Android 11 Beta 2 is now available to download, brings a focus on platform stability

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Android 11 Beta (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google has released Android 11 Beta 2 today.
  • This update stabilizes the platform as Google prepares for a release in Q3.
  • As of now, Android 11 is expected to drop on September 8th.

Google has dropped the second beta of Android 11, the next big Android version.

With Beta 2, Google says it's hit the Platform Stability milestone. As per the release blog post, "Platform Stability means that all app-facing surfaces and behaviors are now final in Android 11. This includes not only final SDK and NDK APIs, but also final system behaviors and restrictions on non-SDK interfaces that may affect apps."

In other words, there aren't any significant new features being added to Android 11 from here on out, which means what you see is more or less what you'll get as Google begins to polish up the operating system over the next couple of months.

Google also didn't announce any new features, so we'll have to poke around here and there to see what's new. Android 11 is currently expected to release on September 8.

As a reminder, Android 11 can currently be downloaded on the Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4 series of phones.

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  • I hope the recents screen bugginess/black screen is fixed in this release.
  • Power menu has been improved. Lockdown is now easier to access.
  • This might be the time to install if its stable enough?!
  • Anyone noticed screen illumination fluctuations after installing Beta 2? It did for a while and rebooting did not fix. It may have normalized after expending the night at the charger but I will monitor again tonight.