Google releases the first Android 11 Developer Preview

The Android 11 preview has appeared. (Source: Google)
The Android 11 preview has appeared. (Source: Google)
Google has made the Developer Preview page for the next version of Android live. This build is now available to download onto certain devices, Pixel phones included. It exhibits changes such as new security measures, privacy safeguards and electronic ID support.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Following a brief false start last week, the first Android 11 Developer Preview is now available to install. It can be officially downloaded onto Pixel devices - with the exception of their first generation - as well as other phones that support Project Treble. They can be used to gain a very early insight into what the upgrade for the current latest mobile OS will bring.

Most of these changes appear to revolve around privacy and security. For example, it may support electronic national and regional IDs - passports and driver licenses included - that Google referenced at the last I/O conference.

In addition, Developer Preview 1 has added "weak" software-based facial recognition to its BiometricPrompt API. This means developers can use this form of authentication in apps that don't need particularly strong security.

This preliminary version of Android 11 also boasts new APIs or API versions related to 5G, sharing, foldable device support and neural networks. Therefore, app-makers may get an advance idea of how their products work with this new OS - so long as they have a compatible device. Alternatively, this preview also works on the Android Studio emulator.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02-19 (Update: 2020-02-19)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.