung devices and finally got to the stock version of Android.

One of the most useful new features is the ability to pin apps to the share menu. After a long click on the app icon, you select the " Pin " option - so it will be permanently placed at the top of the sharing menu. This doesn't work with all apps yet, but it does work with Chrome, for example.

It looks like the Bubbles feature announced in Android 10 is finally working. You need to enable it in the developer settings, and then long-click on the notification to enable it. While it works with bugs, but hopefully by the time of release, they will be eliminated.

Hidden options

Often, many changes in Android are not obvious. The first hidden change was native support for some modern technologies-this applies to phones with folding screens, 5G communication and the ability to shoot low latency video with low latency for streaming services.

In addition, we were pleased with the new API, which helps to prevent distortion of application elements on the screen in the case of curved displays-waterfalls, slotted cameras, and so on.

Another change is the ability to use Bluetooth in flight mode. Previously, flight mode had a general effect and turned off everything in your phone. Now it disables all connections as before, but if you use Bluetooth headphones connected via A2DP, Android will only disable WiFi and mobile communication without touching Bluetooth.

< /p>Android 11 will finally fix the problem of sounds and vibrations that occur when you receive a notification when taking photos and recording videos. Now you can enable the "Do not Disturb" mode for the camera. But the API is also available, which means that this feature will also work in third-party camera apps.

Previously, you could digitize and store credit and discount cards on your phone, now Android 11 will allow you to do the same with a driver's license.

In addition, the display of the refresh rate of the screen is provided. This is available in the developer settings and allows you to see at what frequency - 60, 90, or 120 Hz-your screen is working. Of course, this only makes sense on displays with a high refresh rate, but it can be interesting for gamers.

Improvements also affected the existing API, plus, it is now possible to update 12 new Project Mainline modules directly through Google Play. More information about this can be found on the developers ' website.

Privacy and Security

The Android security system gets a few innovations this year, but, basically, it is based on what was laid down in version 10. For example, the idea of Scoped Storage (limited access to the internal memory of the phone for applications) appeared last year. Now it will become a mandatory requirement.

Another change concerns the permission system. Last year, Google added the ability to grant permissions only while using the app. In Android 11, it is now possible to grant permission once. This includes access to the camera, microphone, and location.

Another little trick. Applications request the same permission over and over again. In previous versions of Android, you could check the box to no longer display this request. In Android 11, after two rejections, the system automatically assumes that you will never want to give this app permissions again, so there will be no more requests.

In addition, Android 11 severely restricts background app requests for your location. Now applications will have to prove that the request for your location in the background is really justified, otherwise they will not get into the Google Play Market.

General impressions of the beta version for Android 11 developers are not bad. Google has strengthened the weaknesses of Android 10, added a few additional useful features, but most of the changes are hidden and intended exclusively for developers. The expected and long-standing traditional Easter egg was not found this time. But this is only a preview version, which means that everything is still ahead.