Android 10 is still a utopia for many users, but it was inevitable that the developers at Google start to work on Android 11. The new update will be officially available in 2020, probably at the end of the summer, but we can already get an idea of the roadmap and future features.
Android 11: Which release date?
Yes, it is still too early to discuss the release date of Android 11 as the 10 is only available for three months and on a limited number of devices. While Google, manufacturers, and operators are working to extend the update to Android 10, we can already imagine the 11 in outline.
It will be until the spring of 2020 to get your hands on the first beta version of Android and it is probably only during the Google I / O in May that will be unveiled some of the features of the new operating system. Google will make various beta versions ever more complete until the official release of the final software between August and September.
In addition to the Google Pixel ( Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL), some devices will be selected to be part of the beta test program (probably at from phase 3) to help improve the final version.
Android 11: the features unveiled
Android 11 can only integrate new features compared to 10. As always it will be necessary to wait for the final version of the software to know the new features specific to Android 11 but over the next few months, we will not miss the few leaks that will allow us to let us know in advance what’s new with Google.
The Scoped Storage
This feature should have been part of Android 10 but Google decided to take a little more time before making it available and put it on standby until phase 3 of the beta. Scoped Storage aims to optimize reading speed and privacy. How? By generating a directory dedicated to the folders created by the app in use in which it can read and overwrite any file without authorization of the user. The important thing to know: this space is not accessible to external apps, only the one in question. This is a privacy and security feature, but it will also make the reading process faster.
Airplane and Bluetooth mode
According to the findings of the Xda developer team in the operating system source code, one of the new features of Android 11 could be that Bluetooth will not be automatically disabled with airplane mode.
This is not big news, but for anyone who travels often by plane listening to music via Bluetooth will appreciate it.
Android 11 could allow basic to take extended screenshots without having to go through a third-party application. The leak comes directly from a tweet from Dave Burke, one of the Google team engineers. This feature is currently available on some devices but Android 11 could make it native.
Android 11: What we would like to see
An alternative to Android Beam
Android Beam allowed you to transfer files from one device to another via the NFC. This has never been a particularly popular feature among users and, considering the solutions implemented by the manufacturers themselves.
I do not think it is missing too many people, but it would be nice if Google decided to offer on Android 11 a more effective alternative.
What features do you expect to find on Android 11, and which ones would you like Google to put in place?