[Beta 3 released] Android 11 (Android R) beta 1 update accidentally made available for some Google Pixel 4XL devices
This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..
Original story (from June 02) follows:
With the seemingly never-ending global crisis that is the Corona Virus, many aspects of our lives have been affected and Big-Tech hasn’t been spared either.
As a tradition, by now we should have seen Google I/O 2020 in May, with the launch of developer previews and even Public Beta builds for Android R (Android 11). But of course, that never materialized due to this era of social distancing that is quickly becoming our new reality.
Initially, Google had plans to roll out the Android 11 Beta update on June 3. However, it seems like Google just cannot catch a break. Due to public unrest all across the US, Google had to, once again, postpone the rollout of this Android 11 Beta builds.
It now appears as though some Pixel 4 XL users have started receiving the Android 11 Beta update after all. In a few reports sent to XDA by a section of Pixel 4 XL users, a number of them have reported receiving an Android 11 beta build that bears the software version number RPB1.200504.018.
The updates, despite bearing the same software version number, weigh differently. One is almost 700MB while the other reported case weighs a little over 100MB.
We shall continue to monitor the development of this story and update accordingly. Did Google decide to skip the Android 11 Beta launch event altogether and go straight to rolling out the Beta build?
Was this an accidental roll out of pre-released software? Only time will tell. This is not the first time Google’s devices are getting new Android Betas before the official rollout. PhoneArena notes that the same happened with Nexus 6P and Android 7 back in 2016.
Update 1 (June 11)
The Android 11 beta 1 update (RPB1.200504.018) is now live for the early adopters.
Update 2 (July 9)
Google has just released Android 11 Beta 2. This update doesn’t bring much in terms of changes/features as focus now seems to have shifted to making Android 11 Stable.
Android 11 Beta builds are currently available for Google Pixel 4/4XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 3/3 XL, and Pixel 2/2 XL only. You can download the updated system images for these devices here.
Update 3 (July 23)
Google has now released a new update for the Android 11 beta 2. It comes as Android 11 beta 2.5 with the build number RPB2.200611.012. Further, it brings the July security patch. This is a minor update carrying a few bug fixes. The OTA size for it is only 5.17MB.
Here’s the changelog for the Android 11 beta 2.5 update:
– Fixed issues that prevented a user from hearing or recording audio in apps after they made a VoIP call.
– The notification drawer no longer fails to appear sometimes when a user swipes down from the top of the screen. (Issue #159768228)
– The screen no longer flickers on some devices when the screen is set to a low brightness level. (Issue #156051413)
– Fixed various issues that could cause devices to reboot intermittently. (Issue #159888167)
– The navigation bar no longer appears in cases when it wouldn’t normally display, such as during a device restart. (Issue #159592365)
– Some Pixel 4/XL devices that have taken more than one Android 11 update are no longer blocked from receiving an OTA back to Android 10. (Issue #158765677)
– Video recording is no longer interrupted sometimes when using the Camera app. (Issue #159185509)
– The Dialer app no longer uses the speakerphone sometimes as the default audio device. (Issue #159203518)
– In the Messages app, the RCS chat features no longer get stuck sometimes in the Connecting state. (Issue #159786769)
Update 4 (August 7)
Google has officially released the Android 11 beta 3 update as build number RPB3.200720.005. It also brings the August security patch and Google Play services version 20.24.14. The update brings a bunch of fixes and improvements that you can see in the changelog below:
Package visibility: When you declare an intent filter for browser apps, your app gains visibility into browser apps on the device. In previous versions, this intent filter gave apps visibility into a broader set of apps. (Issue #158914189)
Fixed app stability issues that were caused by upgrading the version of SQLite that is used by the Android platform from 3.22 to 3.28.
Fixed an issue that prevented some apps from connecting to the internet when the device was using cellular data.
Fixed an issue that interfered with some apps’ ability to determine a device’s GPS location.
Fixed an issue with SurfaceTexture that was causing some apps to crash intermittently.
The Google app, Google search bar, or Discover feed no longer sometimes freeze or become unresponsive. (Issue #159192774)
Some labels in the Pixel launcher Home settings no longer display incorrectly. (Issue #160946862)
Users are no longer blocked from upgrading the Photos app to the latest version. (Issue #160848917)
Top open issues
Users might encounter the following issues when using Android 11 Beta 3:
On Pixel devices when using another default launcher, gesture navigation actions can sometimes launch the Pixel launcher instead of the default launcher. (Issue #160859801)
On some devices, the Camera app can sometimes crash when a user attempts to take a photo or video. (Issue #158818461)
The screen sometimes fails to auto-rotate when using the YouTube app. (Issue #159098879)
NOTE: We have these and many more Android 11 stories in our dedicated Android 11 section.
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