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All the smaller features in Android 11 Developer Preview 2 you might have missed

As expected, the second Android 11 Developer Preview had a few more features hidden inside it than Google let on in the initial announcement. We've covered several of the more prominent features in individual posts, but to save a bit of time, we've compiled the rest of the changes spotted (so far!) in this list.

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Google's AutoFlip algorithm will automatically crop your videos for different aspect ratios

While you can use smartphones in horizontal orientations, apps like Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and others highly encourage vertical video formats. As such, content creators and regular folks shooting horizontally have to crop their clips to fit these social media platforms — a tedious process. Adobe and other companies have been working on automating this process for years, but now Google is also entering the intelligent auto-cropping game with its open-source AutoFlip framework.

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YouTube web player now adapts to different aspect ratios

If it were up to us, every video would be 16:9, with some exceptions made for some more cinematic footage. But because there are older videos and people unaware of vertical video syndrome on YouTube, videos with inferior aspect ratios are an unfortunate reality. The team behind YouTube is making the best of this situation and has now forced its web player to adapt to different aspect ratios.

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Weekend poll: What is your ideal smartphone screen aspect ratio?

Just a few years ago, most Android phone screens came in one flavor: 16:9. It was a smart call, 16:9 was the ratio for HD video, so it allowed us to binge watch all our favorite shows without the tyranny of the letterbox. But over the last year or so we've entered into a bezel race, and a new 18:9 display format has come with it. Thinking back over the phones you've owned, which aspect ratio do you find ideal?

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