Google Rolls out First Developer Preview of Android 11

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Android 11 is out now. Google has released the first developer preview of the upcoming Android version “Android 11”. The developers can now download and test the developer preview of Android 11. The update is now available as system images for Google’s own Pixel devices, starting with the Pixel 2.

Google VP of Engineering Dave Burke said, “With Android 11 we’re keeping our focus on helping users take advantage of the latest innovations while continuing to keep privacy and security a top priority. We’ve added multiple new features to help users manage access to sensitive data and files, and we’ve hardened critical areas of the platform to keep the OS resilient and secure. For developers, Android 11 has a ton of new capabilities for your apps, like enhancements for foldable and 5G, call-screening APIs, new media and camera capabilities, machine learning, and more.”

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Google has announced that system images, as well as the GSI files fo the developer preview, are now available to download for the Pixel 4, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3, and Pixel 2. Google has made sure that the preview has been strictly built for the developers for the purpose of testing. It will be not suitable for regular users.

Android 11 release schedule

Here’s the complete release timeline for Android 11 builds revealed by Google

Android 11 Developer Preview 1: February
Android 11 Developer Preview 2: March
Android 11 Developer Preview 3: April
Android 11 Beta 1: May
Android 11 Beta 2: June
Android 11 Beta 3: Q3 2020
Android 11 final build: Q3 2020

Android 11 is expected to introduce a new one-time permission feature that will let users grant temporary permissions to apps for accessing their location, mic, or camera. However, it is expected that Android 11 will bring many amazing and interesting features to the new version of OS.

The first developer preview has been rolled out about a month before than previous releases. So it clearly indicates that Google is giving itself a bit more extra time to get the OS ready for a wider launch.