Google Releases Android 11 Beta 3

Posted on August 6, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Dev with 4 Comments

Google today released the third and final beta of Android 11 and says that the final Android 11 release is coming very soon.

“As we put the finishing touches on the new platform, today we’re bringing you Beta 3, our last update in this year’s preview cycle,” Google vice president Dave Burke writes in the announcement post. “For developers, now is the time to make sure your apps are ready, before we bring the official release to consumers.”

Android 11 Beta 3—which is alternatively referred to as a release candidate, since the product reached platform stability at Beta 2—ships with the final Android 11 SDK and NDK APIs, plus the Exposure Notifications System, which it created in partnership with Apple to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

Android 11 Beta 3 is available on Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4 handsets, and will be available soon on Pixel 4a as well, Burke notes. The official Android 11 launch is “coming in the weeks ahead,” he adds.

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4 responses to “Google Releases Android 11 Beta 3”

  1. wbhite

    Here's a sure sign that I'm getting older: In the past, I would have jumped on this beta and installed it on my daily driver (currently a Pixel 2). Now that I'm older (or more jaded), I'll wait for the official release (and no, I won't be spamming the "Check for Updates" button, either).

  2. compuser

    My phone, a Moto G7, just got updated to 10 about a month ago. Unfortunately, when it did, the phone no longer received G4/LTE connectivity. If it connected to a mobile network at all, it was G3 at best. Fortunately, Motorola replaced the phone, the new phone is Android 9, and it works perfectly. Unfortunately, the new phone gives me a full screen reminder every time I unlock it that Android 10 is available, I don't know how to not get that, and I'm afraid to let it install. Fortunately, I found the turn off auto update setting in developer options. I guess it's the circle of Android life.

    • ghostrider

      In reply to CompUser:

      Been running Android 10 (upgraded from 9) on my Pixel 3a for months now. Update was painless, and it's been very reliable. I've had Moto phones in the past, and the upgrades they push out are usually very good. It will likely be the only major upgrade Moto push out for your phone too, so you might as well take it.

      • compuser

        In reply to ghostrider:

        Yea, the upgrade was painless on my G7 as well, if only it hadn't broken the phone. But it did, so I'd rather stick with Android 9 than have a cell phone that struggles to hold on to G3 mobile connectivity. I've asked Motorola if the new phone they sent has newer firmware, or some other difference from the old one, that would allow me to upgrade it to Android 10 without it breaking the phone. If they don't respond, or they do respond but can't assure me that it's safe, I won't do it. I'll try finding a way to turn the nagging upgrade notification off (so far I haven't found it if it exists), or worst case, I'll revert back to my old phone (an LG Stylo 4), which is in perfectly good condition and works fine anyway.

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