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Android 11 Developer Preview released with new features

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Google rolled out its first Developer Preview for Android 11. This is ahead of the usual March release which is a welcome change.
Android 11 Developer Preview released with new features
Android 11

What is new on Android 11?

Take note that this version is not intended for regular consumers as it is still a preview or in an early testing phase.  There are some new features worth noting though. Let's check them out, shall we?

For connectivity, Android 11's features highlight 5G compatibility. It brings updates connectivity APIs for developers to take advantage of the improved speed and latency of 5G. Developers can now check whether a connection is metered or not to allow an app to offer an option to allow better quality content that may consume more data.

A bandwidth estimator API is also added to make it easy for developers to monitor how much bandwidth is available. Call screening service improvements are also added to Android 11 as well as WiFi suggestion API, and Passpoint enhancements.

Android 11 also supports new types of screens. The punch hole and waterfall screens are now supported by Android at the platform level. This eliminates the need for phone manufacturers to add the support themselves. Apps can now also manage pinhole and waterfall screens via the cutout API.

The notifications system will also be adjusted in Android 11. There will be a new dedication conversation section in the notification panel. This will keep your ongoing conversations for easier access. These will be similar to chat bubbles that Facebook Messenger has. Essentially, this will be chat bubbles for every messaging and chat app as long as the devs choose to use the API.

Permissions and privacy also get new tweaks. There will be a new one-time only permission for location, camera, and microphone access for apps. This will only allow a particular app access to these permissions on that session only. Once you close it, that app's access is revoked.

Additionally, if you deny an app access permission twice, Android 11 will consider this as a "don't ask again" signal. This means Android 11 will not ask for permission again from then on. To reverse this, you will need to do it manually in the Settings or reinstall the app.

Source: Android, Via: GSMArena
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