In a strange turn of events, Google has released a developer preview for Android 11 earlier than ever before, and it comes with a few features iPhone users will be all too familiar with. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most notable features you can expect to see on Android 11.
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Android 11 will see an improvement to the permissions options within apps. This means the Android OS will now give users the option to grant one-time location access to apps, similar to Apple’s “Allow Once” option. This feature will be available for applications that make use of your location, microphone, and camera.
Taking a page out of Facebook’s Messenger app, Android 11 now includes ‘Chat Bubbles’. These act as floating chat bubbles that appear on top of either existing apps or your home screen, giving you the ability to continue a conversation without having to open the app time after time. Currently, this feature only works with Googles own messaging application, but in the future, it could be intergraded to work with applications like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram.
Sticking with the messaging category, Android 11 now breaks up your message notifications into their own areas ahead of your other notifications, with the intention of making messaging more accessible.
Possibly the most welcomed feature Android 11 has to offer is the ability natively screen record without having to download a third-party application. Google teased this feature in last years Android 10 beta, but it failed to make its way to the final version. Other than a custom user interface, screen recording does exactly what it says ‘on the box.’ It records your screen.
Other notable features include
–Improved support for folding, waterfall, and pinhole displays
–Improved privacy and security
–Automated dark mode toggles
Note that developer preview for Android 11 is an early version of what the final product might look like its when it’s officially released later on this year during Google IO 2020, which will run May 12-14.
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