Google typically rolls out preview builds of upcoming Android releases in March. IT House learned that Google implemented this feature earlier this year and has released the first developer preview of Android 11, which currently only supports some Pixel phones.
IT House understands that this year’s focus is on the developer part, as there should be no major UI or UX changes in the early iterations (these are expected to be announced at Google’s I/O conference in May). Developers will need to manually flash the entire system image onto the Pixel 2, 3, 3A or 4 for testing purposes.
This release features system-level updates to many new technologies, including improvements in 5G bandwidth and metering, more foldable screen enhancements, better low-latency video decoding for streaming game services such as Stadia, improvements to HEIF Good support and new version API for Google Neural Networks etc.