07 May 2020
Google has started rolling out the Android 11 Developer 3 to its Pixel phones and compared to the last two DPs, the latest one appears to be a minor update.
While Google notes this update offers “bug fixes and a set of productivity improvements,” some experts have managed to dig into the DP3 to tell us more about it. According to Android Central’s findings, the Developer Preview 3 brings more control over Back gesture, there is now a new screenshot UI, big redesign for Recents page, wireless debugging, and undo gesture for recent apps.
Ever since the full gesture navigation rolled out, Google has been making improvements around it to bring a more seamless experience and the latest effort is no different. The Developer Preview 3 for Android 11 allows for further customization of the Back gesture. It now allows you to adjust the sensitivity for both the left and right edges of the screen. Android 10 already offers Back gesture sensitivity, but the latest update brings more different levels.
Android 11 DP3 now shows the preview of your screenshot in the bottom-left corner of the screen with an X icon to dismiss it completely and next to the screenshot are now Share and Edit options to let you do the necessary without opening the screenshot.
The Recents page has received an update as well and it is biggest among others. The suggested apps and Google Search bar are now gone. Instead, they’ve been replaced by Screenshot and Share icons. The Screenshot function here takes a screenshot of the app that is currently highlighted. Share option also takes a screenshot but it then instantly brings up a UI for sharing.
There is also an undo gesture for Recents. Sometimes we accidentally swipe away apps from Recents when we actually wanted to swipe away some other app. Well, this can now be tackled now. You just have to swipe down the app that you accidentally swiped away from the tray and that app will come back. It works only with one app.
Also, wireless debugging is now enabled in the Android 11 DP3 update. You can debug your Android phone with ADB commands from your computer without actually having to plug anything in.
If you are already running the Android 11 Developer Preview, Google will offer you the DP3 via an OTA update. Factory images are also available which you can look at by following the link below.