Google Releases Android 11 Developer Preview 4; Delays Android 11 Beta


It appears the Coronavirus Pandemic has hit Google hard. The tech giant earlier canceled the iconic Google I/O event; it is now tweaking the Android 11 release date timeline.

Android 11 Beta 1

This month, Google was supposed to launch the Android 11 first beta version. However, according to a teaser published on Android developer’s YouTube channel, the Android 11 Beta 1 release has been rescheduled for June 3.

Google will hold a virtual conference dubbed “Android 11: The Beta Launch Show.” The event will start at 11 am ET (8:30 pm IST) and will likely cover the Google I/O 2020 announcements.

As per the new Android 11 release schedule, Android Beta 1 will launch on June 3, Beta 2 will come in July, and Beta 3 in August.

Android 11 new timeline

Android 11 Developer Preview 4 (DP4)

Meanwhile, Google has unexpectedly released Android 11 Developer Preview 4. Since Android 11 DP3 came out just a few days ago, the build doesn’t bundle any mind-boggling features.

Regardless, there are small features that are worth mentioning. One big change noticed by 9to5Google is users can now re-size the picture-in-picture floating window. A simple tap and drag on the window corners would do the trick.

The incredible feature of undoing app removals from the app switcher has been removed. Google has added a “Select” option to the multitasking tab, which highlights shareable text.

Android 11 Select Dp4
Source: 9to5Google

This will help users copy or share a small section of text without going back to the actual app. I would say it will save you at least three seconds. Android 11 DP4 comes with two new icon shapes — a hexagon and also a quatrefoil.

New icon shapes Android 11 DP4

Google has also removed the Android 11 DP3 feature that allowed users to dismiss persistent notifications. Apart from that, the build includes a few bug fixes and performance improvements.

Like all previous Android 11 builds, DP4 is only available on the Google Pixel 2/2XL, Pixel 3/3XL, and Pixel 4/4XL. For non-pixel users, Google will likely open the Beta program along with the launch of Android 11’s first beta.

Charanjeet Singh

Charanjeet Singh

Charanjeet owns an iPhone but his love for Android customization lives on. If you ever ask him to choose between an iPhone, Pixel or Xiaomi; better if you don't.
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