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Android 11 does not shut down Bluetooth if you turn on Airplane mode while listening to audio (Updated)

Android 11 does not shut down Bluetooth if you turn on Airplane mode while listening to audio (Updated)

Switching on the airplane mode is a quick and easy way to disengage your phone from any network. Unfortunately, it also kills Bluetooth, so if you were listening to music, you'd have to turn Bluetooth back on and reconnect to your headphones or speakers. It looks like Google wants to change this all-in airplane mode behavior in Android 11 R by automatically leaving Bluetooth on when you're listening to music.

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Android 11 gives Pixel 4 'increase touch sensitivity' setting for use with screen protectors

Android 11 gives Pixel 4 'increase touch sensitivity' setting for use with screen protectors

We've just spotted another tiny tweak in Android 11. Google has added a toggle for increased touch sensitivity in Settings (at least on the Pixel 4), that promises better touch response when using the device through things like screen protectors.

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Granting overlay permissions in Android 11 takes one more tap

Granting overlay permissions in Android 11 takes one more tap

Google has been discouraging the use of overlays for years, since they are commonly used by malware. Android 10 removed the ability for the overlay permission to be permanently granted (it would go away after a reboot, in most cases), and the company even hinted last year that the API might go away entirely.

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Android 11 will block apps from repeatedly asking for permissions

Android 11 will block apps from repeatedly asking for permissions

Over the past few years, web browsers have started to change how permissions work, to curb bad behavior from websites. For example, most browsers now block auto-playing videos with audio entirely, while the request prompt for notifications might be hidden on Chrome soon. Android is apparently taking a cue from changes like these, as Android 11 now blocks apps from repeatedly asking for a given permission.

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Android 11 adds option to show refresh rate, looks like Fraps

Android 11 adds option to show refresh rate, looks like Fraps

Android 11 has added an option to show the current refresh rate for the display, with a bright green overlay that gamers will likely find familiar. The single toggle, added to developer options in Settings, gives you a corner indicator of the screen's current refresh rate, showing 60 and 90Hz in our tests on the Pixel 4.

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Android 11 will have 3 developer previews and 3 betas before release

Android 11 will have 3 developer previews and 3 betas before release

You can grab the very first version of Android 11 today. The release timeline is similar to last year, but developers will get a little more support as they prepare for the new release. Google's VP of engineering Dave Burke has also called attention to the new distinction between preview and beta builds.

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Google is giving developers until the end of 2021 to adapt their apps to Android 11

Google is giving developers until the end of 2021 to adapt their apps to Android 11

When Google started testing Android 10, it quickly upset developers with far-reaching changes that would lead to broken apps once the OS would reach stable, such as Scoped Storage. That's probably one reason why the company decided to postpone the enforcement of the new file management API to Android 11, which it has just released in the form of a developer preview. To make the transition easier this time around, Google worked hard on prioritizing backward compatibility, so projects that don't target the new OS won't outright break once it's released.

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Project Mainline in Android 11 adds twelve new updatable modules

Project Mainline in Android 11 adds twelve new updatable modules

Project Mainline was one of the most welcome improvements in Android 10 and it's already credited for delivering some valuable security patches and subtle enhancements. With Android 11, the role of Project Mainline will be growing even more substantial and will introduce 12 new modules that will open up even more potential for Android to improve without the need for full blown firmware updates.

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Android electronic IDs will support driver's licenses first, passports later (Update: Android 11)

Android electronic IDs will support driver's licenses first, passports later (Update: Android 11)

Smartphones already store tons of privileged information from credit cards and boarding passes, but they may soon replace our driver's licenses, our passports, and maybe even our keyfobs, too. We got a hint of this with the reveal of a new support library back in March, now, Google has laid out a roadmap for Android devices to store identity credentials in a future version of the OS. That roadmap, however, is highly dependent on how the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will implement its standards on electronic IDs.

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Android 11 will let apps mute disruptive notifications while you're recording video

Android 11 will let apps mute disruptive notifications while you're recording video

One of the worst things your phone can do when you're taking a photo or video is vibrate and ruin your shot or, even worse, blast a notification tone and ruin the entire moment. Well, long-suffering mobile photogs, take a deep breath: Android 11 will include APIs for camera apps to mute those alerting notifications while you're using them.

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