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Android 11 isn't a 'boring' update, you're just not looking at it the right way

Android 11 isn't a 'boring' update, you're just not looking at it the right way

Android 11 has reached its "beta" milestone, and while we'll still probably see a few tweaks over the coming months, the general concepts and big-feature changes in the next Android release are just about set in stone. But while the common refrain is that Android 11 is a more minor (or even boring) update to Google's Android platform, the longer I use it, I'm not sure that's fair to say.

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Android 11 Beta now works with Google Pay

Android 11 Beta now works with Google Pay

After many delays, the Android 11 Beta finally launched last week. While the software already feels relatively stable compared to the earlier developer previews, there are still some quirks that need to be worked out, like video playback problems and mispositioned text entry boxes. One issue won't plague us adventurous beta users any longer: Contactless payments through Google Pay are finally available.

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Android 11 will finally lift the idiotic 4GB cap on video recordings

Android 11 will finally lift the idiotic 4GB cap on video recordings

Before phones started recording 4K footage, most people balked at the idea their videos could grow to 4GB and larger. Things have changed, of course, and it takes less than 15 minutes at 4K30p to hit that mark. You might be thinking this shouldn't matter thanks to 64-bit filesystems that can handle file sizes up to 16TB. However, an old API from the days of 32-bit Android still capped sizes at 4GB, which forced video recordings to be split into separate files at regular intervals. A fix for this was promised a while back and Android 11 Beta 1 finally delivers on this, but it's not going to matter if you're not using the right camera apps — and the Google Camera isn't one of them (yet).

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Messages will get support for bubble notifications on Android 11 in the coming weeks

Messages will get support for bubble notifications on Android 11 in the coming weeks

One of the bigger features in Android 11 is a new type of "bubble" notification, which has been in development for years and looks a bit like Facebook's ancient chat heads. Unfortunately, they require that apps specifically support them to work going forward. However, Google's first-party Messages app will pick up support for it "in the next week or two." The settings section for bubbles has also been changed slightly as of Android 11 Beta 1.

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Android 11 Beta 1 brings media controls to Quick Settings, plus a redesigned 'output picker'

Android 11 Beta 1 brings media controls to Quick Settings, plus a redesigned 'output picker'

These new media control tweaks were first spotted all the way back with the very first Android 11 developer preview in February. At the time, the changes were hidden and had to be manually enabled, but a new version of those same controls has finally landed as part of a hidden developer flag in Android 11 Beta 1.

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Android 11 Beta 1 adds dynamic app suggestions to the Pixel Launcher home screen, and here's how it works

Android 11 Beta 1 adds dynamic app suggestions to the Pixel Launcher home screen, and here's how it works

We knew that Android 11 was going to bring App Suggestions to the Pixel Launcher, based on reports from a handful of folks that got the update early, but we didn't actually know how that would work in practice. Now that we've had a chance to play with it, here are all the details. In short: It's pretty snazzy.

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This is how to get the Android 11 Beta on your Pixel phone

This is how to get the Android 11 Beta on your Pixel phone

The Android 11 Beta is now official, and the era of Developer Previews are over. While Android 11 isn't "done," the switch to betas is a sort of milestone for stability as we approach a final release. There are still risks, but Google's transition to a beta branding means you probably shouldn't run into any serious deal-breaking bugs — though there's still some risk. Part of this change also means you don't need to manually install Android 11 via ADB, like you had to with prior Developer Preview releases. In fact, getting it on your Pixel phone is a snap, and here's how to do it.

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The first Android 11 Beta lands today

The first Android 11 Beta lands today

After several delays, the Android 11 Beta is officially landing today, together with a formal announcement of Android 11's key features and "themes." While you're probably already familiar with many of the new release's features, Google has a few new ones to reveal with this release, with a new set of logical groupings for each.

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Android 11 Beta 1 adds new ways to control Pixel Launcher app suggestions, including adding them to your home screen

Android 11 Beta 1 adds new ways to control Pixel Launcher app suggestions, including adding them to your home screen

We still don't know why Android 11 Beta 1 seems to have started rolling out to some folks before even the postponed Beta Launch Show, but features in the new version of Android have already been spotted, including some new options for the Pixel Launcher's app suggestions feature. And when Beta 1 lands, it looks like you'll even be able to set app suggestions to replace your persistent bottom row of apps in the Pixel Launcher.

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