– Android 11 is here.
It's the next version of Android.
and Google's releasing asuper early preview of it for developers this year.
Now, the changes here arereally developer facing, there's not a lot ofstuff you're gonna see if you're a user.
But Google's making some big promises.
We've got support for 5G, better foldable phone support, new improved privacy and storage stuff.
One thing to keep in mind, this is really a previewfor developers only.
And I mean, really, like evenmore so than other years, you can only installon a pixel 2, 3, 3A or 4, or the XL versions.
And to install it, need acompletely new gear device.
Just don't do it, guys, just don't trust me on this.
But if you are a developer, or you're like us, and you happen to have aspare pixel lying around, you can install the Android11 developer preview today.
And there's still nota whole lot of stuff.
Again, all the big cool, exciting changes are probably gonna come atGoogle IO later this year.
There are a couple cool things.
So let's dive into them.
(soft music) first is bubbles.
Now, it's a pretty similarfeature to Facebook messengers chat heads feature where, you know, puts the head of the person and they're floating over the screen.
This is a system levelthing that in theory any messaging app can use, right now the only app that actually uses it isGoogle's own messaging app.
But in theory, all yourfavorite messaging apps should be able to useit in all works together in this single floating, bubbly pop up.
And then you can get tothose messages from anywhere.
Using the features actually really simple.
You just tap and hold ona messaging notification.
And there's a center bubble thing that sends it to a bubble.
And if you're using theAndroid 10 betas Actually, this probably shouldsound pretty familiar, 'cause it debuted there andthen didn't make the final cut.
Anyway, it's pure now in Android 11.
Hopefully, it'll actually ship this time to go along with bubbles.
There's the new conversationarea the notification shade, which breaks out your messages from all your other notifications like Instagram likes and emails and puts them up on topof the notification area.
The idea here is that it'seasier to find than continue the conversations you'rehaving with people because it's a phone.
And that's what phones are for.
Next up, better application permissions.
Now, this sounds boring, I know.
But it's actually takinga page from iOS, book.
And it's actually super important.
Well, Google's letting you do now is now when an app asks ifyou can use your microphone or your camera or your location data.
Instead of having two choices, either know, or have it always, there's now a third option.
Where you can just give itpermission that just one time.
So if you know, wanna senda picture using an app, but don't want that app tohave access to your camera until the end of time.
That's what this is for.
(soft music) screen recording.
Okay, so if you've been using Android, especially the betas we'vebeen burned on this before, but it's here now and Android 11 beta, there's a screen recording UI lets you just nativelyrecord your screen on Android It has a much better user interface.
This time, it looks much nicer.
And hopefully Google will actually, you know, ship it this time.
But again, we'll have towait and see Fingers crossed.
There's also a couple smaller features.
dark mode now has automated settings, you can set it to turnon and off at set times as opposed to having it you know, via manual process the soli gestures on the pixel four have a new one where you can wave yourhand over your phone to start and stop your music.
There's a new touchscreensensitivity option, again, only on the pixel four so far, that claims that will makeyour touchscreen more sensitive and work better when youhave a screen protector on also returning I should sayis the ability to pin apps, the top of the share sheet, which is something thatpeople been asking me for a long time.
Now when you're sharing something, instead of just showing you all the apps that you have installed on your phone that you can send it to, you can just pin theones you actually want, like you know, messagesand email right on top.
Now, this being a developer beta, there's a bunch of stuff that we can't really show you yet either because it's too abstract for us to show on the phone.
Or because it's just not done yet, Google's promising 5G improvements, like the ability for apps to figure out if your phone really has anunlimited data connection before burdens through yourwhole data plan with, you know, giant 5G data usage.
There's also bettersupport for scoped storage where Android puts appsin their own little bins where they can't interact as much.
It's actually pretty similar to iOS.
Now, Google introduced thislast year with Android 10.
But it's making a much biggerpush on this this year.
And it's the sort of thingthat will improve security.
Google's also going to add a feature for if you want to turn that off, they'll be able to in some cases, again, this is more of a developer thing, but your apps will be more secure in things that you might actually notice.
There's also going to be better support for new types of screenslike foldable displays, pinhole displays, waterfalldisplays, weird edges.
Look, Android phones aregetting really interesting and really wacky, cool, new designs, and Google's going to make sure that Android works with all of them, which is great.
Google's also promisingan OS level support for shaking stuck authentication which should make iteasier to avoid spam calls.
It's working on improvinglow latency video streaming for game streaming serviceslike Google's project stadia.
It's also promising thingslike project mainline, which lets Google updateparts of the Android OS through the Play Store without having to roll out giant softwareupdates like Android 11.
Now, again, this is allreally, really early stuff, there's obviously goingto be much bigger features that Google have for us later.
And some of these features are even already available right now, if you have, you know, Samsung, or Motorola phones.
But what's important here that Google's laying the groundworkfor the future of Android, when it bakes these features into the OS on level like this.
It's setting the bar for developers, both software and hardware to build better and betterphones for you in the future.
And that's really exciting.
Obviously, again, this is super early, and we'll have lots more inAndroid 11 in the coming days, weeks and months as Google continues to roll out betas and makes more announcements, but until then, stay tuned to the verge.
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