Google Releases Android 11 Developer Preview for Pixel Devices

Yolanda Curtis
February 20, 2020

System images for the first Android 11 Developer Preview are out now, and they can be downloaded on the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and the Pixel 4.

Using the developer preview though, even for a short time, will give you a good idea of some of the goodies to expect when the full version is release later this year. As far as what's new in this release, this first Android 11 Developer Preview brings enhancements to connectivity APIs to lets users take advantage of 5G speeds.

Google said a public beta will arrive in May, or around Google I/O 2020, so everyday users will get a chance to test Android 11, too. Following the initial preview release, there will be two more Developer Previews. Also, Android 11 introduces a new dedicated conversations section in the notification shade, bubbles, and the option to insert images into notification replies.

Google says Android 11 is extending its support for a wider array of displays, specifically providing tools for developers to tailor their apps to better fit on pinhole and waterfall screens.

But you don't have to wait for Android 11 to take control of your device storage.

There's also a bandwidth estimator API that makes it easy for devs to figure out how much downstream/upstream bandwidth is available, without the app needing to poll itself or compute its own estimate. If you want to get in on Android 11 right now, you need to flash a factory image or OTA file. Of course, since this is a very early Android 11 release, there's a huge list of known issues that you should be aware of if you intend to use this build. Do not attempt this if you don't feel comfortable using Recovery Mode and ADB, or having things randomly not work.

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