Android 11 developer preview now available
- Google has revealed the developer preview 1 of the upcoming Android 11, the stable version of which, as always, be out in Q3 this year.
- Android 11 brings updated connectivity APIs for 5G support so that developers can properly utilise improved speeds. Developers will be able to check if a connection is unmetered and accordingly offer higher quality or resolution on the app.
- The new version gets native support for hole punch and waterfall screens, and therefore, brands now don’t have to put in the extra effort of adding support for these in their custom Android skins. Similarly, apps will now be able to manage such displays using the existing display cutout APIs.
- Coming to privacy, Android 11 will support new one-time permission for location, mic and camera use. So, apps have to ask for these permissions on every start up.
- There will now be a dedicated conversations section in the notifications area, much like Chat Heads on FB Messenger. There’s also image copy/ paste support baked into certain apps
- Note that these are just the highlights of Android 11 Developer’s Preview 1. Google will for sure reveal a lot more when it releases the public beta version of the software, which is at Google I/O in May.