Google released Android 11 Developer Preview after unceremoniously teasing last week. The search giant is giving an initial preview of the next version of Android for the fifth consecutive year. Also, this is the first time that Google is making such a debut in the next version of Android. Whereas in the past, Android developer previews have arrived in March, with Google pushing through earlier this year. It also means that developers get more time to target their app for Android 11.
Here are some important things to note: The developer preview is called Android 11. Unlike Android 10, where the developer preview was initially called Android Q. This is in line with Google’s strategy of not using the alphabet’s name for its mobile operating system. Android 11 is also not jumping directly into beta, but rather getting developer previews first. It is recommended that you do not install this device on your primary Pixel device. The preview is available for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL as well as Android Emulator.
Google also notes that DP1 (RPP1.200123.016) is officially “for developers only and not for daily or consumer use.” If you plan to try this early preview, you will need to manually download the system image and flash it. In the timeline provided, Google notes that the Android beta will be released in May. Since this is Developer Preview 1, there have not been too many changes to try. There are still remnants of Android R branding along the way.