The first developer preview for Android 11, the next major Android update, is out. So far, this has been the earliest Google has released a preview and it gives us a pretty good idea of what the full Android 11 experience is going to be like when it releases later this year.

Google is all set to dial it up to 11

While we will need to wait for Google I/O later this summer for a clearer picture, there are a few very interesting features in the preview worth mentioning, such as:

Chat bubbles

If you’ve used Facebook’s messenger app recently, you already know what this feature is all about. This feature allows multiple conversations from a messaging app to be available through a floating chat bubble across the system. In the preview, only Google’s own messaging app supports this feature currently. However, the feature could eventually be used by apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and more.

Conversation section

Google seems to have a lot of focus on making people talk this year. Along with the bubbles, a new area in the notification shade is dedicated to messages. Any text messages will be expanded before other notifications from Instagram, Facebook and more can reach you. This gives you a dedicated place to keep track of your conversations.

Smarter app permissions

Finally, Android makes it possible to grant temporary permission to apps. For your camera, microphone, and location data, you can grant requesting apps temporary permission to use these features, which is revoked the moment you exit the app. This will benefit Android security greatly.

Integrated screen recording

As a feature, this is basic – it records your screen. However, with Android 11, Google has prepared a better UI and experience built right into the system. This indicates that it has a stronger chance of making it to the final release of Android 11.

Other changes in Android 11

There are a host of other changes, some under the hood and some not so prominent. For instance, automated dark mode toggles are possible now, aeroplane mode no longer disconnects Bluetooth, better support for folding, waterfall, and pinhole displays, 5G integration, scoped storage, improved privacy and security, and more. More features could be on their way.

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