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Android 11's long-press power menu might become a smart home control center (Update: DP2 video)

Android 11's long-press power menu might become a smart home control center (Update: DP2 video)

In Android 11, evidence has surfaced that Google might finally add quick wallet access to the long-press power menu, but it looks like the company has much more in store for this system feature. XDA Developers has discovered that the menu might be turned into a control center for home automation, letting you easily manage smart appliances in your house.

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Android 11 continues Google's work on the power menu wallet, opening it up to third-party apps

Android 11 continues Google's work on the power menu wallet, opening it up to third-party apps

Google has been working on showing your credit cards and passes in the long-press power menu since before the stable release of Android 10, and over the last year, we've gotten hint after hint that the company might launch the feature soon. In the first Android 11 developer preview, further evidence pointing to an imminent release has surfaced as Google is working on adding support for third-party applications.

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Funky Android 11 experiment moves audio controls to quick settings

Funky Android 11 experiment moves audio controls to quick settings

The first Android 11 developer preview landed yesterday. We keep finding tons of new features in it, which you can check out in the widget above. There are also some hidden changes not activated out of the box, and our friends over at XDA Developers stumbled upon one of these. They've managed to put audio controls into the quick settings panel above the notifications, making media playback instantly accessible no matter how many messages you receive.

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Here's where to download the first Android 11 Developer Preview factory images and OTA files

Here's where to download the first Android 11 Developer Preview factory images and OTA files

Android 11 is here — or, at least, the first super-unstable, not-for-daily-driving Developer Preview is here. Although we'll get a more stable build in the coming months, right now the only way to try out this new version is to flash it the old-fashioned way with a manual download and sideload. Here's where you can pull those images down.

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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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