Finally, Google has Officially announced Android 11 Public Beta. While Google did not make any such announcement this year, some OEMs have revealed the names of phones that will be eligible for the Android 11 public beta release. Such as Xiaomi, Realme, OPPO, OnePlus, among others.
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are the latest phones to get the new Android 11 beta 1 update. Also, the Xiaomi Mi 10 and OPPO Find X2 series, and Realme X50 Pro that will be eligible for the Android 11 public beta update later this month or in early July.
Phones compatible with Android 11 public beta
- Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL
- OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro
- OPPO Find X2 and Find X2 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro
- POCO F2 Pro
- Realme X50 Pro 5G
Android 11 features
- A new NFC file-sharing alternative
- The new media player can show multiple music/podcast apps at once
- Emergency Alerts in Spanish, better Do Not Disturb support
- Android 11 ‘zooms’ your wallpaper when you access notifications
- Darker dark theme on the home screen
- Dark colourful icons in the Settings app
Improved dark mode
The dark mode isn’t for everyone, but those who practice it love it – or they want to, at least, but in Android 10 it has a lot of problems. Secondly, on apps that do have a dark mode, some text isn’t colour-swapped, and can remain invisible – this actually happens on Google search, so you can’t see suggested results.
Firstly, negative that several apps have their own dark modes, not even all Google apps, so using your smartphone with dark mode on package often see you jumping straight from dark apps to light ones, and back again. For dark mode to be useful on Android smartphones, it needs to actually be used for most apps, instead of just an optional toggle here and there.
Extended chat ‘bubbles’
Chat ‘bubbles’ One of the new features of Android 11 was the introduction of chat ‘bubbles’, related to Facebook Messenger. The laid over the top of other apps, that let you view all your conversations over several apps all in one easy-to-access format. It’d be really useful if more apps became compatible, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Twitter, and perhaps also dating apps! Then, it’d be incredibly easy to keep on top of your different conversations over all the different apps that fill up your phone.
Not only apps are compatible though, and while some of these that you used to message people, there many only the main text app Messages, and Google Hangouts, compatible. That means if you want to have communications over various apps, for the most part, you’re still going to be using those apps.
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