Google has released a developer preview of Android 11 for its Pixel phones, adding a range of new features including support for 5G and tidier notifications.
The new APIs will allows developers to take advantage of the faster speeds that 5G brings and to develop apps that work with new screen form factors such as a pinhole cutout for the selfie camera or a "waterfall" design where the screen wraps around the edges.
Google has also announced improvements in terms of privacy. In future, users will be able to grant an app temporary permission to access the device's camera, microphone or location. This one-time permission will expire when the app is closed.
In addition, Android 11 will support a dedicated conversation section in notifications, bubbles to keep conversations in view while multi-tasking, and the ability to insert images into notification replies.
The current preview is for developers only. It is expected that the fully developed consumer version of Android 11 won't be released until the autumn. – dpa