Earlier this week, Google scheduled an online event called Android 11 Beta Launch Show on June 3 for showcasing its next major Android build and also releasing the first public beta version. Well, it appears that due to the ongoing turmoil in the US and protests erupting across the nation, Google has postponed the June 3 event indefinitely.
“We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate. We are postponing the June 3rd event and beta release. We’ll be back with more on Android 11, soon,” the official Android Developers Twitter handle has just announced.
However, it appears that not much will change when it comes to the final release schedule of Android 11. “Google tells us this evening that it is not changing the final release schedule for Android 11, which is scheduled for Q3 2020,” reports 9to5Google. Google has promised to reveal more details soon.
Today’s deals include powerful gaming computers, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and more
Deals. The Razer Blade 15 is currently $470 off, meaning you can get the 8th gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage variant for $2130. B&H also has the 12.9in 2018 iPad Pro for $250 off, leaving the Wi-Fi only, 256GB of storage variant for $899. The Sony Xperia 1 is also $152 off, leaving that at $798 for the 128GB of storage configuration. We also have more deals on Acer Predator PCs, Samsung QLED TVs, Soundbars and more in the links in the description.
Samsung Money by Sofi will come to the US later this summer
Samsung just launched a new mobile money management system which pretty much competes with the Apple Card. It’s called Samsung Money by SoFi but unlike the Apple Card, it isn’t really a credit card. It’s actually more of a bank account or credit union where you get a MasterCard debit card that doesn’t show any of your information and it works with the Samsung Pay app. Your Samsung Money account will be FDIC insured for $1.5M and users benefit from Samsung’s “defense-grade” security from Samsung Knox. It’ll be available later this summer exclusively for US customers who own a Galaxy smartphone, Samsung promises a secure experience with no account fees.
The iPhone 11 is now the most popular smartphone in the world
We got some quarter results from Omdia and it just confirms that Apple made a big dent on the market with the iPhone 11. Last year the iPhone XR was the number 1 smartphone for Q1 with 13.6M units shipped, but this year the iPhone 11 surpassed it with 19.5M units, despite the pandemic. The phone that follows is the Samsung Galaxy A51 which sold 6.8M units and the iPhone XR is still in the top 5 with 4.7M units. Omdia still anticipates however, that smartphone sales will be down for the rest of the year due to the pandemic so numbers might change for Q2.
Google reveals Android 11 Beta Launch Show schedule on June 3. Here’s how to watch
Google is finally releasing the first Public Beta of Android 11 on June 3rd during their Beta Launch Show. If you want, you’ll be able to attend via YouTube through the Android Developers channel. The event will focus on the different announcements related to all the new features coming with Android 11, as well as Q&As with Google experts and more. We were also expecting to hear something about the Pixel 4a but with the recent delays that apparently won’t be the case. You can check for the events details in the links in our description. It’s not clear which devices will support the public beta on day one, but if you’re not using a Pixel, yeah that’s gonna be a tough one.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could be launched in August, as it reportedly enters mass production
There’s been several rumors that we’ll finally be getting the Galaxy Fold’s successor with the Note 20 this year. Now we got a new report from a South Korean publication that claims that the Fold 2 has just entered mass production. This means we could start getting some official details as early as June. According to the Insiders, the Fold 2 will bring Samsung’s Ultra Thin Glass and it will cost less, despite upgrading to a 120Hz display. Recently we got some patents from Samsung which described how Samsung plans to make Foldables water resistant but it’s not clear if the Fold 2 will bring this feature. The company is expecting to sell 2.5-3M units this year, surpassing the original Fold.
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We may have to wait until November for the iPhone 12 series
It looks like we will have to wait for the iPhone 12 line-up after all this year. According to a new report, this year’s iPhones might be launched until November due to the pandemic. The report also predicts that Apple has 35M units in production for Q2 of 2020 which is 13% lower than what they had last year, but giving the time, we’re not sure if they’re talking about iPhone 12 production, which would be kind of early, or iPhone 11 production which is likely to take a dip. Regardless, we’re expecting 4 different iPhones, all 4 with OLED displays, 5G connectivity, a smaller notch and a boxier design which is reminiscent of the iPhone 4. We’re also hearing of different spec bumps like up to 6GB of RAM in the Pro models and the base storage at 128GB.
Google will release the first public beta of Android 11 on June 3 during The Android 11 Beta Launch Show. The company has now shared the full schedule of the online event that will also be live-streamed on YouTube via the official Android Developers channel starting at 11:00 am ET (8:30 pm IST) and going through 12:00 pm ET (9:30 pm IST).
The event will be marked with announcements related to all the new features changes coming with Android 11, Q&A sessions with Google’s own Android experts, and even a fun sketchnote skill contest. In addition to user-facing features and UI changes, there will also be announcements focused on developers such as the State of Kotlin on Android, new Android development tools, and more.
Google will hold a total of 12 talks on topics ranging from UX and features to development, commerce, and Google Play hosted by product managers and in-house Android software engineers. You can watch the livestream on June 3 from the link below and also set a reminder for the same as well.
Android 10 might not even be running on 10% of the Android devices as of now, but we are already progressing towards Android 11. The first Android 11 Developer Preview landed in the middle of February. And, Google surprised us with a fourth Developer Preview on May 6.
The company has included several new features in the early builds of the OS. However, we are not encouraging you to install the Android 11 preview on your phone just yet. You are likely to run into bugs and performance issues.
So, let us take a look at what we can expect from the final build of Android 11.
Android 11 features
Native screen recording
Google has been playing around with this feature since the early builds of Android 10. Now, a new Screen Record icon is present in the Quick Settings selections on top of the display. We expect the feature to make it to the final version this time around.
Chat Bubbles in Android 11
Bubbles are basically like Facebook Messenger chat heads but for other apps. The feature was actually launched with Android 10. However, Google is finally bringing it to the forefront. It works with apps like Telegram and WhatsApp just fine.
Share menu pinning
The feature was introduced with Android 7 Nougat. However, the recent Android sharing menu has been a mess. In a bid to counter this, Android 11 will allow you to pin four apps you share to the most frequently, to the top of share menu.
Mute notifications while video recording
Notifications can be irritating at times, especially when you are trying to click cute pictures of your pet. With Android 11, Google is introducing a new camera API called setCameraAudioRestriction(). It will enable developers to allow their apps to mute sounds, vibrations, or both while the camera app is open.
Airplane mode no longer kills Bluetooth
Up until Android 10, turning on Airplane mode would also kill the Bluetooth. However, it’s changing with Android 11. Now, Bluetooth stays on when Airplane mode is activated.
Android doesn’t allow you to review the notifications you have dismissed. However, that’s changing with Android 11. The new OS will you to effectively replicate all the notifications you dismissed in the Notification History feature.
Revoking permissions for unused apps
There is a new feature within the “App Permissions” section of each app. Enabling the option will automatically revoke all permissions for the app if you haven’t used it for “a few months.”
Variable refresh rate
High refresh rate displays have been trending lately. And, Android 11 will let you set a preferred frame rate for each window of apps and games. On devices that support variable refresh rates, the system will use the app’s preferred frame rate.
Android 10 lets apps grab your location, microphone, or camera data only while the app is open. Now, with Android 11 you will be able to approve those permissions just a single time and the OS will revoke the permission later.
Resume on boot
This feature lets applications access Credential Encrypted (CE) storage after the OTA reboot without the user needing to unlock the device first. In layman terms, it means that the apps can resume normal functionality and receive messages right away.
Improved Project Mainline in Android 11
Android 10 brought the ability to update parts of Android right through the Play Store. Now, the upcoming Android OS will allow even more parts of Android to get updates without needing to send out a full OTA.
Better curved display support
You know how apps and things like keyboards spill over the edges on curved displays? It will change with the upcoming OS as it will let developers specify the interactive area of a screen.
Android 11 will cope with new technologies including foldable devices, 5G and in a better way. It also includes low-latency video decoding for game streaming services such as Google Stadia.
Scoped storage was also present in the beta builds of Android 10. Basically, in the interest of better security, the system allows app to only have access to certain parts of the filesystem. Google says it has acknowledged the issues and will give more time to developers to fully transition to the new system.
More Android 11 features in the latest developer preview include:
Select button in the recent apps overview. The Developer Preview 3 revamped the recent apps overview by adding a “screenshot” and “share” button. Now, the latest Developer Preview adds another “select” button.
Resizeable picture-in-picture windows. The Android 11 Developer Preview 4 lets you resize a picture-in-picture window by simply tapping right outside one of the four corners and then dragging inward or outward.
More icon shapes in Pixel Themes. Google introduced the Pixel Themes app alongside Pixel 4. Now, it is receiving two new icon shape options: Hexagon and Flower.
The preview shows notification counts. You will now see a number next to the expand arrow in case if you have multiple notifications. It is easy to see how many messages you have pending to be read in the conversation.
Pixel 4-specific new Motion Sense option. The Motion Sense feature on Pixel 4 hasn’t evolved much since its debut. Now, Google is adding a new way to use the feature. You can now tap the air above the phone to pause your music. It allows you to hover your hand over the phone to pause a track, and hover it once again to start playing it again.
Android 11 release date
Google has outlined three Android 11 beta builds that it expects to release over the coming months.
Beta 1: Initial beta-quality release, over-the-air update to early adopters who enroll in Android Beta. Expected launch date: June 3, 2020
Beta 2: Platform Stability milestone. Final APIs and behaviors. Play publishing opens. Expected launch date: Early July 2020
Beta 3: Release candidate build. Expected launch date: Early August 2020
When it comes to software updates, mid-range and budget phones are often put on the backburner, leaving them a hot mess of unresolved issues and devoid of new features. But TCL is trying to make a statement here by promising at least one major OS upgrade to Android 11 and two years of security updates for the TCL 10L and 10 Pro mid-rangers.
“We can confirm both the TCL 10 Pro and TCL 10L will, at minimum, receive one major OS update as well as SMR updates every two months for 2 years,” a TCL spokesperson was quoted as saying by XDA-Developers. To recall, TCL 10 and its Pro sibling were launched last month packing some decent hardware at an affordable price.
Both the phones have a quad-camera setup at the back, with the TCL 10L using a 48MP main snapper while the TCL 10 Pro features a 64MP primary camera. The TCL 10L is powered by the Snapdragon 665 chip and is priced at $249, while the TCL 10 Pro relies on the Snapdragon 675 chip and costs $449 in the US.