After launching Android 10 this year officially, Google is working on the next upcoming Android OS version which will be the 11th generation of Android OS. As this year Google has confirmed that from Android 10 there will be no other official dessert item name available for Android versions. However, the developer beta updates may come with alphabetical orders. While Android 10 offers improved UI, privacy & security features, app permission control, foldable support, dark theme, gestures, etc. What we can expect from Android 11 next year.
There are already so many expectations, leaks, and rumors that are coming out about the upcoming Android version features and improvements. Though Google hasn’t officially announced any development process or new features yet. It will arrive as a developer preview in mid-2020 and the official final stable update will release around by September 2020 for the eligible Pixel devices. Then rest of the eligible smartphones from other brands will start getting the update via batches up to 2021.
Android 11 Release Date (Expected)
Google officially reveals its products, new Android OS version with features, Pixel devices, other Google products or services at Google I/O event in May at Mountain View, California. The Google I/O conference held every year as the developer conference.
So, the upcoming Android 11 version will be announced at that event and then Pixel series devices and other non-Pixel flagship devices will start receiving the Developer Preview Beta updates gradually. Google every year releases the Developer Preview Beta updates in 5 batches for a couple of months to test out the stability, features, and fix bugs with every update. Then the final stable version will be officially announced by Google at the near end of the year. That means Android 11 stable might launch in Q4, 2020.
Android 11 Features (Expected)
Currently, there is only one upcoming feature that we can expect called ‘Scoped Storage’. This was supposed to be implemented on Android 10 but due to some issues, Google developers removed it.
That means the Scoped Storage feature will come in Android 11 most probably. It works offers similar kinds of experience like Google Files app that clears junk files, removes temporary and duplicate files. It also offers file manager kind of features for accessing files quickly. The feature will work more efficiently and automatically to keep free the memory and space available for smoother user experience.
Additionally, we can expect some of the more features and improvements in the next Android version.
- Android Beam: There is no support for Android Beam in Android 10. Android Beam offers easy file sharing options over NFC. Now, most of the Android devices do come with NFC connectivity. So, it will be good enough to bring this feature back to Android 11.
- Dark Theme Improvements: Dark Theme is only applicable for AMOLED display devices. It reduces the battery drain and eye-strain as well. It isn’t for everyone. However, on Android 10 there are so many third-party apps that can’t convert to dark mode. Google has to fix that. While iOS 13 and MIUI 11 offers scheduled/automatic dark mode according to the timer or day/night. That should also be implemented for every Android 11 running device.
- Chat Bubble and Smart Reply: These are some of the most useful features on Android 10. But not each and every chat application works properly. Google should extend it to every chat apps.
- Back to Home Screen Support: Currently, in Android 10, the new gesture navigation for go to the home screen and back to previous works fine. But if the user has multiple home screen tabs/pages, then back to home screen doesn’t take it to the first page or the default home screen. Google needs to address that.
- Unlimited Video Recording Size: The upcoming Android 11 may remove the file size for the video recordings on Android of 4GB. Meanwhile, more and more Android devices will soon support 8K video recordings that will occupy the storage quite faster than the 1080p or 4K videos. Therefore, the traditional video recording size up to 4GB limit may adjust the settings to a specific value. But the users should also keep in mind that their device storage should be larger.
- Native Wireless ADB: ADB is a necessary tool for Android developers for debugging applications. It helps to generate logs, push & pull files, enter in command shell, sideloading APKs, etc. Whereas, ADB also gives users control of a connected device via PC. With the native ADB connection via TCP/IP, ADB can be used wirelessly. The wireless ADB won’t come in handy if your device doesn’t have a Static IP address. Google plans to add a ‘wireless debugging’ option in the Developer options that supports pairing devices over scanning QR code or entering a 6-digit code.
Wireless ADB strings for Android 11
- XDA Recognized Developer phhusson has mentioned that ADB has support for multicast DNS. So, it can possible to connect ADB wirelessly without any device’s IP address. However, there is no official confirmation on it.
- The new App Compatibility Developer Option will help the developers to test out the new platform changes easily. Every time when Google launches a new Android version, the Android app developers need to read all the changes and documentation. Then they can update their apps to add new API features to update their apps from the older version. Now, the app developers can use ADB commands to test their apps how they run in the background on a new Android version.
- Dark Mode Scheduling: Just like the iOS 13, the Android R may offer a scheduled dark mode option whether to run the dark theme or not. According to the timezone, the system will automatically detect the day & night condition and implement the dark theme to the whole system. Though in Android 10, the dark mode is available but there is no option to set timeframe.
- The Airplane Mode on Android 11 may finally stop turning off the Bluetooth Audio. The radios in the phone can interfere with airplanes, and this feature will turn off the radio without turning off the phone completely. The Bluetooth won’t turn off automatically while running Airplane mode in situations like Bluetooth A2DP is connected and BT Hearing Aid profile is connected.
These are some of the expected features that we can want in Android 11 as a successor of the Android 10. However, there will be more features and improvements added. We will keep updating the article whenever a new leak or speculation comes out.
Till then, stay tuned for more info.