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Android 11 won't have scrolling screenshots after all

Android 11 won't have scrolling screenshots after all

One feature that is now extremely common on Android devices is scrolling screenshots, where the phone will scroll through content automatically to create a super-tall image. However, the functionality has yet to appear in stock Android (or Pixel phones), and Google confirmed today that it won't be ready in time for Android 11.

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Android 11's launcher lets you swipe up on secondary homescreens to go back to the main one

Android 11's launcher lets you swipe up on secondary homescreens to go back to the main one

When Google first introduced its take on gesture navigation with Android 10, one navigation option die-hard Android fans are used to disappeared — there was no longer a way to quickly jump back from a secondary homescreen to the first page, which you could do by tapping the home button. Android 11 is looking to fix that.

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Android 11's screen recorder finally records device audio in Beta 2

Android 11's screen recorder finally records device audio in Beta 2

After limited and ultimately abandoned experiments with a native screen recorder in Android 10 betas, Android 11 seems to be poised to ship with one. Compared to third-party screen recorders, the built-in solution used to come with one big caveat, though: It couldn't record internal device audio. That's thankfully changing with Android 11 Beta 2, as the recorder finally adds a dropdown that lets you choose from which source you want to record.

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Android 11's jarring Pixel 4 display flicker bug will be fixed shortly

Android 11's jarring Pixel 4 display flicker bug will be fixed shortly

Starting with Android 11 Developer Preview 4, a few Pixel 4 users, including us here at Android Police, noticed an odd display flicker bug, which we could pin down to some rapid flip-flopping between the 60 and 90Hz modes. While you might not be able to see it in screen recordings, the flickering is very visible and very annoying when you use the phone. Unfortunately, the bug is still present two development cycles later in Beta 2, but Google has promised that it will fix the issue with an update slated to be released in two weeks.

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Google pulls video that revealed Android 11's launch date

Google pulls video that revealed Android 11's launch date

Android 11 appears to have a launch date set, according to a video published (and since unpublished) by Google for the recent "Hey Google" Smart Home Summit. There may yet be a delay, and the context of the announcement is a little unclear, but a slide on the developer-focused video clearly says, "September 8th Android 11 Launch."

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Android 11 lets you not automatically connect to specific Wi-Fi networks

Android 11 lets you not automatically connect to specific Wi-Fi networks

There are plenty of cases where you might want a Wi-Fi network saved on your phone, but don't want your phone to always connect to it. Maybe your cell service is sometimes faster than your home internet, or maybe you have a public network that you don't want to use all the time. Whatever the reason might be, Android 11 will let you disable automatically connecting to specific networks.

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Android 11 Beta 2 starts rolling out Quick Settings media controls

Android 11 Beta 2 starts rolling out Quick Settings media controls

Google has been experimenting with media controls in the Quick Settings panel ever since the first Android 11 Developer Preview. The feature was hidden at first, but it became an easily-accessible setting in Beta 1, and now it's enabled by default in Beta 2.

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Android 11 apps won't have full storage access until 2021

Android 11 apps won't have full storage access until 2021

Google tried to sneak scoped storage into Android 10, but developers weren't having it. This more restrictive (and secure) method of managing your internal storage is coming back in Android 11, but there will be a new "all files access" permission. Or rather, there was supposed to be. Google has updated its support page to clarify that Android 11 apps won't be able to use that permission until 2021.

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Android 11 Beta 2 is out — just one more beta planned before release

Android 11 Beta 2 is out — just one more beta planned before release

Android 11 Beta 2 officially lands today. For developers, that means we've reached a milestone called "Platform Stability," so everything they need to care about when it comes to making apps compatible is now final — the platform won't change before the stable release in Q3. For consumers, that means there's only one more beta before Android 11 is formally released, and we'll probably see a few more features and tweaks in this latest version.

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Android 11 will let devs block network access in parts of their apps for better security

Android 11 will let devs block network access in parts of their apps for better security

With every big new OS version there are countless under-the-hood upgrades that will go unnoticed by regular users but could have a positive impact on their experience. Android 11 will be no different, and we've spotted one such small but potentially important new feature in Google's developer documentation for the upcoming release. Starting in Android 11, apps will be able to grant per-process network access.

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