In starting with a preview — rather than beta, the first release of Android 11 is “for developers only” and not focused on delivering user-facing changes. That said, we’ve flashed the DP1 factory images to chronicle all the new features.
Over the coming hours, we’ll dive into Android 11 DP1’s new features and every single change. (The newest updates will be at top of this list. Be sure to check back often.) Google is planning six releases over the coming months before the consumer launch in Q3 2020 to Pixel and other devices.
If you want to quickly install the Android 11 DP1 on your compatible Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL, be sure to check out our step-by-step guide.
‘Columbus’ gives Pixels double-tap gesture for Assistant and more
Media controls may move out of notification shade [Video]
You can now check what codecs your Bluetooth headphones support
Android 11’s new ‘Gabeldorsche’ Bluetooth stack was given its name for a great reason
Pixel Launcher preps ‘smart hotseat,’ Back Gesture tutorial
‘Notification history’ readies much needed log revamp
Google prepares more tweaks for Android’s gesture navigation
You can now pin up to 4 apps to the share menu
‘Battery Share’ hints at Pixel 5 w/ reverse wireless charging, ‘redfin’
Accessibility menu tweaks
The Accessibility menu in the Settings app now links to “System navigation,” while there’s a new “Real-time text (RTT)” item under Audio & on-screen text that’s not yet available (via Dylan Roussel).
Developer option to view live display refresh rate
Notification log tweaks
The Notification log Setting shortcut has changed so that a tap takes you to the Notification category/settings for the application that generated the alert. To access previous details, you can hold and press on the time in the upper-right corner.
Bug report handler preference
In Developer options, there is a new “Bug report handler” menu to determine what app is opened by the Bug Report shortcut (via Dylan Roussel).
Bluetooth stays connected when you turn on Airplane Mode
Google prepares scrolling screenshots with revamped editor [Video]
Pixel 4 gets new Motion Sense gesture and better touch sensitivity
Native Screen Recorder via Quick Settings toggle
Dark theme can now be scheduled for sunset, custom time
Notifications add ‘dedicated conversations section’ for messaging apps
New security and privacy features: One-time permissions, scoped storage, more
To start, Android 11 DP1 has a big focus on new features and other changes related to increasing user security and privacy. Be sure to check out our summary.
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