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How to install Android 11 (OxygenOS 11) on your OnePlus phone right now - Android Central
OnePlus has kicked off the open beta for OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11. The builds are available for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, with more devices added to the list in the coming weeks. Here's how to install the OxygenOS 11 beta based on Android 11 on your One…
OnePlus released the OxygenOS 11 developer preview earlier this year, and the brand is now kicking off the Android 11 public beta. The OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 is now available for download on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. Here's how to install the beta on your OnePlus phone and take a look at all the new features on offer. OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 is available on the OnePlus 8 series OxygenOS 11 comes with a lot of changes, including a new UI that looks similar to Samsung's One UI. The OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 build is based on Android 11, and right now, it is limited to the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. If history is any indication, the beta will make its way to other devices in the coming weeks, and I'll update this post once we have more details on this front. For now, let's take a look at how to install the beta on your OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro. How to install OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 (Android 11) on your OnePlus phone OxygenOS has a nifty local upgrade option that lets you install custom builds with ease directly on your phone, so that's the method I'll be highlighting below. I used the same method to install the dev preview and then switch over to OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 on both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Here's how to install OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 on your OnePlus phone:
- Navigate to OnePlus forums from your OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro.
- Download the OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 build. Here's the direct download link for OnePlus 8 and the download link for OnePlus 8 Pro.
- Once the file is downloaded, go to the File Manager. Source: Android Central
- Long press the file to select it.
- Hit the action overflow menu (three vertical dots).
- Select Cut. Source: Android Central
- Hit Internal storage.
- Hit the Paste button to paste the file in the root directory of your phone. Now that the file is in the requisite directory, you can go ahead with the local upgrade.
- Navigate to Settings. Source: Android Central
- Scroll to the bottom of the page.
- Select System.
- Hit System updates. Source: Android Central
- Tap the Gear icon at the top.
- Choose Local upgrade.
- The file that you saved to the root directory will show up here. Select the file to start the local upgrade. Source: Android Central
- Hit Install Now to manually install OxygenOS 11 public beta on your OnePlus phone.
- Once the installation is finished, navigate to the About phone page to verify the build number. Source: Android Central
It's now a lot easier to keep your data private with Google services - Android Central
Google has announced a couple of privacy changes aimed at securing sure data. These include a more proactive data deletion policy, faster incognito mode access, and guided data security tips.
Google is launching a bunch of privacy-first initiatives across its line of software products, CEO Sundar Pichai announced today. The company had taken to being more privacy-conscious after being criticized by both publications and governments over its lax treatment of user data, and today's updates hand more control over to the user. Last year, Google began allowing its customers to delete personal data with the tap of a button from a dedicated hub on both mobile and web. It also allowed them to automate it so that Google would flush your account data after either 3 or 18 months. From today, Google's automatic data deletion settings will default to on rather than off for new users. You're still free to change it to 3 months or turn it off entirely, but Google's new defaults mean that the option is there. Best VPN providers 2020: Learn about ExpressVPN, NordVPN & more For older users, Google will prompt them to take a look at their settings and configure it how they'd like. if you use Chrome, you may already have noticed a prompt and a shortcut on the new tab page this morning. Aside from this, it'll be easier and faster to go to Incognito Mode on all Google products by simply long pressing your profile photo in apps like Search, Maps, and YouTube. Google says it's bringing this first to iOS versions of those apps, but Android users won't have long to wait. Google is also making its privacy controls more proactive, pushing users to change their settings to more privacy-conscious ones whenever they enter its Privacy Checkup hub. You'll be able to find all these account data controls in Google Search soon. Just like how you can search for contacts directing in the Google Search bar, Google will let you search for queries like "Google Privacy Checkup" and "Is my Google Account secure?" when signed in for quick access to those settings. Finally, Google is disabling its Password Checkup Chrome extension. That's because it's already integrated into its Security Checkup tool and is redundant. The extension will be shut down in the coming months. Have you listened to this week's Android Central Podcast? Every week, the Android Central Podcast brings you the latest tech news, analysis and hot takes, with familiar co-hosts and special guests.
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5 surprising things we learned about the Android 11 beta - Android Central
There are a number of things we have learned about Android 11 from the beta. Here are the coolest things that Google didn't tell us about Android 11.
Source: Joe Maring / Android Central The Android 11 beta has been out for about a week, and that means that plenty of people have had the time to sort out everything new and good that comes with it. You probably know about the big stuff things like chat bubbles and power menu additions are definitely worth talking about but there are a few hidden gems that didn't quite make it onto the highlights page. The 4GB size limit for video recording has been removed Source: Android Central For a long time, Android has had a file size limit of 4GB whenever you record a video. That wasn't so bad when you were shooting a low-bitrate 1080p video and saving it to an SD card that couldn't process files larger than 4GB anyway. But with 4K capable cameras, it meant that even a 15-minute video would be chopped into more than one file because it's too big. No more stitching multiple video files together with Android 11. Previously, all of your video was saved, but you either had to watch it as separate videos or use a utility to stitch them together if you were copying the video(s) to a computer. With Android 11, that's all a thing of the past as the software classes and APIs that write media has been moved to use a 64-bit file size versus the original 32-bit. That means the theoretical maximum size is about 2,305,843,009 ((2^64)-1) Gigabytes. Best VPN providers 2020: Learn about ExpressVPN, NordVPN & more The camera application will determine the actual maximum size. While we should expect the ability to save 2 billion GB video files, look for apps that target Android 11 to save videos larger than 4GB in size, finally. Android 11 has a hidden Recycle Bin Source: Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central If you've ever used Google Photos, you might know that deleting a photo or a video doesn't destroy it right away. Instead, there is a "Trash" folder that stores them for 30 days just in case you change your mind. It works the same way the Recycle Bin on a computer does, and now a similar feature is part of Android. Apps that use the MediaStore API have three new features at their disposal with Android 11 they can ask if you want to send a media file to the trash, mark it as being in the trash, and set an amount of time before it's deleted permanently. There's a system-wide limit of 30 days for storing "trashed" media, but developers can specify a shorter length of time if they would like. After the set time is reached, the media is then purged from your storage. There's also a method to view "trashed" files, so it would be possible for a developer to build a Recycle Bin viewer app in case we want to know what's sitting there waiting. Android 11 natively supports 84 new game controllers Source: Russell Holly / Android Central Your Android phone can connect to a game controller that not only works as a gaming controller should but also as a weird sort of mouse of you'd rather not touch the screen. With some of the more intense and action-packed games coming to Android, using a controller can be a big help. The problem is that there are so many good controllers out there that just don't work properly with Android, so the consensus has always been to just buy an Xbox or PlayStation controller. That changes with Android 11, as there are 84 new controllers with out of the box support. You can read the full list here, but some highlights include new controllers from Logitech, Mad Catz, aftermarket Xbox controllers and even a second Android phone running virtual game controller and virtual remote software. Now there's just no excuse not to play some great Android games. Voice Access can now understand what is displayed on your screen One thing I left out of my Android 11 beta hands on was the improved Voice Access, which now understand screen context and content. That was a mistake - it's actually incredible. You don't have to use a grid or button numbers, you can just say what's on the screen. Watch: pic.twitter.com/wXidxZGVjt Dieter Bohn (@backlon) June 10, 2020 Android Voice Access is an accessibility feature that allows a person to operate their phone by speech. It's not a new app or feature, but with Android 11, it gets a huge improvement it can actually understand screen content and context. New accessibility features are important and always welcome. Before Android 11, you had to tell Voice Access to do things like move down or move left to shift a virtual cursor to the different controls of an app, and that got very complicated very quickly. It's great that the option for motor-impaired folks was there, but it needed a makeover. And that's what it got! With Android 11, Voice Access "just works" most of the time, and when you meet up with one of those times where it doesn't, you can move directly to a control by number without the app losing track of the rest of what it can understand. This is very similar to iOS' Voice Control feature, and it's fantastic seeing more tools for people who need them. Android 11 forces apps to support being backed-up Source: Android Central Just not to the cloud. Yep, you read that right. Apps targeting Android 11 are forced to support a local storage backup but not a Google Cloud Storage backup. Android offers a complete backup infrastructure, but you wouldn't know it if you switch phones a good bit. Hidden in your Google Drive account is free storage space that gives every app its own 25MB of space to store things like settings or game progress data. If you use a lot of apps, you have probably encountered a few that use the service and instantly wished that the rest of your apps did, too. But there's another backup that can be done through ADB (Android Debug Bridge; a way for a computer and you're phone to communicate) that locally creates a backup and saves it to your computer. The thing is, developers didn't have to support it, either. Using it usually just reinstalled apps without any of their associated user data. In Android, 11 backup files will actually work. Don't get too overjoyed though apps must target Android 11, and we all know how that will play out. It's always cool to find out about the things that Google doesn't tell us when Android gets an update. And since we're only at the first beta build, lists like this one are only going to grow, and we'll see more unknown or at least not highlighted Android features!