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  1. Pixel users are reporting issues with accessing the recent apps screen on Android 11 Google began rolling out Android 11 to all supported Pixel phones on September 8, bringing a bunch of new features such as message bubbles, notifications improvements, Pixel-specific additions such as Live View and Location Sharing in Maps, and much more. However, a few Pixel users that upgraded to Android 11 have begun reporting issues with the recent apps view. The issue is with the phone not responding as expected to the swipe up gesture to navigate to the task switcher. In some cases, the screen freezes for a few seconds before responding, while in others, users see a blank screen. We can confirm the lag, as one of our devices too exhibits the issue where the screen takes a brief pause before opening the recent apps screen. There are multiple other reports on Reddit that suggest that more users are seeing the delay. Users in another Reddit thread could get the recent apps view to work by restarting their devices, but it seems to be a hit and miss. Pixel owners have also taken to Google’s support forums to highlight the issue. The problem seems to be affecting people with Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 phones. The poster adds that they are unable to scroll between open apps or force shut apps without heading into the settings. While the issue does seem to be sporadic, more reports have begun flowing in the last couple of days. Another forum post entry suggested that booting into and out of safe mode fixed the issue. While Google is yet to acknowledge the issue, it will be interesting to keep an eye on the forums to see if more users begin reporting the problem. Pixel users are reporting issues with accessing the recent apps screen on Android 11
  2. When will my phone get the update to Android 11? This is an iteration of a question we get every time Google makes a major product release, especially when it comes to a new numbered version of their mobile OS. This year, the biggest update to Android devices will be delivered to a wide variety of devices – maybe more than any previous major update to Android due to the ease with which Google’s made updating devices from Android 10 to 11. What phone do I have? Phones that’ll get an Android 11 update How do I download Android 11? Open your phone or tablet’s Settings. From there, the instructions are different for each phone, but they’ll basically be something to the tune of : Settings – System – Advanced – System Update. Samsung phones make this path even easier, via: Settings – System Updates. If you do not see a software update available, you could always check to see whether your device could gain access to a Beta build. If you own a OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro, you could head over to the OnePlus Beta program page and see what you make of it. If you have a Samsung phone, you’ll need to be a part of a Developer Beta program to gain access to software builds early, or check the One UI Beta program page at Samsung. source
  3. How to use Android 11's built-in screen recorder Google released the final version of Android 11 this month to the public. Only select devices have received the update at the time of writing, but it is only a matter of time before additional devices may be upgraded to the new Android version. Android 11 includes a number of new features. We reviewed some of the changes to the application permissions system already that may remove requested permissions automatically if an application is not used for a long time. Users may now also allow one-time permissions in permission prompts for select permissions. Another new feature is native screen recording. The feature is quite hidden by default and chance is high that most Android users may overlook it. It is a basic screen recorder to capture video, with or without audio, on the device automatically. You may use it to create demo videos, record applications, web browsing, or any other activity on the device. First thing you need to do is make sure that the device uses Android 11 as its backbone. Open Settings > About Phone to get the Android version displayed to you. Note that how that is done may differ depending on the phone's manufacturer; this tutorial is based on a Google Pixel 3a device. Go back to the start screen of the device afterwards and swipe down twice to display the quick toggles interface. Tap on the edit button there to open the configuration screen for these toggles. Scroll down until you see the Screen Record tile. Tap and hold the icon and drag & drop it to the top so that it becomes available when you swipe down to bring up the quick toggles. When you want to record the screen, simply swipe down and tap on Screen Record to get started. The recording does not start right away; two options are displayed instead: Record audio -- Option to record audio using the device's microphone, device audio (sound from the device, e.g. from an app), or both. Show touches on screen -- Whether the recording should include your interactions with the screen. Hit the Start button to start the recording. You get a three-second grace period before the recording starts. You can now use the device, e.g. open applications, play a game, or browse the settings, and all that activity is recorded to the device's storage. Swipe down and tap on the recording notification to stop the recording on the device. Closing Words The new screen recording functionality is not as sophisticated as dedicated screen recording applications, but it may be sufficient for basic tasks. How to use Android 11's built-in screen recorder
  4. After months of beta testing, the final release of Android 11 is here. This latest version of Google’s operating system features quite a few exciting features for users. Here are the features you should care about. When Will My Phone Get Android 11? Google has already begun pushing Android 11 to Pixel smartphones. All Pixel devices starting from the Pixel 2 can download the over the air update right now. Go to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update and tap “Check for Update” to begin the upgrade process. In addition to the stable release for Pixel phones, several select devices from ASUS, OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, Realme, and Samsung can try the Android 11 Beta. You can check XDA-Developer’s website for more information. The stable release of Android 11 will likely hit newer high-end phones from Samsung and OnePlus first. You should expect the roll-out of Android 11 to take up to a year or longer, depending on the handset manufacturer. A New Dedicated Space for Messaging Notifications Messaging is one of the most common things people do with their smartphones, and Android 11 makes it easier to keep track of these apps. Notifications from messaging apps can appear in a new “Conversations” section in the notification shade. Android tries to identify which apps should be included in the “Conversations” section, but it’s not perfect. At the time of writing, only a few apps, including Google’s Messages app and Facebook Messenger, appear in this section. There’s also no way to manually add an app to the “Conversations” section, but you can remove them. “Chat Heads” for More Apps Justin Duino Back in 2013, Facebook Messenger introduced a feature called “Chat Heads.” Messages would appear as floating bubbles on the sides of the screen. These bubbles could expand and allow you to view and respond to a conversation on top of whatever is on your screen. Android 11 brings this same functionality to the system level. Any app can now enable chat heads-like “Bubbles.” You can turn a conversation into a “Bubble” from individual app notifications, which will keep it on top of other on-screen elements at all times. Not all messaging apps will have this feature, but it’s easier for third-party developers to support it now. Revamped Media Controls Justin Duino Android 11 includes revamped media controls, which now resides within the Quick Settings menu instead of the notification section. Compact (left), Expanded (right) Swiping down once reveals compact media controls, and swiping down again expands the interface. If you have multiple apps playing media, whether it’s music or casting a video, you can swipe between the media controls. With supported apps, you can also quickly change where the media is playing. Tapping the Google Cast icon or the location that the audio is playing on will bring up a list of devices that you switch playback to. You can easily change the player without even opening the app. Justin Duino Smart Home Controls in the Power Menu One of the most significant changes in Android 11 can be found in the power menu. This is a place where you don’t typically spend a lot of time, but now Android is putting it to good use. Long-pressing the power button will open up the new power menu. Here, you can now add shortcuts and quick switches to control your smart home devices from any app on your phone that supports the feature. Justin Duino For example, the Google Home app currently supports the feature. Any smart home devices that you’ve added to Google Home can be put in the power menu. The shortcut drastically reduces the time it takes to turn on or off smart devices and view Nest security cameras. The power menu also now shows credit and debit cards you’ve added to Google Pay. It’s unclear if this menu must be open to use NFC payments or if you still only need to unlock the device. Built-in Screen Recording Justin Duino Recording your screen is something that has required third-party apps for a long time. Finally, in Android 11, there is a built-in screen recorder. The screen recorder can be launched from the Quick Settings menu. You can choose to record audio and screen touches along with the video. If you record audio, you can even choose to record from the microphone, device audio, or both. Justin Duino Screen recordings can be very useful for showing someone how to do something or recording a bug that you’d like to report. It’s a small thing, but handy when you need it. Even Better Permission Restrictions for Apps Justin Duino Privacy is a big deal, and Google is always adding tools to help protect your personal data. Android 10 added a few important permissions options, and now Android 11 is building on that. In addition to Android 10’s “Allow only while using the app” for location access, you now can allow permission “Only This Time.” The new setting means you can allow the app to access your location, camera, or microphone one time only. The next time it wants to use those sensors, it will ask again. Google The next new permission option will protect you from apps you haven’t used in a while. Android 11 will automatically reset the granted permissions for an app you haven’t used recently. This will prevent apps from abusing permissions long after you’ve stopped using them. Google Android 11’s Easter Egg The Android 11 Easter Egg is a throwback to Android 7.0 Nougat. You can get to the Easter Egg by going to Settings > About phone > Android version and then tapping on “Android Version” quickly until the below graphic appears. Justin Duino The first part of the Easter Egg is a volume dial that stops at 10. If you take the dial from 1 to 10 three times, on the third attempt, it will go past 10 and reveal the “11” logo. The second part of the Easter Egg is where Android Nougat comes into play. Nougat included an elaborate cat-collecting game as the Easter Egg. When you take the dial to 11, you’ll see a toast notification with a cat emoji at the bottom of your screen. This begins your cat collecting journey. The next step in the game is to attract cats. This takes place in Android 11’s redesigned power menu. Long-press your phone’s power button and then tap on the three-dots above the smart home controls section. From the menu that pops up, select “Add Controls.” Here, tap the “See Other Apps” option found near the bottom of the page. You can now add “Cat Controls,” which will add shortcuts to water, feed, and play with the cats. Tap the shortcuts to fill the water bubbler and food bowl and play with a toy. After a while, a cat will appear in the notifications, and you can tap it to add to your collection. It’s a fun little game to play when you’re bored. Source: How-To Geek
  5. Android 11 phones will summon Android Auto wirelessly, no need to pull out your device Google added Android Auto’s wireless connection feature in 2018 Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto both seem pretty useful for drivers — simply plug in your phone to charge, and it’ll link up with your car’s bigger touchscreen to give you directions to your doctor’s appointment, play music from your Spotify playlist, or send a text. Google also has an easier version that lets you connect wirelessly to your car stereo without even taking your phone out of your pocket — but it was limited to Google and Samsung phones. Now, Google has quietly announced that any phone running Android 11 will be able to connect to Android Auto, cable-free. Google’s updated Android Auto support page now notes that “any smartphone with Android 11.0” will be able to connect to Android Auto wirelessly. It’s likely in addition to Google and Samsung, phones from manufacturers like LG, Motorola, and OnePlus may also receive support when Android 11 exits public beta later this year. But Android 11 support for Android Auto wireless comes with a few requirements: you need to have both a phone and Android Auto head unit that supports 5GHz Wi-Fi. If you live in Japan or Russia, you won’t have access as Google says those territories do not support Android Auto’s wireless feature. Even in the EU, there are additional requirements; Google says Android phones in the EU that use 5GHz Wi-Fi in the car must “comply with additional regulatory requirements,” but we’re not quite sure what that means for you. If the idea of going cable-free sounds appealing, you might want to consider buying a wireless charger as well — after all, your phone isn’t going to be charging while it’s streaming Android Auto from your pocket. Android 11 phones will summon Android Auto wirelessly, no need to pull out your device
  6. Android 11 will not include support for scrolling screenshots Google brought a bunch of useful new features to stock Android with Android 11’s Developer Previews and Betas, such as a native screen recording tool. The Developer Previews also brought scrolling screenshots – the ability to take longer screen captures to accommodate more content in one picture. The company originally planned on shipping the feature with Android 10 but pushed it to the next release. However, in what may be a disappointment for those that were expecting scrolling screenshot support in the final release of Android 11, the company has said that it will not be shipping the feature with this release. In an AMA session on Reddit (spotted by 9to5Google), Dan Sandler, a member of the Android Engineering team, said that the decision to not bake the feature into the update had to do with the user experience aspect. The team says that it intends for the feature to work on any app seamlessly, without being tailored to a few apps. The search giant apparently investigated the feature’s behavior throughout the development timeline for Android 11(R) and involved the system UI and window manager teams, and noticed that it was not yet ready to be shipped. The company says that thought the feature is “cool”, it does not want to rush the feature. It plans to add APIs specific to the capability in a “future API bump”. Lastly, the firm also cites “limited resources” owing to the pandemic as the reason for the “hard choices”. The ability to capture long screenshots has been present on many OEM Android skins, such as from Samsung, for a while now. While the exclusion of the feature will surely be a disappointment, especially for Pixel users, it is safe to assume that the added development timelines will yield better results for the feature. Android 11 will not include support for scrolling screenshots
  7. Android 11 launch date may have just been leaked by Google itself Updates may begin landing on September 8 (Image credit: Future) The Android 11 update has been officially launched, but Google has yet to confirm when the final version of the software will be landing on smartphones. Now, a new leak directly from the company has given us our best idea of the launch date yet. According to the leak, September 8 is possibly the date where we'll start to see Android 11 land on certain devices. The news comes from a post by Michele Turner, who is Product Management Director of the Smart Home Ecosystem division at Google. The post from Turner, for an online Smart Home summit, has a section called "checklist for September 8 Android 11 launch" Although that's not a totally official date from the company, since it's not outright confirming it, that's the best suggestion yet of a release date for Android 11. TechRadar was unable to find the exact post that was referred to in a story by Phone Arena, but that publication includes a screenshot with the exact phrasing and claims it's from Turner. A likely Android 11 date Android 10 was released on September 3, 2019, so it'd make sense for it to be around a similar sort of time of the year. September 8 is also quite close to the expected iPhone 12 announcement, and therefore may mean it can slightly beat Apple's iOS 14 update to people's devices. An exact list of phones that will be able to support Android 11 right away is currently unclear. If you have a Pixel phone, it's likely you'll be one of the first that is able to download the update and although the original Pixel devices won't get this update. Google is also expected to be introducing the Google Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 before the end of the year, so those devices may even come with Android 11 right out of the box. TechRadar has asked Google for comment on the Android 11 launch date, and we'll be sure to update this article if we hear back. Android 11 launch date may have just been leaked by Google itself
  8. Here's why your phone might not get all the best Android 11 features Reading the small print (Image credit: Future) With Android 11 rolling slowly into view, it's worth remembering that not all of the features that Google adds to its mobile operating system make it into every phone, with each manufacturer taking a slightly different approach. As XDA Developers reports, Google makes recommendations about which Android features are must-haves for third-party phone makers, and which are only optional – and an early version of those recommendations for Android 11 has just leaked out. There are three key features that manufacturers don't absolutely have to include in their own version of Android 11. The first is the selection of smart home controls that pop up with a long press on the power button, letting you quickly turn off your smart lights or whatever else. Handset makers besides Google won't have to include this – though they may well choose to do so. Alternatively, they might decide to implement their own take on the feature, with a few extra bells and whistles or a different interface. Play by the rules The second optional feature is the grouping of conversations in the notifications pull-down panel – by default, Android 11 will keep alerts from messaging apps separate from other notifications, but this approach won't be compulsory for everyone. The likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, Xiaomi and the rest often play around with how notifications work on their own versions of Android, so it's perhaps no surprise that this is one feature that's included in the optional category. Finally, the last feature that won't be a must-have is the new facility for storing identity documents in a secure locker on your phone – Google wants to make it possible for you to store documents like your driver's license in a locked-away part of your phone, but other manufacturers won't have to follow suit. These recommendations might change before Android 11 launches in full, but it's something to watch out for. If manufacturers want to keep Google apps and services on their phones, they have to abide by these rules – but it looks as though these three features are going to be optional. Here's why your phone might not get all the best Android 11 features
  9. Microsoft could be hammering Android 11 into shape for its dual-screen Surface Duo Another Duo rumor surfaces (Image credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s Surface Duo team has already begun work on bringing Android 11 to the dual-screen device, according to the latest rumor. We’ve already heard that Surface Duo will launch with Android 10 on board – the first version of Google’s mobile OS to be fully optimized for foldable screens – and that Android 11 support would follow relatively swiftly. Now, according to what Windows Latest has heard from an unspecified source, Microsoft is already beavering away at support for Android 11, and an update for the Duo could even arrive in the first month after the device launches. Speaking of the launch, the most recent speculation has it that Surface Duo should go on sale in the next couple of months, in order to arrive on shelves before Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 2 (which is itself rumored to be looking at an August 5 launch). So this new rumor could be indicating that this might not be the case, after all, given that if Android 11 is set to come to Surface Duo within the first few weeks post-launch, the OS is obviously not going to be ready for August (the initial Android 11 beta only just dropped, after all). Android 11 could be out in September, mind, so while the potential timeframes are close, they seemingly don’t quite marry up here. Positive sign? Still, if Microsoft has just begun serious work on the Android 11 implementation for Surface Duo, hopefully that’s at least a good sign that we might get something which runs solidly from the get-go. Of course, bear in mind that this – and indeed the recent rumor about the much earlier launch (originally Surface Duo was expected to debut at the end of 2020) – are just theories floating down from the grapevine, so it’s not surprising that all the pieces don’t quite fit; and indeed ultimately may not pan out. As ever, temper your expectations appropriately, and bear in mind that there is extra potential for disruption of any plans given the ongoing situation with coronavirus. But at least if Microsoft is set to spring Surface Duo for an early launch inside the next two months, we should be hearing more concrete info about that soon enough. Microsoft could be hammering Android 11 into shape for its dual-screen Surface Duo
  10. Google releases Android 11 Beta 1.5 to fix some issues Last week, Google finally released the first Android 11 beta build, following a long period of testing developer previews. Android 11 includes a handful of new features focused on privacy, as well as more visible changes such as the Bubbles API. We've compiled some of the best changes in this release, if you're interested. Being that it's a beta release, it naturally came with a few issues, some that were known and some that weren't. Today, the company has released Android 11 Beta 1.5 with a focus on fixes. There are no new features you should expect in this release, but there some major fixes, including for some crashes that forced devices to reboot. Here's what's been fixed: General Devices no longer crash (reboot) while using gesture navigation to switch apps in different orientations while rotating the device at the same time. On Pixel 3 and 3a, users setting up devices after reset can now activate a pSim service if the phone is currently using an eSIM service. Fixed issues that users were having when using contactless payments through Google Pay. Bluetooth The system no longer incorrectly enforces the Bluetooth privileged permission for RemoveBond. This resolves issues that could affect pairing, unpairing, and bond reset flows for Bluetooth devices, such as for Forget Watch on Wear OS devices. Despite the fixes, this release isn't without its own set of known issues, specifically with Android Auto. Users may hear audio coming from the phone's speaker rather than the car's speaker system when connected to Android Auto and listening to music, and it's also possible that Android Auto projection just won't start when you plug in your phone. Some of these issues can be fixed by updating Android Auto itself, Google Play Services, or the Google app, and the audio issue specifically is already fixed in internal builds of Android Auto being tested inside Google. In other words, you might not need to wait for a new beta release for these to be fixed. If you're interested in joining the Android 11 Beta and haven't yet, you can follow our guide to register for the beta program. It only applies to Pixel phones, and other smartphone manufacturers will be releasing their own previews for Android 11 separately, such as in the case of OnePlus. Google releases Android 11 Beta 1.5 to fix some issues
  11. Android 11 will add a recycle bin to your smartphone Deleted a file accidentally? Don't panic (Image credit: Future) The Android 11 public beta is out and available for anyone to try – anyone with a compatible phone, that is – and we're seeing a steady stream of new features come to light. The latest is a potentially very useful recycle bin for recovering deleted files. As noted by 9to5Google, this trash folder has apparently been around since the developer preview launched in February, but it's largely flown under the radar until now. It works exactly as you think it might, in the classic Windows Recycle Bin or macOS Trash folder tradition: files and photos you delete aren't fully deleted for a period of 30 days, giving you a window of opportunity to bring them back. That's a significant improvement from the current way that Android works, where files deleted from the local storage are immediately wiped and can't be recovered unless you have a backup somewhere. Bring it back It'll be a reassuring safety net if you happen to accidentally delete a whole folder of audio files you were planning to listen to, or all the photos from your recent vacation – you should be able to get them back with a couple of taps. App developers are going to have to implement the user-facing features however, so this recycle bin might look slightly different between apps. It's part of a more general change to the way Android handles files called scoped storage, and Google has a video on it here. Some apps already have these features built in of course – Google Drive and Google Photos are two apps that can recover your files from the cloud if you mistakenly delete them from your Android phone and tablet. It's similar with many apps on iOS. To have the feature built into the operating system adds some extra peace of mind though, and will be helpful for files that are only stored on your device (like downloads from the web). A full launch of Android 11 is expected later this year. Android 11 will add a recycle bin to your smartphone
  12. Android 11 removes the archaic 4GB cap on video recordings If you've got an Android phone and you do a lot of video recording, you've probably noticed that there's a file size limit on how much video you can record. But as spotted by Android Police, that's going away in Android 11. The limitation is leftover from the days of 32-bit devices, which couldn't handle numbers larger than 4,294,967,295. That meant that things like more than 4GB of RAM were out of the question, and of course, any files larger than 4GB. Videos that took up more than that would be split into different files. This wasn't so much of an issue a decade ago, when 32-bit devices were common and HD video recording was just becoming a thing. But as the report notes, just 15 minutes of 4K 30fps video recording will take up that much space. Moreover, 4K 30fps is what we had five years ago. Since then, we've gotten 4K 60fps and 8K 30fps video capture on Android smartphones. The commit to the Android Open Source Project to fix the issue was made back in December. And of course, now would be the time that it starts to make its way into an actual shipping version of Android, since Google ships once a year now. Android 11 removes the archaic 4GB cap on video recordings
  13. Android 11 Will Help You Rein In Zombie App Permissions The latest update to Google's operating system has a host of privacy and security improvements. Illustration: Sam Whitney; Getty Images With 2.5 billion users worldwide, Google has a responsibility to make its Android operating system as secure as possible. But the company has at times struggled to adequately vet apps in the Google Play Store, allowing malicious programs through that thousands or millions of users go on to download. With Google's release of the Android 11 Beta on Wednesday, though, the company is taking steps to make it even more difficult for rogue apps to grab your data even when they do slip by. Google has worked for years to incrementally tighten Android security under the hood. And the release of Android 11 is particularly focused on expanding privacy improvements to give you more control over what your apps can access and giving more ways to distribute software updates across Android's fragmented and disjointed device population. Android 10 addressed some of this as well, requiring that app developers request permissions and then reaffirm user choices more often. Android 11 adds a feature that allows developer to request one-time permissions for things like the microphone, camera, or location as an alternative to all or nothing. You can share your location with a friend through a chat app once, for example, without granting indefinite location access, or having to remember to wade back into settings to revoke the permission later. "We can see that people are actually leveraging these features from Android 10 and thinking about their choices when they’re giving apps access to permissions," says Charmaine D'Silva, an Android product manager who works on privacy. "So building on that this time we’ve added even more controls." Android 11 will also rein in apps that you don't use very often, automatically revoking permissions if you don't open it for a still undetermined period of time. If you start using the app again you can always reinstate its access, but the permission won't be lurking forgotten. Google plans to experiment with different cutoffs after 60-90 days, with the goal of eliminating stray permissions without breaking functionality. "We’ve seen in our data that people have a lot of apps on their devices that they may have used a couple of times and then forgot about," D'Silva says. "They don’t uninstall it because they don’t have a need to, but the app still has permissions associated with it. So this new feature is a permissions auto-reset—sort of a hygiene check." Beginning with apps that debut after Android 11, the permission auto-reset feature will be on by default and something for developers to factor into their plans. Existing apps for Android 10 and below won't have the feature on by default, but users will still be able to toggle a control to turn it on. Google says that eventually it wants to turn permission auto-reset on bey default for almost every app, but the company wants to ease in so the change doesn't inadvertently break functionality for longstanding apps. Android 11 will also see an expansion of Google's Project Mainline program, which uses Google Play Services to "mainline" software updates like critical security patches directly to users' devices rather than having to wait for each individual manufacturer to tailor an update for their devices. Android's decentralized, adaptable nature is one of its core and beloved attributes. But it has limited Google's ability to centrally distribute important updates. Project Mainline works by conceptually breaking the Android operating system into chunks and creating the infrastructure for each of those chunks to be updated through the Google Play Store. In Android 10, Google debuted 10 of these modules that could receive updates. Android 11 will add 12 more, including a permissions module, and one for Android's Scoped Storage feature, which is becoming mandatory in Android 11 and limits the "scope" or extent of what data apps can access on a user's device. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Google also used Mainline to distribute its new contact tracing framework. "On the surface Project Mainline could appear mundane," says Stephan Somogyi, product lead for Android platform security. "But the fact is our ability to do that validates years worth of architectural contemplation. Mainline and our plumbing of Mainline is actually a big win." Somogyi says that Android's stats on uptake of security patches in the previous 90 days are on a steady upward curve. There are now almost 1,000 Android device models that get security updates once a month or at least once a quarter. And those devices now make up about 90 percent of the total Android population. Given that one of Apple's biggest strengths for years with iOS has been centralized updates and widespread adoption of new releases, it's certainly easy to feel that Project Mainline is coming far too late. But if the feature is a way for Android to balance its free and open source roots with better access to much needed protective updates it could be a game changer for overall Android security. Google's Android Betas are open for anyone to try; you can access the Android 11 release here. Just keep in mind that betas aren't the stable final release and could have bugs or cause problems. If you're comfortable waiting a few months, the security and privacy improvements of Android 11 will officially debut in September. Android 11 Will Help You Rein In Zombie App Permissions
  14. Android 11 will automatically revoke permissions from unused apps Google yesterday released the third Developer Preview of Android 11 with plenty of changes. Among other changes, Google has also introduced the ability to automatically revoke permissions from apps if they are not used for a long time. The feature is named "Auto revoke permissions" and it is disabled by default. It is buried deep inside the App permissions menu in the Settings app at the bottom of every app listing. The feature needs to be enabled manually for apps that you have installed on your Android device and there's no global toggle for it. Seemingly, the feature does not revoke all permissions from an app when it is not used in months. It is also unclear as to how long it takes for the feature to revoke permissions from an unused app. Source: @MishaalRahman Google has introduced a number of small changes and improvements in Android 11 Developer Preview 3. Apart from the new Auto Revoke permission, the company has also introduced the ability to dismiss persistent notifications, a revamped Recent Apps menu, and more. The third Developer Preview of Android 11 is the last developer-oriented release from Google. The company is now working on launching the beta program for Android 11 which should make it easier for users to sideload the upcoming version of Android on their Pixel. Source: MishaalRahman Source: Android 11 will automatically revoke permissions from unused apps (Neowin)
  15. Google releases another bug fix update for the Android 11 Developer Preview It's been about a month and a half since Google released the first Android 11 Developer Preview, but it's been releasing builds a lot more frequently than it originally promised. Rather than monthly previews, they're showing up every two weeks with minor releases in-between major ones. Just like the first Developer Preview got a bug fix update, so is Developer Preview 2. It's called Android 11 Developer Preview 2.1, and there are no new front-facing features listed in the changelog. Here's the full list of fixes: General Fixed an issue where a crash would occur when long pressing to select an element within the recent apps overview. Fixed an issue where the status bar could crash in the background if its components weren't all initialized yet. Fixed an issue where too many WindowTokens were created by SystemUI causing jankiness and dropped frames when navigating and scrolling apps. Apps Fixed an issue where the Wear OS app could crash when trying to pair a Wear OS device. Fixed an issue where the Settings app could crash after tapping the search bar in the app. You can expect that Developer Preview 3 will arrive in roughly another two weeks, but that still won't be considered a beta. Developer Preview 3 is slated for April, and it's promised to focus on stability and performance, but Beta 1 won't show up until May. That's when you'll be able to enroll your device in the Android Beta Program and get an OTA update. Beta 2 will follow in June, with Beta 3 and the final release in Q3. Developer Preview 2.1 should arrive as an OTA update for those that have already flashed Android 11 to your Pixel device, or you can always flash the update. Source: Google releases another bug fix update for the Android 11 Developer Preview (Neowin)
  16. It's just a preview, I know — Android 11 Preview hands-on—Notification changes, dark mode options, and more New Android preview is laser-focused on new APIs, with little in the way of new UI. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 8 images. The Android 11 Developer Preview is out, and I've tried it for a few hours. I'm back to report my findings. To be honest, there are not a lot of user-facing changes in this first preview release. Like the earlier Android 11 post laid out, this is almost entirely API changes with little to see from a UI perspective. Right now, Android 11 looks just like Android 10. Hopefully, Google is just holding back, and we'll see more in future Developer Preview releases. As for what's here, like we suspected, there is now a "conversations" section of the notification panel that incoming texts and messages end up in. The section is sorted at the very top of the notification panel, above regular notifications and silent notifications. If you long-press on a message notification, you'll get a whole host of options. You can banish a certain type of notification from the "messages" category, show a message as a bubble, "favorite" a person to sort them above every other person, snooze a notification, or mute a notification. Each individual person gets a notification channel now, so you can do things like make messages from one person high-priority and mute someone else, even if they are all using the same app. The Do Not Disturb settings have been completely rearranged and can be broken down by "person" now, too, along with settings for apps and alarms. Messaging apps can be freely tossed into a bubble from this menu, allowing the app to float over top of everything else. Even for ancient, unloved, criminally neglected apps like Google Hangouts—which is still Google's best messaging platform—the feature works great. Google is working to shut down the old methods to build floating apps, since they can result in hidden, unattributed screen overlays, which can be a security concern. For floating apps, bubbles are going to be the preferred style in Android 11. The Dark Theme can now be scheduled to go off along with the sunrise and sunset, which was a much-requested feature after its introduction last year. There's a native screen recorder hidden in the Quick Settings, which works great. Google is also hard at work on a scrolling screenshot feature, which isn't active in this release but has been hacked into existence by XDA Developers. The Developer Options screen has a new option to "show refresh rate," which sticks a number in the corner showing if your 90Hz phone is really running at 90Hz. This will be great for diagnosing janky display implementations like that of the Google Pixel 4. It would have been easy to use the stock font for this number, but somebody at Google went out of their way to make the number look just like the Fraps FPS counter, with big, blocky numbers in red, yellow, and green. Props. Enlarge / The Android 11 schedule, with "platform stability" coming in June. Google Every Android release comes with new and exciting mysteries, and this time there's a developer option to "Enable the Bluetooth Gabeldorsche feature stack." There's a new Bluetooth stack? Why? What's better about it? Is it finished? Nobody knows! We'll ask around at Google I/O. As far as user-facing changes go, that's pretty much it. The vast majority of Developer Preview 1 additions were already laid out in Google's blog post. This first release really is just for developers, and we'll hopefully see more user-facing features in later releases. Google's timeline promises a release every month, so check back later. Source: Android 11 Preview hands-on—Notification changes, dark mode options, and more (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  17. Google launches the Android 11 Developer Preview today There's a “one-time” app permission, more modularity, and driver’s license support. Enlarge It's a bit earlier than the usual March release, but today Google is launching the first Android 11 Developer Preview. This first OS preview is coming to the Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4, along with generic system images for Project Treble devices. It also has a new name. Typically these releases have been denoted by a letter—Android 10 was the "Android Q Preview"—and while Android 11 is still called "Android R" internally, publicly this is the "Android 11 Developer Preview" to all us non-Googlers. True to form, Google has already started with the Spinal Tap references and starts the blog post with a dial that goes to 11. For now we're just working off a giant blog post with lots of bullet points, and nearly zero screenshots, so we're not sure what the scope of this release is really like. We'll have a hands-on later, but for now, here are some highlights. One of the most-used features of Android 11 will probably be a new "one-time permission" option for apps that want to access location, microphone, and camera data. In Android 10, Google added the ability to grant a permission to an app only when it was running in the foreground, and now users will be able to grant access to a permission a single time. This is already in iOS, and it makes a lot of sense for certain apps. Enlarge / The one-time permission dialog in Android 11. Google Google never stops tweaking the Android notification panel, and this year Google says the panel is getting a "dedicated conversations section in the notification shade." Again, we're working with zero screenshots here, but Google says users will be able to "instantly find their ongoing conversations with people in their favorite apps." Android 10 segmented the notification panel into high- and low-priority notifications, so maybe we'll get a third slice of the notification panel for conversations? We should also get ready to see a lot more of the "Bubbles" API that debuted in Android 10 as a developer preview. The Bubbles API would shrink a messaging app down into a minimizable floating circle featuring your contact's face. This year, it seems to be out of the dev preview state and is ready for apps. The modularization of Android also continues in Android 11. Android 10 spent a great deal of its engineering budget on "Project Mainline," aka "Google Play System Updates," which moved a lot of system components into either updatable APKs or a new, more powerful file format called "APEX." APEX is a file format custom-designed to be accessible earlier in the boot process and to have more permissions than an APK, making it ideal for housing and updating lower-level system components. Enlarge / For developers, this "app compatibility page" should make testing easier. Google With the system built, Android 10 shipped with a good baseline of Mainline modules, and Android 11 is moving even more components into this new update system. Google says it "added 12 new modules, for a total of 20 updatable modules" in Android 11. Android 10 had 13 updatable modules, so Google's new count of 12 new modules and eight old modules makes it sound like a lot has happened. We're going to try to track down a full list. Android 11 is also getting support for the "secure storage and retrieval of verifiable identification documents, such as ISO 18013-5 compliant Mobile Driving Licenses." That's right—someday, assuming your state supports it, you'll be able to use a smartphone app for your government-issued ID instead of flashing a piece of plastic. XDA did some digging into this feature last year and found some neat features in the Android codebase, like a dead-battery mode that could show the ID info even if your phone doesn't have enough juice left to boot the full Android OS. Google says it will have "more details to share on this soon." Life on Android 11 should be easier for app developers. Typically, breaking changes for apps have been an all-or-nothing affair hidden behind the "target SDK" that each app can call. In Android 11, Google actually built an "App compatibility" page with toggle-able features for each app. The idea is that, instead of setting a new target SDK and recompiling your app for testing, just open up the app compatibility page, start flipping switches, and see what breaks. Google also says it has worked to "minimize behavioral changes that could affect apps" and has made changes opt-in wherever possible. As usual, this is just the first preview of Android 11, and there will probably be more features unveiled in future previews, especially at Google I/O 2020. Google's first post is targeted at developers and is basically a big list of API changes that doesn't mention many user-facing features, so I guess it's our job to track those down. We'll have a hands-on soon once we spend some time with the new OS preview and take a look at Google's documentation. Source: Google launches the Android 11 Developer Preview today (Ars Technica)
  18. Android 11 could add Dark mode scheduling With Android 10, Google got around to finally adding a system-wide Dark mode to the OS. However, the company did not add an option to automatically enable or disable Dark mode depending on the time of the day or based on sunrise/sunset. This was an odd omission on Google's part especially since the feature was already present in one of the beta builds of Android 10. The company then went on to remove it citing issues with UI redraw that could lead to scrolling position and entered text in a list vanishing when the switch happens. Chris Banes from Google's Android Developer Relations team also explained that sunset/sunrise time calculations can be extremely difficult leading to poor user experience. Now, it looks like the next version of Android will add the ability to schedule switching Dark theme on/off. A Dark mode scheduling bug in the Android issue tracker has been marked as fixed by one of Google's engineers, with the feature becoming available "in a future Android release" which will likely be Android 11. The ability to schedule Dark mode on/off is already present in almost all major Android skins, with only stock Android missing it. Until Google gets around to releasing Android 11 with this feature, you will have to rely on a third-party app like this to get similar functionality on your phone. Source: Android 11 could add Dark mode scheduling (Neowin)
  19. For Android app developers, ADB is an indispensable tool for debugging applications. With the ability to generate logs, push and pull files, sideload APKs, and enter the shell, ADB gives developers a lot of control over a test device while using a PC. While it’s possible to use ADB wirelessly by connecting to your device via TCP/IP*, many developers might not know about this so they simply stick with using a wired connection. Plus, wireless ADB currently isn’t that convenient if your device doesn’t have a static IP address or you’re dealing with multiple test devices. Finally, data transfer via ADB over TCP/IP happens in plain text, so it’s not a good idea to use it when connected to an untrusted network. Thankfully, it looks like Google is working on a proper, native, and (possibly) secure implementation of wireless ADB that could land in Android 11 next year. Joshua Duong, a software engineer at Google, submitted multiple commits to the AOSP Gerrit that implement this feature. These commits create a WiFi service for ADB with support for secure pairing. We haven’t spotted evidence that the new implementation encrypts data in transit, but this feature is clearly still a work-in-progress so it may arrive in a later commit. On the user-side, Google plans to add a new “wireless debugging” switch in Developer Options that supports pairing devices by scanning a QR code or entering a 6 digit code. Wireless ADB strings for Android 11 It looks like Google is finally putting development effort into this feature, so I’m hoping it’ll arrive in Android 11 next year. However, these commits haven’t been merged yet, so there’s no guarantee the feature will arrive in the next Android release. We’ll keep an eye out on the AOSP Gerrit to track when it gets merged and to find out more about this implementation. *XDA Recognized Developer phhusson brought to my attention that ADB has support for multicast DNS, so it’s already possible to wirelessly connect to ADB without needing your device’s IP address. However, starting the service requires root and you can only have one device connected at a time, so it’s not an ideal solution. Plus, it isn’t documented anywhere publicly, so very few people know about it. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer luca020400 for the tip and to phhusson for pointing out mDNS support in ADB! Source: Android 11 may finally bring a proper, native Wireless ADB implementation (via XDA Developers)
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