After quite a few delays, Google finally announced the Android 11 Beta 1 update. These updates could easily be installed on Pixel devices. Furthermore, Project Treble devices could also try it out. However, what is interesting to see is other OEMs like Oppo and Vivo joining this bandwagon. Recently we covered the Oppo Reno Find X2 series getting enrolled in this beta program. And now, Vivo has also made its presence felt. Users of the Vivo iQOO 3 4G and 5G could now install the Android 11 Beta (Android R) on their devices.
Well, to be fair, we weren’t surprised by this news. Last year as well, a bunch of Vivo devices including Vivo X27, Vivo NEX S, and Vivo NEX A welcomed the Android 10 (Q) Beta updates pretty quickly. So it seems the OEM is only continuing this tradition, which is indeed an impressive move. With that said, let’s check out what the latest Android 11 has to offer. After which we would list out the instructions set to download and install Android 11 Beta (Android R) on Vivo iQOO 3, for both the 4G and 5G variants. Let’s begin.
Android 11: What’s New
Here are some of the noteworthy features of Android 11, check it out:
Separate Notification Channels
There is now much-needed clarity in the Notification section. Up until now, the conversations from messaging apps were all messed up with the other app’s notifications. However, Google has now divided the notification sections into three different channels: Conversations, Alerting Notifications, and Silent Notifications. it is the first one that we are most interested in. Now all your messages, from any app, will be present under that section itself, segregated from the others.
Android 11 has also introduced Bubble Conversations for every messaging app. You could drag pace this bubble anywhere on the screen. Does it all sound similar? Well, it is similar to Facebook’s Messenger has to offer.
Media toggles in Quick Settings
The media toggles are now also moved to the Quick Settings. Up until now, it was present in the notification bar itself. As far as the options go, it consists of the same three: Next, Pause and Previous.
New Additions to Power Menu
There have been some pretty nifty additions to the Power Menu as well. You could now control all your smart home appliances right fro the Power menu itself. It has added the smart home control buttons on the said menu. you no longer would need to launch the Google Home app.
New Features in Recent Menu
Three new options have now made its way over to the Recents screen. These are Screenshot, Select, and Share. The first one allows you to take a screenshot of the recent app. The second one gives you the ability to select text from inside the recent apps window. Share, as the name suggests, lets you directly share the captured screenshots.
Some much-needed changes are made to Location permissions as well. You now have three options to choose from While using the app, Only this time, Deny. The second one is the new addition to the list. You could now give location permissions to any app only for one single time.
So these are some of the important features of Android 11. For the complete list, do check out our detailed guide on the said Android build. With that said, here is how you could install Android 11 Beta on the Vivo iQOO 3 4G/5G devices. gran the download link from below and then follow the installation steps.
Vivo iQOO 3 4G/5G Android 11 Beta (Android R) Update
Before we list the instructions, there are some important points to keep in mind. First off, the Android 11 Beta for your Vivo device is available through the Developer Preview Program and is intended for Developers only. If you use this device for daily usage, we would recommend not to try it out. It isn’t in the stage currently to be used as your daily driver. Furthermore, as per the Vivo Android 11 Developer Preview Program release schedule, Android 11 Beta 1 will be released in mid-June 2020. Android 11 Beta 2 will be released in late July 2020. As of now, you could try out the first beta. Here are all the bugs that you are likely to face in this build. After which we will share the download link and the installation instructions for Vivo iQOO 3 4G/5G Android 11 Beta update.
Bugs and Known Issues
- The under-screen fingerprint feature is not available.
- The front lift camera is not available.
- Status Bar icons display exception: camera notch and screen corner are overlapped with the icon.
- When Chrome is started for the first time, “Turn on sync?” screen doesn’t show any existing Google account sign-in information.
- In Settings, the last item is “About emulated device” instead of “About device”. Minor issue.
- [Minor issue] There are 2 system upgrade pages in Settings (One in “Settings > System update”, the other in “Settings > System > Advanced > System update”), the user might be confused.
Download Android 11 Beta for Vivo iQOO 3 4G/5G
- Device: Vivo iQOO 3
- Channel: China Beta
- Version: PD1955F_EX_A_20.06.11
- Android: 11
- Type: Recovery
- Download Android 11 Beta Update for Vivo iQOO 3: 4G Model | 5G Model
Now that you have downloaded the required files, here are the required instructions. Do keep in mind that all your data will be wiped. Therefore, make a complete backup of your device beforehand.
How to Install Android 11 Beta on Vivo iQOO 3 (4G/5G Variants)
- First of all, download the Vivo iQOO3 Developer Preview firmware package from the above link.
- Next, connect your device to PC and switch the phone’s USB Settings to file transfer mode，
- Copy the firmware package to the root directory of Vivo iQOO3 storage.
- Now click on the software package and select the “Update now” option when prompted.
- Finally, wait for the process to be completed. Once that is done, your device should boot to the newly upgraded Android OS.
So with this, we conclude the guide on the Vivo iQOO 3 4G/5G Android 11 Beta (Android R) update. Once you have installed the OS, you might have to set up the device from scratch. Furthermore, the first boot might take up some time, it is completely normal. On that note, do let us know your experiences using the latest iteration of Android on your Vivo device. However, if you have any queries, do let us know in the comments. Rounding off, here are some iPhone Tips and Tricks, PC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Trick that you should check out as well.