XDA’s Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) has received DM from several Twitter users, saying they have received the first beta version of Android 11 on their Pixel 4 XL device. One of them even sent a screenshot to Rahman, showing that the size of the update file is 736MB.
Initially, the first beta version of Android 11 is expected to be released during the Google I/O developer conference last month. However, due to the popularity of COVID-19, which forced Google to cancel the annual transaction, the company decided to move the beta release date to June 3, today.
Google has not announced a new date for the first official release of Android 11 beta
But when Google announced on Saturday to postpone the release of the first Android 11 Beta, fate intervened again. The delay has nothing to do with coronaviruses, but with social unrest across the United States on Friday night and all Saturday.
Although Google has not announced a new release date, the updates received by both Pixel 4 XL users carry the RPB1.200504.018 build number.
In 2016, some Nexus 6P users received it before Android 7.0 was officially released. However, the update is an internal dog food version, and the content is “internal secret only.” The label was missing in the Android 11 beta update that Rahman sources received today. This indicates that the Beta version leaked here is for public consumption.
XDA Scribe also shared some new Android features shared with him (new features since the last Developers Preview). There appear to be three new icon shapes, including IconShapeVessel, IconShapeTaperedRect, and IconShapePebble.
When Android 11 users long-press the power button, another change will appear. A new menu called “Quick Control” will allow users to control their smart home devices, etc. Android 11 also allows the user to control the application suggestions he or she receives from the Pixel launcher.
These are based on the applications recently used by users, the most commonly used applications and routines. Google believes that the suggested application you will open next can be displayed at the bottom of the home screen.
This boos from Google may cause the company to release a beta version on or after June 3, today after all. Once this happens, owners of Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will be able to join the Android 11 beta program.
Pixel users will be able to open the Android Beta program website and simply click on the model they own to receive the updated OTA. But there is a big warning. After installing Beta on your phone, unless you are willing to restore the phone to factory settings, you will be stuck in the program and you must obtain all Beta versions until the final version is deleted.
Considering how many vulnerabilities these Beta versions will have at the beginning, we recommend that you do not add the Beta program with your daily driver before the third Beta is released.
Along the way, in addition to the Pixel model, other phones will join the program. For example, last year’s phones such as Asus ZenFone 5Z, Essential phones, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, LG G8 ThinQ, Nokia 8.1, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, Oppo Reno, Realme 3 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ3, Tecno Spark 3 Pro, Vivo X27, Vivo Nex A, Xiaomi Mi 9 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G are allowed to install the latest beta version of Android 10. Which phones can join the Android 11 beta will be announced later.
Source: XDA Developers