Android 11 developer preview first look


– Android 11 is here. It’s the next version of Android. and Google’s releasing a
super early preview of it for developers this year. Now, the changes here are
really developer facing, there’s not a lot of
stuff 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 preview
for developers only. And I mean, really, like even
more so than other years, you can only install
on a pixel 2,3,3A or 4, or the XL versions. And to install it, need a
completely 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 a
spare pixel lying around, you can install the Android
11 developer preview today. And there’s still not
a whole lot of stuff. Again, all the big cool, exciting changes are probably gonna come at
Google 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 similar
feature 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 level
thing that in theory any messaging app can use, right now the only app that actually uses it is
Google’s own messaging app. But in theory, all your
favorite messaging apps should be able to use
it in all works together in this single floating, bubbly pop up. And then you can get to
those messages from anywhere. Using the features actually really simple. You just tap and hold on
a messaging notification. And there’s a center bubble thing that sends it to a bubble. And if you’re using the
Android 10 betas Actually, this probably should
sound pretty familiar, ’cause it debuted there and
then 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 conversation
area the notification shade, which breaks out your messages from all your other notifications like Instagram likes and emails and puts them up on top
of the notification area. The idea here is that it’s
easier to find than continue the conversations you’re
having 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 taking
a page from iOS, book. And it’s actually super important. Well, Google’s letting you do now is now when an app asks if
you 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 it
permission that just one time. So if you know, wanna send
a picture using an app, but don’t want that app to
have 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’ve
been burned on this before, but it’s here now and Android 11 beta, there’s a screen recording UI lets you just natively
record 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 to
wait and see Fingers crossed. There’s also a couple smaller features. dark mode now has automated settings, you can set it to turn
on 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 your
hand over your phone to start and stop your music. There’s a new touchscreen
sensitivity option, again, only on the pixel four so far, that claims that will make
your touchscreen more sensitive and work better when you
have a screen protector on also returning I should say
is the ability to pin apps, the top of the share sheet, which is something that
people 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 the
ones you actually want, like you know, messages
and 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 an
unlimited data connection before burdens through your
whole data plan with, you know, giant 5G data usage. There’s also better
support for scoped storage where Android puts apps
in their own little bins where they can’t interact as much. It’s actually pretty similar to iOS. Now, Google introduced this
last year with Android 10. But it’s making a much bigger
push on this this year. And it’s the sort of thing
that 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 screens
like foldable displays, pinhole displays, waterfall
displays, weird edges. Look, Android phones are
getting 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 promising
an OS level support for shaking stuck authentication which should make it
easier to avoid spam calls. It’s working on improving
low latency video streaming for game streaming services
like Google’s project stadia. It’s also promising things
like project mainline, which lets Google update
parts of the Android OS through the Play Store without having to roll out giant software
updates like Android 11. Now, again, this is all
really, really early stuff, there’s obviously going
to 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 groundwork
for 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 better
phones for you in the future. And that’s really exciting. Obviously, again, this is super early, and we’ll have lots more in
Android 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. Thanks so much for watching. This is the Android 11 logo. They’re turning it up
to 11 it’s very cute. You got it. I got it. They got it. I missed the dessert names. Where’s the dessert names Google. Like and subscribe to
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100 comments

  1. It seems to be a nice update – but Google should do something about being upgradable. It seems half of the phones are still on Android 8, quarter on 9 and only a part on 10… but there ist Android 11 on the corner.

  2. Most of this fiture is available on MIUI. Even MIUI 9 is available with screen recording natively. lol.

    *the up to dated Miui version is MIUI 11

  3. Google OS is so fragmented it’s pathetic! They literally wanna do EVERYTHING yet only ever does 2 things well search and maps… the rest of their projects failed and gets shut down by THEM 😂😂😂

  4. Actually, other apps can use the bubble feature like Discord. I saw an another video demonstrating Android 11 and the bubble feature had Discord, it even loaded the server image.

  5. All of them are already available in xiaomi MIUI 11. Haha no new feature for me…Already using Android 11 for 3 months in Xiaomi MI 9T Pro. (Although It's Android 10 but all that android 11 features are already available in MIUI 11) Nothing New…Boring…😏

  6. Wow Android 11 that's fantastic! There's only one issue 80% of smartphones are in Android pie. Including my Android one mi a2 lite with should have received Android 10 by December and it would be late. We are in the end of February and nothing. F y Google

  7. better support for foldables? aha. Probably just as good as a "support" as for Android tablets, right? We're still talking about Google here.

  8. Most of these are already present on Galaxy One UI 2 of An 10 and I am already a big fan of in my Galaxy S 10 ( Wow its such a wonderful device …trust me )…..Google is copying from Samsung now…Hard core fan of Samsung from Galaxy S2 onwards…

  9. its funny,all these feature are already on Galaxy S9-S20 that have Android 10(screen recording,permissions,Dark theme time setting,etc)

  10. What do you mean bubbles didn't make it to 10? My calls is becoming a bubble and i can browse other apps and get back to call controls by clicking on a bubble. So it is there, in limited fashion, but still.

  11. Android 12 will be more like One UI 3.0 which will also be released way before Android 12 official release. What am I talking about? Truth!!!

  12. Why did the dessert names have to go? 😭
    Loved all the guessing that came with them – why did you take this from us Google?

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