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Android 11 will let devs block network access in parts of their apps for better security

Android 11 will let devs block network access in parts of their apps for better security

With every big new OS version there are countless under-the-hood upgrades that will go unnoticed by regular users but could have a positive impact on their experience. Android 11 will be no different, and we've spotted one such small but potentially important new feature in Google's developer documentation for the upcoming release. Starting in Android 11, apps will be able to grant per-process network access.

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With Android 11, apps can view and record two on-device cameras at the same time

With Android 11, apps can view and record two on-device cameras at the same time

Android 11 is nearly feature-complete now, but Google is still putting its final touches on the software and APIs before the first stable release. One of these last-minute additions is an API that allows devs access to two, or more, on-device cameras at the same time, including both front and rear cams.

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Google Messages adopts bubble notifications for Android 11 Beta users

Google Messages adopts bubble notifications for Android 11 Beta users

Google Messages appears to be rolling out support for bubble chatheads as provided for in Android 11 Beta 1. The company promised this adaptation a few weeks ago.

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Files app on Android 11 now includes storage from other apps

Files app on Android 11 now includes storage from other apps

The second Developer Preview of Android 11 replaced the built-in file manager with Files by Google, the same application that was already present on the Play Store (and pre-installed on Android Go phones). However, the Files app on Android 11 has a slightly different appearance than the same app on Android 10 phones, and there is some added functionality.

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Google added a hidden trash can to Android 11 for deleted files

Google added a hidden trash can to Android 11 for deleted files

Scoped Storage was the most controversial addition to Android 10 when it debuted last year, as it blocked most applications from accessing your phone's entire internal storage to improve privacy and security. Google ended up pushing the deadline for supporting Scoped Storage to the release of Android 11 later this year, but there's additional functionality in the new Android version for apps to try out.

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Ongoing notifications can no longer be swiped away in Android 11, reverting change

Ongoing notifications can no longer be swiped away in Android 11, reverting change

This feature has been removed or disabled as of Android 11 DP4 and Beta 1, and ongoing and persistent notifications can no longer be dismissed/minimized by swiping them away. Our original coverage of the change is below.

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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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