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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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Android 11 developer preview 1 adds support for soft reboots

Android 11 developer preview 1 adds support for soft reboots

Major Android updates always come with a host of new features and functionality, but there are countless other changes taking place behind the scenes that set the stage for more significant improvements down the road. Among the additions in Android 11, most of us will probably never care about rebooting userspace, but it may be a first step for several other bigger enhancements to come.

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Android 11 kills apps that modify the navigation bar

Android 11 kills apps that modify the navigation bar

There are quite a few apps for customizing Android's navigation bar and gestures, like Gesture Plus and the aptly-named Custom Navigation Bar. Most of them (if not all) use an ADB command called wm overscan, which allows the existing navigation bar/gestures to be hidden, but that command seems to be gone in Android 11.

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Pixel 4 car-crash detection can now be sideloaded onto older Pixels thanks to Android 11 Preview

Pixel 4 car-crash detection can now be sideloaded onto older Pixels thanks to Android 11 Preview

The first Developer Preview of Android 11 didn't just reveal a barrage of new system features and tweaks to pore through. It also ushered in a dogfood version of the Personal Safety app that can enable crash detection on Pixel phones outside of the 4 and 4 XL. Here's how to sideload the app and get it running:

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Android 11 continues crackdown on restricted APIs

Android 11 continues crackdown on restricted APIs

Starting with Android P, Google began slowly closing the door on the use of non-public APIs. The process began with method calls that had little or no known usage among app developers, but things changed when Android Q expanded the list of restricted interfaces to cover a larger selection. Now with Android 11, the crackdown continues as the Android team adds even more non-public APIs to the restricted list.

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Hidden settings for back gesture sensitivity surface in Android 11, but they don't work yet

Hidden settings for back gesture sensitivity surface in Android 11, but they don't work yet

As of now, it doesn't actually do anything, but a hidden setting that controls separate left and right back gesture sensitivity has surfaced in Android 11. The new "Gesture Settings" screen (accessible via a hidden activity) has a pair of sliders that may eventually control how the edge back gesture added in Android 10 works. At least you can enjoy a snazzy animation in the meantime.

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Hidden Android 11 feature splits notifications from Quick Settings

Hidden Android 11 feature splits notifications from Quick Settings

Android's notification shade has been getting a lot of attention in the first Android 11 Developer Preview. In addition to some cool new updates like conversation grouping and enhanced long-press options, a hidden feature uncovered by XDA Developers separates quick settings from app notifications into their own distinct menus.

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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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Android 11 reorganizes everything in the Do Not Disturb settings menu

Android 11 reorganizes everything in the Do Not Disturb settings menu

It's quitting time and you want to be left alone to your own devices. Or, maybe just the one phone you've got in your hands, listen, I don't know what your life is like, okay? Anyways, if you're the type that likes to turn on Do Not Disturb mode every so often, you should know that each new version of Android tends to bring changes to that feature and Android 11 is no exception — we just wish it were more exciting.

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