So, are you surprised, why Android 11? When I am still trying to make use of Android 10… Smiles.
Well, Android 11 is the upcoming eleventh major release and the 18th version of the Android mobile operating system.
Android 11 developer preview 3 (DP3) is here for Pixel smartphones and it brings several new features and changes.
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Launched on April 23, DP3 is a relatively minor update compared to past previews. It focuses mostly on behind-the-scenes fixes, but that’s not to say there aren’t any user-facing changes.
According to Google’s roadmap for Android 11, developer previews seem to end in April, with beta releases starting in May. So, this is most likely the final developer preview for Android 11.
You can take a look at Android 11 Roadmap below:
What’s in Developer Preview 3
In the release, there are a number of new features and changes for you to try, as well as the latest updates to existing features, APIs, and tools. Here are just a few:
Now, let’s take a look at what all Google has added with the latest developer preview.
App exit reasons updates
With DP3, Google has updated the ‘exit reasons API’ that allows users to request details for why an app exited. Considering the feedback it got from users of the previous developer preview, the company has updated its API (application program interface). As there are several reasons why an app would be exited, including crashes, system kill, or user action, this API makes it easier to know what the reason was.
This feature is targeted towards developers who work on large APKs (Android application package) that are more than 2GB in size. Google says installing these large APKs with Android Debug Bridge (ADB) with the help of ADB Incremental feature in Android 11 is 10 times faster. This feature is part of a “broad suite of new tools” that Google is working on increase the productivity of game developers. However, ADB Incremental in DP3 only works with Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL phones.
Wireless Debugging was present in the previous developer preview as well, but with DP3, the experience has been made easier. Wireless debugging allows the phone to be connected wireless to the host computer allowing developers to more efficiently make changes and preview them. Google plans on implementing “an integrated experience for Wireless Debugging with QR code scanning” sometime in the future with an Android Studio release. As of now, developers can use the pairing code workflow to get started.
New security protocol
With DP3, Google has added GWP-ASan that detects memory errors across critical components without having an impact on system performance or minimal overhead. With this, developers can find and fix memory safety issues.
Get started with Android 11
Developer Preview 3 has everything you need to try the latest Android 11 features, test your apps, and give us feedback. Just download and flash a device system image to a Pixel 2 / 2 XL, Pixel 3 / 3 XL, Pixel 3a / 3a XL, or Pixel 4 / 4 XL device, or set up the Android Emulator through Android Studio. Next, update your Android Studio environment with the latest Android 11 Preview SDK and tools, see the set up guide for details.
Talking about Google’s roadmap for Android 11, developer previews were to last from February to April with beta releases starting from May. The final release for Android 11 is expected in the third quarter of this year.
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