What you need to know
- Google is pushing its first update to the Android 11 Developer Preview, but it's a small one.
- Update focuses on squashing a few bugs that developers have reported in the first release.
- No functionality or features have been changed or added in this release.
It's only been a week since Google released its first Android 11 Developer Preview, and we're getting our first update. But don't get too excited; this update purely focuses on fixing some early bugs, not adding or changing any user-facing features. Google plans to release roughly one major update per month, so we're still at least a couple weeks out from another milestone.
In the meantime, developers who are actually using the Android 11 Dev Preview to work on making their apps compatible with the forthcoming public release have updated tools to do so. Here's the changelog for Developer Preview 1.1, for those who want to get really nerdy:
- Apps targeting Android 11 no longer receive an erroneous security exception if they try to request a foreground location permission, such as ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION or ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION, and any other permission at the same time.
- NDK apps targeting Android 11 are no longer blocked from building because of an issue with the Android Gradle Plugin. This fix is included in both Android Studio 4.0 Beta 2 (or higher) and Android Studio 4.1 Canary 1 (or higher).
- Greylist restrictions have been temporarily relaxed on a small number of methods used by OkHTTP and related SDKs that are in widespread use. This should provide app developers with more time to test and update their libraries before these restrictions are reinstated later in the Developer Preview.
- Fixed an issue where a fatal exception was being thrown by com.android.phone.
Downloads of the latest version of the preview will be available from Google's developer site shortly. If you're in need of the latest version, you can once again follow our guide on manually updating to get the latest bits on your Pixel.
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With all due respect, Android changes really aren't that important and never a rationale to upgrade your phone. I agree Android OS changes are newsworthy, but they are not pragmatic. Let me look... I'm on a Android version 9. Am I missing something? Is my mobile online experience a mess because I'm using Android 9? Of course not is the correct answer. I've no doubt that the business of brainstorming Android OS changes is good business and employs an army of programmers, but the pubic doesn't really care. Having a flagship phone made within the last five years is material to your Android experience, not the latest version of Android. Once the mobile pricing paradigm self corrects and prices come down 20% to 30%, I might have an interest in the latest spec'd out phone... But not enough change has been offered yet.
Yes you are with Android 10, you have better control over what your apps have access to but to be honest iPhone will always have a big advantage over Android in security and privacy.
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