Google has announced that it will hold an online event in June to unveil the beta for the next version of the Android OS – Android 11.
The event has been scheduled for June 3, and several keynotes will take place, including one offered by the Android vice-president of engineering and one held by the senior director of product management. Live questions & answers sessions, and technical talks were also mentioned.
In the past, the beta version of the upcoming update was revealed during the Google I/O event, the largest developer conference for Android developers, and the biggest annual event held by Google. However, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of the physical event, and it appears that Google has decided to replace it with an online event. Many tech companies have already implemented this decision.
What to expect from the next Android 11 Beta
A selection of preview builds already available, offering app developers the chance to become familiar with the software and the new features that will be implemented.
One of the most anticipated changes is the introduction of enhancing privacy features. Users will now have the ability to grant one-time access to location, microphone, and camera data instead of having to customize the settings manually. The permission can be requested every time the app is loaded, which is a great boon for users who want to use an app regularly without granting permanent access to the required data.
Another change will tackle robocalls, which have become a significant nuisance. Android 11 will empower call-screening apps to verify the status of the call and attempt to track down any spoofing attempts. Android remains the most popular smartphone OS in the world, as it powers 9 out of 10 smartphones. Google remains hard work on improvements that will increase the speed at which updates are delivered.