Things aren’t changing much between now and release
Today marks the launch of the second public beta of Android 11, the latest version of the operating system that is expected to be officially launched in the third quarter of this year. With this latest update, Google says it has reached its new “Platform Stability” milestone – meaning that, from the perspective of application developers, the operating system is unlikely to change much between now and its final release. Google did not announce new features for the user as part of its latest beta.
The stability of the platform means that developers can start working on their final Android 11 compatibility updates without having to worry about the platform change between now and the final version. According to Google’s official launch schedule for Android 11, the company plans another beta version next month, which aims to be a candidate for release, before the final launch of Android 11. According to a recent presentation by Google, this final version can be released on September 8.
If you want to try the latest beta, Google says that the beta is available today for Pixel 2, 3, 3A and 4. You can sign up for the beta here and direct downloads are also available. For a summary of all the new features you can expect from Android 11 – including new chat notifications, chat bubbles and enhanced media controls – check out our detailed hands-on view from last month.