The latest version of Android, Android 11 Public Beta is out and available for some specific smartphones. In this article, we talk about how to install it, and what its best features are.
To install Android 11 you need is one of the phones listed below. We will keep the list updated as it changes.
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel 3
- Google Pixel 3 XL
- Google Pixel 3a
- Google Pixel 3a XL
- Google Pixel 4
- Google Pixel 4 XL
As it’s a beta version and might be unstable, we don’t recommend to install this on your primary smartphone. Also, make sure that you’ve taken a complete a backup of your device.
On your Pixel smartphone visit the Android beta program page and sign in with the same Google ID with which your phone is configured.
Beta program page: google.com/android/beta
After you’ve signed in, scroll down to check if your device is eligible for the new update. If it is then it will show up under your eligible devices list.
Now all you have to do is to go to Settings on your phone and check for the update manually.
Once the update is finished, restart your phone to apply the new updates.
Google says that the updates aren’t always available immediately and it might take up to 24 hours for the update to arrive for your device.
After checking the Android beta page if you still haven’t received the update, make sure that your device is connected to the Internet and then go back to settings and check for the system updates.
New features in the Android 11 Beta version
- The first and foremost thing you’ll notice in the Android 11 Beta is the new visual animations. The device wallpaper zooms whenever the notification shade is pulled down.
- Do Not Disturb has been improved. There are options that let you select who can bypass DND on your phone and contact you. Also, the app extensions let you add the apps that can interrupt during DND mode is on. Besides you also get advanced settings that let you have title control on your device when DND is turned on.
- Elements on the home screen are now darker in comparison to the old version.
- Android 11 can show multiple media playback apps at once in the notification shade.
- Android 11 also brings improved privacy controls. The system needs one-time permission. Upon selecting this, a user will temporarily give one-time permission to the app. Additionally, messaging apps on Android 11 will now get dedicated space in the notification shade under conversations.
- Not to mention Google has also introduced chat bubbles and messages which is something similar to Facebook’s implementation in messenger.