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Google is giving developers until the end of 2021 to adapt their apps to Android 11

Google is giving developers until the end of 2021 to adapt their apps to Android 11

When Google started testing Android 10, it quickly upset developers with far-reaching changes that would lead to broken apps once the OS would reach stable, such as Scoped Storage. That's probably one reason why the company decided to postpone the enforcement of the new file management API to Android 11, which it has just released in the form of a developer preview. To make the transition easier this time around, Google worked hard on prioritizing backward compatibility, so projects that don't target the new OS won't outright break once it's released.

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Project Mainline in Android 11 adds twelve new updatable modules

Project Mainline in Android 11 adds twelve new updatable modules

Project Mainline was one of the most welcome improvements in Android 10 and it's already credited for delivering some valuable security patches and subtle enhancements. With Android 11, the role of Project Mainline will be growing even more substantial and will introduce 12 new modules that will open up even more potential for Android to improve without the need for full blown firmware updates.

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Android electronic IDs will support driver's licenses first, passports later (Update: Android 11)

Android electronic IDs will support driver's licenses first, passports later (Update: Android 11)

Smartphones already store tons of privileged information from credit cards and boarding passes, but they may soon replace our driver's licenses, our passports, and maybe even our keyfobs, too. We got a hint of this with the reveal of a new support library back in March, now, Google has laid out a roadmap for Android devices to store identity credentials in a future version of the OS. That roadmap, however, is highly dependent on how the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will implement its standards on electronic IDs.

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Android 11 will let apps mute disruptive notifications while you're recording video

Android 11 will let apps mute disruptive notifications while you're recording video

One of the worst things your phone can do when you're taking a photo or video is vibrate and ruin your shot or, even worse, blast a notification tone and ruin the entire moment. Well, long-suffering mobile photogs, take a deep breath: Android 11 will include APIs for camera apps to mute those alerting notifications while you're using them.

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Android 11 can automatically enable dark theme at certain times or sunset

Android 11 can automatically enable dark theme at certain times or sunset

The first developer preview of Android 11 is finally out, and now that there are OTA images we can flash to devices, we're starting to discover more features than what Google mentioned in the official announcement. One of those hidden features is a scheduled mode for dark theme, something that was strangely missing from last year's Android 10 release.

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First-gen Pixel and Pixel XL will predictably not get Android 11

First-gen Pixel and Pixel XL will predictably not get Android 11

We're officially on the road to Android 11, which means a whole round of developer preview builds are on the way to Pixel phones — as well as other non-Google phones likely to be announced at I/O in May that will go through their own beta stack. Unfortunately, for O.G. Pixel and Pixel XL owners, they won't be joining for the ride.

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First Android 11 Developer Preview lands today for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4

First Android 11 Developer Preview lands today for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4

Android 11 is now official, and Google is releasing the first Developer Preview for this new version starting today. The software changes this time sound ambitious, with Google essentially taking most of its work on Android 10 and (literally) turning it up to 11, featuring enhancements to privacy and security, improvements to Project Mainline, a new dedicated "conversations" section for notifications, and tweaks to better harness 5G — all among a much longer list of changes just too big to include here. You can check it out for yourself by manually flashing it onto supported Pixel phones (everything but the 2016 OGs).

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Android 11 will step up privacy with temporary permissions and Scoped Storage

Android 11 will step up privacy with temporary permissions and Scoped Storage

Privacy has always been an important consideration for smartphones, but over the past two years or so, it has become a key component of Android updates — Android 9 and 10 both introduced breaking changes designed to better protect users. The first developer preview of Android 11 went live today, and to the surprise of nobody, there's another round of privacy-focused features.

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Android R Preview SDK shows up in Android Studio

Android R Preview SDK shows up in Android Studio

We're always on the lookout for what's to come with the future of Android, and if you're a developer, you may want to check out Android Studio right now. The Android R Preview SDK just appeared in the SDK Manager, meaning there's likely some new stuff to poke through.

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Google briefly teases Android 11 Developer Preview as it begins prepping beta site (Update: Changes reverted)

Google briefly teases Android 11 Developer Preview as it begins prepping beta site (Update: Changes reverted)

Google has just pushed live a series of changes to its Developer Preview site, which makes reference to Android 11. Sadly, all the external pages it links to have yet to be updated, including the list of changes present in Android 11 and the page to register devices.

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