Android 11 Beta 2 Arrives

Posted on July 8, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Android with 3 Comments

Google today announced the availability of Android 11 Beta 2 and the platform stability milestone at which its APIs are finalized.

“Today we’re pushing out the second Beta of Android 11 for you to try,” Google vice president Dave Burke announced. “This release takes us to the Platform Stability milestone, which means that Android 11’s APIs and behaviors are finalized. For developers, it’s time to get started on your final compatibility updates and publish them in time for the official release later in Q3.”

(Burke doesn’t mention this, but the latest leak suggests the official release will be September 8.)

Google released Android 11 Beta 1 one month ago following three Developer Previews. The firm says that this version focuses on making Android more people-centric and expressive, helping users control their smart devices, and giving them even more control over sensitive permissions. There are new APIs for features such as Conversations, Bubbles, Device Controls, and Media Controls.

“Platform Stability means that all app-facing surfaces and behaviors are now final in Android 11,” Burke explains. “This includes not only final SDK and NDK APIs, but also final system behaviors and restrictions on non-SDK interfaces that may affect apps. So from Beta 2, you can release compatibility updates with confidence that the platform won’t change.”

Developers with a Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, or 4 can get Android 11 Beta 2 by enrolling online, but those who have already configured a device for an earlier release will get Beta 2 via an over-the-air update.

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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Android 11 Beta 2 Arrives”

  1. anderb

    Maybe they're holding the Pixel 4a back until 11 is done so they can be launched together.

    • wright_is

      In reply to anderb:

      Now that it is so late, maybe they will skip the 4a altogether and rebrand it the 5a, for a simultaneous launch with the Pixel 5?

      • anderb

        In reply to wright_is:

        Maybe but they've already made a bunch of them and readied them for retail sale. I can't see them being recalled and repacked in a new box.

        There are reports now it has been pushed back to September and will be launched alongside Android 11, the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.