07 October 2020
Google has released the final Android 11 beta build as it prepares for the stable version. The latest beta is mostly packed with bug fixes and improvements but there are a few changes as well. In terms of the beta release count, it is Android 11 developer beta 3 and has been released within one month of the beta 2.
The major change included in the beta version is the changed Exposure Notification system. The change that has been introduced is that Exposure Notification apps will get location settings permission automatically. It means a user would not have to go through the manual process and will be able to use such apps straight away post-installation.
This particular exception is only for Exposure Notification apps. All other Android apps will still need to be granted location permissions manually. Otherwise, they will not able to trace a user's current location which is an important aspect for many apps like cab riding, navigation apps, hotel apps, etc. This is done to ensure that no app can misuse the permission and secretly track the location of the user.
In the blog post, Google is recommending all app and game developers to finalize testing of their apps and games for Android 11. It wants them to fix bugs that may still be there and finish the app for the prime time. This will ensure that their apps work on Android 11 stable devices right from day one and users do not have to wait for any particular update.