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Android 11 to limit third-party camera apps, Google citing location spying concern

Android 11 will usher in a change in the way apps access the camera. Google claims it's a way to protect user data, but it could hurt third-party camera developers. On August 17, the Android engineering team explained in a bug post that Android 11 would force apps to take photos or videos with a phone's built-in camera app, even if users set a third-party option as their default camera. At the time, the team said they believed it was the "right trade-off to protect the privacy and security of our users." Additionally, the team said that apps that use the camera should explicitly name all third-party camera apps they want to support. Google has now offered a reason for the change: to prevent bad actors from collecting location dat...
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Android 11 introduces a new keyboard-based auto-complete feature

Android added native password autocomplete settings to Android in 9.0 Pie, but Android 11 will improve it significantly. As seen by Android Police, a new Android Developer Resource has appeared with details about the new autocomplete feature. According to the resource, Android 11 will allow "keyboards and other input method editors (IMEs) [to] show autocomplete suggestions online, in a suggestion strip, or something similar. " Currently, the autocomplete function uses a drop-down menu that appears above the username and password input fields. Unfortunately, it can be quite a frustrating option as these drop-down menus can often block the input field or get in the way. The doc also notes that keyboards won't see your login informa...
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OnePlus teasers show Android 11 always-on display, dark mode, and new UI

Multiple OnePlus teaser images shared on Weibo (or filtered out) indicate some of the changes that come with the company's Android 11-based OxygenOS update. The teasers highlight three main things. The first is a "Major Change in User Interface". Unfortunately, it's not immediately clear what this means, but the attached image suggests that OnePlus could mimic Samsung's One UI. Specifically, some OnePlus apps might have a similar design that pushes content to the bottom half of the screen, making it easier to access.OxygenOS 11 looks good! With Always On Display, finally! S pic.twitter.com/khgTjrG61r - Alvin (@sondesix) August 7, 2020in a separate teaser posted on Twitter By the company's CEO, Pete Lau describes the design ...
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Android 11 Easter egg brings back the cat Easter egg from Android Nougat

If you have a Pixel phone and are running the latest Android 11 beta, you can play a little cat game to show off the new features of the OS update. This isn't the first time Google has created a cat minigame as an Easter egg within Android. In 2016, when Android Nougat fell, a game similar to this one was released, although the controls were slightly different. The Easter egg starts when you repeatedly tap the 'Android version' button within the 'About phone' Settings. From there, a large dial appears that looks like the Android 11 logo. You can turn it up and down like an old-school volume dial to make it work. Once you turn the volume up to 11, which takes a few tries, a cat emoji appears. Tap it and a new minigame will appear...
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Android 11 Beta 3 is coming, it will soon be compatible with Pixel 4a

Google started rolling out Android 11 Beta 3 with a surprise release on Thursday. This should be the last beta before the official launch of Android 11 later this summer, according to past rumors, probably on September 8. The search giant considers Beta 3 a "release candidate build," which means that Beta 3 is essentially what users will get when the official Android 11 update is released. For those who wanted to try the beta but stick with at bay for fear of bugs, beta 3 should be the most secure and stable version yet. That being said, expect some bugs and issues as it is still a beta version. Beta 3 is a 'release candidate' also means that almost everything in the beta is finalized and ready for release. For app developers, t...
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Here’s our first real look at OnePlus’ upcoming always-on display feature

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has shared what one of the company's 'Always On Screen' (AOD) designs looks like. OnePlus has been promising in a new Always-on screen since the end of March this year when it became one of the most requested features in its IDEAS program. It appears that the company will reveal the new display feature in full on August 10 when the Final version of its beta version of Android 11 drops. A teaser video of Weibo sHow OnePlus works with the Parsons School of Design in New York to develop fun new designs for always-on displays. The main design that stands out is called 'Time'.It is a long strip that runs through the center of your phone that represents 24 hours a day. The line even changes color to represent sunrise and sunsets throughout the day. The look of t...
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Google will remove album art from lock screen on Android 11

Android has long since shown the album art of music you played on the lock screen. However, with Android 11, Google will remove that feature. According to XDA Developers, Google confirmed in a Problem tracker thread Android 11 would stop showing art on the lock screen. Previously, it appeared that the missing album art was linked to a bug, as it only happened if users enabled face unlock. However, it seems that the change will soon be implemented in Android 11. Unfortunately, Google doesn't offer many reasons why it's making the change. I guess the move is related to the updated Android 11 media controls. If you haven't had a chance to play Android 11 yet, drop the old semi-permanent notification with music playback controls. I...
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OnePlus CEO teases always-on display feature coming with Android 11

OnePlus devices could soon get an always-on display feature — something they’ve lacked for years. In a tweet, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau teased that the feature would arrive with the upcoming Android 11 update. Lau dropped the not-so-subtle “11 ‘on display.'” tweet alongside an image of an analog clock. That clock will likely be one of the options for the new always-on display. The new feature isn’t to be confused with OnePlus’ current display offering, called ‘Ambient display.’ Ambient display activates when users pick up their phone or tap the screen, whereas always-on displays remain on at all times. 9to5Google suggests we may see the feature arrive with an open beta since OnePlus is currently testing its OxygenOS 11 release, includin...
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Android VP teases surprises to come in Android 11

Android VP Dave Burke teased that some surprises are coming with Android 11 that Google hasn’t revealed yet. On top of that, Burke shared the internal dessert name used for Android 11. For the surprises, Burke mentioned them on the All About Android podcast. Host Jason Howell asked Burke about a secret launch feature coming with the Android 11 stable launch. “Since parts of Android are updateable, it allows us to also offer things that don’t have to be baked into the beta. We are also working on a few things I’m quite excited about that will be appearing by the end of the summer, sort of 4-6 weeks,” Burke said on the podcast. Burke discusses Google’s Nearby Share feature, which the company is currently testing via the Play Services...
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Google shows off new Android 11 emoji ahead of World Emoji Day

Ahead of World Emoji Day on July 17th, Google detailed Android 11’s new emoji. There’s a bunch of new emoji, some redesigned ones and Google says it revamped some emoji to look better in dark mode. To start, the company added some very 2020 emoji, including a gravestone, lungs, a toilet plunger and a cockroach.Google also added a new ninja emoji, some tools like saws and ladders, a boomerang, a houseplant and a teapot. In total, there are 117 new emoji — 62 new characters and 55 skin tone and gender variations. Further, Google worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Victoria Bug Zoo to give animals a “more authentic look.” Several animals, including the bison, beaver and polar bear, saw refreshes. Previously, we reported that t...
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Android 11 lets you disable auto-connecting to specific Wi-Fi networks

Android 11 adds a handy new toggle to the Wi-Fi settings that lets users prevent their phone from automatically connecting to a network. The new feature, spotted by Android Police, is present in both Android 11 Beta 1 and Beta 2, and may even have been available in the Developer Preview builds. For those running Android 11, you can access the toggle by heading to the Wi-Fi settings and tapping on a network, then tapping ‘Advanced.’ That will show the ‘Auto-connect’ option. By default, it should be on for all networks. When you toggle the option off, your phone will show that auto-connect is disabled for that network in the settings menu. That makes it easy to see which networks will auto-connect and which won’t.It’s nice to see G...
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Android 11 lets you swipe up from other home screens to return to the main one

Android has launched a new feature that I honestly didn’t know people ever wanted. There’s now a quick way to jump back to the main home screen if you’re on a secondary home page.Before the addition of the new gesture system in Android 10, you’d easily be able to do this by tapping the home button. Now, with Android 11, you can quickly swipe up from the bottom of your display to instantly return to the main home page. You can swipe up from anywhere on the bottom that’s next to the Pixel bar. Swiping above the Pixel bar will bring you to the app drawer. And if your swipe isn’t quick enough, you’ll get directed to the ‘Recents’ overview selection. This new gesture isn’t exactly new. If you’re in an app and wanted to quickly return ...