Google has just launched the latest beta of Android 11. The final version will be released "in the coming weeks".
Android 11, coming soon? For several months now, Google has been testing the new version of its operating system, which will be released before the end of the year. And obviously, the wait won't be long now.
Google has been testing Android 11 for several months now. And after entering the second beta phase in July, the firm announced this week the launch of the last beta of the operating system before the release of the final version that will be distributed to the general public.
Developers are invited to finalize the testing of their applications for Android 11. As a reminder, the beta of Google's operating system can be installed on Pixel smartphones, but also on some models manufactured by third parties.
"Stay tuned for the official launch of Android 11 in the coming weeks! In the meantime, we recommend that you complete your testing and release your compatible updates as soon as possible," advises Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, to the developers.
Android 11 will include a numberof exciting new features, such as a new notification interface for messaging, a hub for controlling home automation devices, and a mechanism similar to the Windows recycle bin so that some files can still be recovered even if they've been deleted.
A slightly faster deployment?
Usually, Android updates are as interesting as iOS updates. But while iPhones are updated very quickly as soon as a new version is available, Android updates can linger on smartphones that are not sold by Google (which do not belong to the Pixel range).
Nevertheless, Google assures that there is a positive evolution, thanks to initiatives such as Treble (a new architecture that allows faster updates).
"...] the adoption of Android 10 has been faster than all previous versions of Android. Android 10 was running on 100 million devices 5 months after launch - that's 28% faster than Android Pie," Google said in a post published a few weeks ago.
In 2019, Google also reported on the progress made on the deployment of Android 9, thanks to the Treble project.
"At the end of July 2018, just before the launch of Android 9 Pie in AOSP, Android 8.0 (Oreo) represented 8.9% of the ecosystem. In comparison, at the end of August 2019, just before the launch of Android 10, Android 9 (Pie) represented 22.6% of the ecosystem," the firm explained.
Also, the deployment of Android 11 is expected to be even faster. But if you want to be among the first to benefit from the latest updates of Google's operating system, the best thing to do is to use a Pixel smartphone. And luckily, Google offers mid-range smartphones, like the Pixel 4a