Google recently released a teaser video inviting everyone to watch the Android 11 Beta online release show. The Beta version of new Android systems is usually released at the Google I/O conference. However, this year is a little different because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Google I/O 2020 has been canceled thus the only option for the Android 11 beta release is an online conference. This conference will take place on June 3.
Google has advised everyone to watch this conference from home. The event will include news and updates of various official events. Google has also updated the Android 11 release schedule. The new schedule shows that Android 11 will go through 3 Beta releases. There will be a beta release in June, July, and August. The official stable version will arrive around October.
Google has also released Android 11 Developer Preview 4. This preview version doesn’t contain any new features, just some incremental stability and performance updates. The update adds just one major feature that wasn’t present in previous builds. Below you can check the major changes brought by this release.
The new Wireless Debugging feature eases the usual ADB process in Android 11. The feature was introduced in DP 2, however, this time it is getting its deserved treatment. Users can pair the smartphone to a PC using a pairing code workflow. According to the search giant, they’ll implement a QR code scanning workflow in Android Studio to allow developers to quickly pair their smartphones.
This particular feature comes to allow faster installation of large APKs. With this, developers can install a large APK with 2GB+ from a PC to a phone up to 10x faster than before. Developers running DP3 can use the “ADB install – incremental” command in ADB. According to Google, all Android 11 launch devices will support the Incremental File System and hence ADB Incremental. We’re not sure about devices that are coming from Android 10.
Other features include app exit updates and GWP-ASan analysis.