Google made the next beta version of version of Android available to developers a month earlier than it normally does. As of now, there are just a handful of UI changes and most of them are intended for developers to take advantage. More changes will likely come in the future. It is currently available to be installed on Google’s Pixel 2 or later devices. Do not install on your regular daily smartphone unless you have a spare device you would like to play around with. It is highly unstable.
Here is a list of some of its features:
- Bubbles – This allows any messaging apps to appear in a floating bubbling icon on your home screen or over the application that you are currently using. This was to debut in Android 10 but it did not make it to the final version. It is similar to FaceBook’s messaging app. This has now been built to the system by default and other messaging applications can take advantage of it.
- Improved Applications Permission – When an app asks for permission to use some of your phone’s features like a camera, microphone, etc. You can now give it only once.
- Screen recording.
- Dark Mode has automated settings
- Touch screen sensitivity option – Useful when you have a screen protector installed.
- Pinning apps to the top of the share sheet.
- 5G optimization
- Better support for Scoped storage – Android will put apps into their bins so they do not interact with other apps.
- Support for different screen types – Foldables like Samsung Galaxy Fold and Z Flip, waterfall displays, etc.
- Spam call detection and avoidance.
- Updating Android through the Play Store.
It is worth noting that a lot of these will change as more Beta versions of Android are rolled out. This is not the final list of versions and i will keep updating them as more features are included.