The Android upgrades are gathering pace now. While there were a few initial hiccups, it seems everything is back on track, and pretty fast as well. Earlier, a few big players in the market like Google and Samsung were the front-runners in quickly adopting the latest Android upgrades. However, the landscape has witnessed a tectonic shift and the relatively new OEMs are now following this trend too. The OEMs like Oppo and Vivo are now the force to reckon with as well. In this regard. Vivo has just welcomed the Android 11 Beta update to its NEX 3S device.
Well, one shouldn’t be surprised by this news considering the great track-records that they are following. Just a few days, back another Vivo device, the iQOO 3 (4G/5G) was blessed with the said update as well. The other OEMs part of this BBK Electronics, Oppo and OnePlus have also announced the latest updates for their devices. The Oppo Reno Find X2 and X2 Pro and the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are some of the other devices to get a taste of the same.
Coming back to Vivo, the Android 11 Beta update has just landed on the NEX 3S device as well. In this guide, we will be sharing the download link as well as the installation instructions. But before we do so, let us make you acquainted with some of the noteworthy features of the Android 11 build. Likewise, there are a few prerequisites that you should keep in mind before you go ahead with the download. So, here is everything you need to be aware of.
Table of Contents
- 1 Android 11: What’s New?
- 2 Android 11 Beta Update for Vivo NEX 3
Android 11: What’s New?
Here are some of the new and interesting features of Android 11. Check it out!
Media toggles in Quick Settings
The media toggles have now been moved to the Quick Settings panel. Till now, it was present in the notification bar itself. As far as the options go, it consists of these three toggles: Next, Pause and Previous.
Some much-needed changes are made to Location permissions as well. Now, there are three options to choose from, namely: 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 just for one single time.
Separate Notification Channels
Finally, 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. This really made it difficult to find the more important 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. With this new change, all your messages (from all apps) will be present under that section itself, segregated from the others.
New Additions to Power Menu
There have been some pretty nifty additions to the Power Menu as well. All your smart home appliances could be controlled right from the Power menu itself. It has added the smart home control buttons on this menu. You no longer need to launch the Google Home app.
New Features in Recent Menu
Three new options have now made its way over to the Recent screen. These are the 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, is self-explanatory in itself.
Android 11 has also introduced Bubble Conversations for every messaging app. You could drag and place these chat bubbles anywhere on the screen. Does it all sound similar? Well, it is similar to Facebook’s Messenger has to offer.
Well, these are just some of the important features of Android 11. For the complete list, do check out our detailed guide on the said Android build. On that note, here is how you could install Android 11 Beta on the Vivo NEX 3S. Take the download link below and then follow the installation steps.
Android 11 Beta Update for Vivo NEX 3
Before we list out the instructions, there are some pretty points to keep in mind. First of all, this is a Developer version and might be buggy and unstable. Being a developer preview version, it is intended for the developers only. If you anyways wish to try it out, you might have to trade-off with stability. This version isn’t intended to be used as a daily driver. Furthermore, there are quite a few bugs with this update itself. So before you go ahead with the installation steps, rest your decision on whether you are ready to use your device with the following bugs:
- The off-screen fingerprint function cannot be used.
- The front lift camera is not available.
- The status bar display is abnormal: the camera hole and the rounded corner of the screen overlap the position of the status bar icon.
- The first time you start the Chrome browser, the “Turn on sync?” interface does not display the existing Google account login information.
- In the settings, the last item is About an emulated device, not About device.
- There are 2 system upgrade pages in the settings (one in “Settings> System update” and the other in “Settings> System> Advanced> System update”), users may be confused.
This is the first beta build. As per the Vivo timeline, they will release one more beta update in the second half of July. With that said, here is how to install the Android 11 Beta update on Vivo NEX 3S. Follow along.
Download Android 11 Update Package
- Device: Vivo NEX 3S
- Channel: China Beta
- Version: PD1950_A_20.06.11
- Android: 11
- Type: Recovery
- Download: Link
- MD5: 747c6eb2aa15b10065959d93dad72dbd
Now that you have downloaded the said build, here are the required installation instructions.
How to Install Android 11 Beta on Vivo NEX 3S
Before we list out the steps, it is highly recommended to take a complete backup of your Vivo device. This is because the below process will wipe off all the data present on your device. Once that is done, proceed with the below steps:
- Download the Vivo NEX 3S Developer Preview firmware package above and save it in the root directory.
- If you downloaded on a PC, transfer it to the root folder using a USB cable.
- Navigate to the downloaded file and tap on the software package, then select “Update now” when prompted.
- Wait for the upgrade to be completed.
So this was all from this guide on the Vivo NEX 3S Android 11 Beta update. Do keep in mind that the first boot might take up some time, it is completely normal. Furthermore, you might have to set up your device from scratch, as a reset will have been taken place. On that note, do let us know your views in the comments regarding the latest Android build on your Vivo device. 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.