XDAs Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) has received DM from a couple of Twitter users
which says that they have got the first beta version of Android 11 on their Pixel 4 XL units. One of the two even sent Rahman a screenshot showing that the files for the update weigh in at 736 MB. Originally, the first beta of Android 11 was expected to be released last month during the Google I / O Developers Conference. But the COVID-1
9 pandemic forced Google to cancel the annual deal and the company decided to move the beta to June 3.
Google has yet to announce a new date for the first official Android 11 beta launch
But fate rose again on Saturday when Google announced it was to postpone the launch of the first Android 11 beta. The delay had nothing to do with the corona virus, but everything to do with the social unrest that spread across the United States Friday night and all day Saturday. Google has not yet announced a new release date, but the updates received by the two Pixel 4 XL users have the building number for RPB1.200504.018.
Some Pixel 4 XL owners got the first Android 11 beta update by mistake
2016, some Nexus 6P users got Android 7.0 before the last official release. However, that update was an internal dog production that stated “Confidential Internal Only.” That label is missing from the Android 11 beta update received today by Rahman’s sources. This indicates that what has leaked here is a version of the beta version intended for public consumption.
Three new icons for Android 11 appear in the first beta update
The XDA printer also shared some of the new Android features (new since the latest developer preview) that were shared with him. It looks like there will be three new icon shapes including IconShapeVessel, IconShapeTaperedRect and IconShapePebble. Another change appears when an Android 11 user presses the power button for a long time. A new menu called Quick Control allows the user to control their smart home devices and more. Android 11 also allows users to check app suggestions they receive from the Pixel launcher. These are based on the user’s most recently used apps, the most commonly used apps and routines. Suggested apps that Google thinks you open next can be made to appear at the bottom of the homepage.
Get Android app suggestions at the bottom of the homepage
This boo-boo from Google may result in the company releasing beta on June 3 after all, or not for long afterwards. When that happens, the owner of Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4 also Pixel 4 XL can join the Android 11 beta program. Pixel users will be able to open the site for the Android Beta application and simply tap on the model they own to receive the update OTA. But there is a huge warning. Once you have installed beta on your phone, you are stuck in the program and must receive all beta versions until the final version is dropped unless you are willing to reset the handset from the factory. And given how buggy these beta versions tend to be in the beginning, we recommend that you do not join the beta program with your daily driver until the third beta is released. We did it last year with our Pixel 2 XL and it worked like a charm.
Along the way, there will be other phones besides Pixel models that may join the program. For example, last year phones such as the Asus ZenFone 5Z, Essential Phone, Huawei Mate 20 Pro (seems strange to see in mid-2020), LG G8 ThinQ, Nokia 8.1, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, Oppo Reno, Realme 3 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ3, Tecno Spark 3 Pro, Vivo X27, Vivo Nex A, Xiaomi Mi 9 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G were allowed to install a late beta version of Android 10. Which phones will join the Android 11 beta will be revealed at a later date.