Android 11 Developer Preview 3 is available for Google Pixels Today

Android 11 Developer Preview 3 is available for Google Pixels Today


Google launches its third Android Developer Preview for 11 today. Unfortunately for the crowd of Android enthusiasts, all the headlining tweaks in Google's announcement are targeted to developers, while we are assured to find more improvements concealed within DP3. 

There's five big improvements in Android's 11 Developer Preview 3, according to Google — and one of them may not be that new:

1. ADB Incremental which will make it easier for developers to check very large apps (such as games) on smartphones, making the installation process over ADB up to 10 times faster. For now this feature is only Pixel 4 and 4 XL, but it will be enabled by all phones launching with Android 11.

2. Tweaks to Android 11 exit reasons API, which enables apps to detect how and when they last left (i.e. crashed, and how / when, or was the user preparing to leave, etc.)

3. Wireless debugging with ADB over Wi-Fi is now officially revamped — but several of Google's updates have already been spotted in Android 11 DP2 as new, such as cable-free setup, paired system memory, and upcoming QR codes. 

4. Auditing tweaks on the data access. Many APIs related to this feature have been changed, enabling developers to properly inspect how user data are accessed and used by their apps. 

5. GWP-ASan heap analysis can now be allowed for your apps to help boost memory security — a tool for developers, not something that will excite end-consumers too.

These are just the improvements Google is able to announce publicly in DP3. The last updates had some major user-facing improvements which were not officially revealed, so there is a strong possibility that we will see more significant changes hidden behind this list. Anticipate our reporting in the hours ahead.

Just like with previous Developer Preview photos, DP3 isn't intended for the hoi polloi, so you can't just opt to pull it down on a web-based type, as you'll probably be able to do when Android 11 hits beta. Installing this version also requires clearing the flashing / sideloading obstacle manually, at least once. But, if you're on the User Previews, you're going to get OTA updates for later previews.

OTA and factory photos are expected to be live shortly, and the update will quickly roll out to the previews for devices already flashed over. The revised simulator images and SDK will be available to developers soon as well. 

Because this is the third Developer Preview, we expect that the next version will be a more open beta — not yet ready for general consumption, but a little smoother and less subject to change compared to those early previews. Developers should also remember that this is the second to last update before Android 11 hits Google's "System Stability" milestone with Beta 2, where APIs, graylists, and other app information will be finalized for the latest version.