Google Releases Android 11 Developer Preview 2

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One of the most interesting additions to Android 11 is the ability to detect the angle of a foldable phone's hinge.

Unsurprisingly, this second release doesn't feature any groundbreaking new features and mostly continues the work done with Preview 1.

For game developers, Android 11 will now include a better version of variable refresh rate controls. The "PipResizeGestureHandler" class is a part of "com.android.systemui" rather than "com.google.android.systemui" which means that the feature will be coming to both Android 11 and Android 11 on Google Pixel phones.

The next version of Android is due out this fall, but you can take the latest developer preview build for a spin starting today - assuming you have a Google Pixel 2 or later smartphone or don't mind using an emulator. Android 11 is likely to launch around October with the presumed Pixel 5.

On the developer's end, there are new APIs for 5G and Foldables.

New features in the second preview include a 5G state API to see if a user is now on a 5G network, so that developers can then activate experiences that necessitate a 5G network, for example.

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The company lists a number of new featured packed inside the new beta, including a new 5G state API.

Synchronized IME transitions - A set of new APIs will allow the users to experience natural, intuitive and lag-free transition while interacting with the soft keyboard. Instead of having to build special software to support the feature, Android, moving forward, will natively support it.

Android Go comes with Google's suite of lightweight apps that allow users to experience Android and Google on devices with limited resources. Google promised to introduce the option after facing a huge backlash over the security flaw in Pixel 4's Face Unlock.

Hinge angle for foldable - It is focused to enhance the adaptive experience of foldable devices.

Google says that in addition to verifying an incoming call's STIR/SHAKEN status (standards that protect against caller ID spoofing), call-screening apps can also report the reason as to why the call was rejected. Google is offering the operating system via the Android Flash Tool to make installing a bit easier.

Phones these days come with panels whose refresh rate varies from 60Hz and 90Hz to 120Hz or 144Hz.

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