Google accidentally posts Android 11 dev preview page, then takes it down

Ruben Fields
February 14, 2020

Google will likely release the very first Android 11 beta, the Developer Preview kind of early OS release that targets app developers, in a short while. Though the page does not reveal much of Android 11 features, it does mention that the software will include "stronger protections for user privacy" as well as "extended support for foldable". These could all be number changes from Android 10 or Android Q to "Android 11", but Google probably wouldn't start this transition if they weren't about to drop it on us.

Google's next major Android version is just around the corner, and I'm not talking about the highly-anticipated I/O 2020 big reveal. But it's a reminder that we'll not see a sweet treat name for Android again, and 11 will be the second version to be simply numerical. Moreover, a Google-made alternative to Apple's AirDrop sharing feature also leaked.

Express Tech is now on Telegram. But nothing was official, and it still isn't, given that Google pulled the Android 11 Developer Preview announcement.

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At last year's I/O, Google also unveiled hardware products including Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL smartphones as well as Nest Hub Max home speaker. At least that's what Google's latest misstep suggests.

The Indian Express is now on Telegram.

Of course, since the company hasn't made any official announcements on this issue yet, the change was nearly certainly a mistake on someone's part, and Google has now taken down the Android Developer Preview page in its entirety.

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