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Here are all the little changes in Android 11 Developer Preview 1

Here are all the little changes in Android 11 Developer Preview 1

The first developer preview of Android 11 is here, and even though it's just the first of many pre-release builds, there are still a ton of new features and changes. We've already written dedicated posts for most of the visible updates in Android 11 ⁠— you can see all of our coverage here ⁠— but there are also some smaller tweaks that aren't quite substantial enough for several paragraphs of explanations.

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You might be able to test future Android updates without permanently installing them

You might be able to test future Android updates without permanently installing them

While most of us are probably longing to get new Android updates as fast as possible, there are some people out there who would prefer to test a release before committing to it full-time, especially when it comes to betas. System administrators managing a company's fleet of devices, people who simply don't want to deal with broken apps due to a new Android version, or developers who would rather not forgo their stable daily drivers to test their products against beta OS releases could benefit from a change to Google's Dynamic System Updates (DSUs). In the future, OEMs might be able to let you install OTAs without touching your actual stable build, allowing you to try a new release before fully switching to it.

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Dynamic System Updates arrive for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL in Android Q Beta 4

Dynamic System Updates arrive for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL in Android Q Beta 4

Last year, Google speculated it might be possible for Android devices to boot a GSI (Generic System Image) without needing to unlock the bootloader and flash it. That functionality was shown off as working just recently at this year's Google I/O developer conference, under the name "Dynamic System Updates," or DSU. (It's not the most descriptive name, since DSU effectively lets you live boot into other Android images.) We were told the functionality would eventually make its way to Android Q, and as of Beta 4, it has.

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