Android 11 Beta Gets Postponed

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Android 11 Beta Gets Postponed

Android 11 first made its debut as a developer beta back in March, and it was all set to go public at the start of June.  Unfortunately, the pattern of event delays and cancellations will be continuing with the new release.  The public beta has officially been postponed. And most Pixel users will have to wait before seeing what’s on the horizon.

We’ll Get There Soon:

Yesterday the Android Developers Twitter account tweeted “We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate.  We are postponing the June 3rd event and beta release.  We’ll be back with more on Android 11, soon.”  Originally set to be revealed at Google I/O 2020 (also cancelled), the beta would have taken the current developer beta and made it public to the world.

What does that mean?  Right now anyone with a Pixel can still get Android 11 on their phone, it just takes a little work. Here’s a post about how to flash your device. Flashing your phone allows you to load a different version of Android as long as you have access to the system image.  And that’s available on developer.android.com for anyone who wants it.  There are a few critical things to note before flashing your device. The biggest being that it erases all data from your device.  So if you wish to go this route make sure you have everything backed up!

Android 11 For Now:

Otherwise you can just hold off on upgrading to Android 11 until it’s a more streamlined process (i.e. when the public beta is released). But in the meantime you can still start learning about some of the new features that Android 11 is introducing.  From Facebook-esque chat bubbles to new notification interactions, there’s plenty to explore.

That being said, it doesn’t seem there is anything revolutionary being released in 11.  All the same its changes are welcome.  Improvements to things like permission requests and user security are always a good thing, and for the most part shouldn’t require legacy apps to change too much.  As mentioned in another post here at RootJunky an expansion on Project Mainline will also allow Google to update key parts of the OS via Google Play Store.  These will seem like subtle changes to the user, but their impacts can be huge.

Hopefully we’ll see Android 11 go public in the near future, but for now we’ll have to be patient.  What are your thoughts on the new beta?  Let us know in the comments below.

Pixel 4 Leaks Become Floodgates

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Pixel 4 Leaks Become Floodgates

Over the past few years leaks of new phones have become a commonplace trend.  It almost has to happen nowadays in order for anticipation to build up.  But the Pixel 4 is shattering this trend.  Almost every other day it seems a new leak is springing up.  Let’s look at some of the recent unveilings:

Videos Galore:

This week we saw an influx of videos revealing details about the new device.  One of these was from the YouTube channel AnhEm TV showing almost 7 minutes of details about what the Pixel 4 looks like.  I’d recommend watching it for yourself, but it covers things pretty well showing that the phone has a square shaped camera module similar to what we saw on the iPhone 11 just 2 days ago.

Another video from the channel Rabbit TV shows off the three colors we’re expected to see soon.  These include black, white, and to mix things up a bright orange.  In addition, it seems that the phone does not wear the traditional Pixel fingerprint scanner.  As to what this means for face id or on screen fingerprinting we can’t say, but I would personally LOVE to see some print scanning available anywhere on the touch screen.

Cameras Sell Phones:

I think it’s safe to say most of us are not professional photographers, yet cameras have become one of the biggest selling points for new phones.  On Tuesday Apple spent a good portion of their iPhone 11 presentation fixated on the camera (in fact it was almost all they talked about), and every time a new Pixel comes out the camera is marketed heavily as a use feature of the phone.  The Pixel line always has top rated cameras so don’t get me wrong I’m excited to see what’s in store, but it seems some people forget there are other things to a phone!

But that rant aside, on Monday this week we got a video of a video showing off some new camera fun.  A recording of a Google ad marketing their phone being made “The Google way” demonstrated that the phone would be useful in low light environments again.  But on top of tis you “Even get the stars”.  The new camera will have an astrophotography mode designed to help take pictures of the night sky.  So whether you’ll actually be utilizing it or not, the camera is sure to be very impressive.

Coming Soon to a Store Near You:

Google isn’t expected to do an official announcement of the Pixel 4 until October, but it feels like we’re pretty much there right now.  As more details of the new device come out we’ll keep things updated here, so be sure to stay tuned!

What are your thoughts on the Pixel 4 and it’s leaks?  Let us know in the comments below.

And So The Pixel 4 Leaks Begin

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And So The Pixel 4 Leaks Begin

Last Fall I hopped on board the Pixel 3 bandwagon.  I was overdue for an upgrade and wanted a cutting-edge device.  Fast-forward more than half a year and I’m still incredibly pleased with the purchase.  That being said, I won’t be upgrading any time during the next year which is a shame because the Pixel 4 looks every bit as cool!

Pixel 4:

We’re still a long way out from the 4thgeneration device from actually dropping, but the first leak has just dropped revealing a peek into what the future holds. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Google phones are notorious for being some of the most-leaked in the industry.

The first Pixel 4 leaks are thanks to Pricebaba and OnLeaks.  Below is the image revelaing what the next phone will likely look like. It’s based on “early prototyping schematics”, so obviously nothing is set in stone.  That being said it’s probably still a good indicator of what’s to come.

The Design/Specs:

There’s a lot that’s still in the unknown for the Pixel 4, but these renderings tell us a lot all the same. Firstly, it’s impossible to not notice the large square camera module.  This will either have two or three cameras inside of it.  Pixel phones have always been known for their astonishing camera capabilities, so we’ll likely see some more improvements on that front.

What you may have not noticed immediately is what’s notthere.  The 4’s rendering is lacking a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device.  So the current rumor is that we may see an in-display fingerprint sensor.  Along with the changes we see some constants like the USB-C port and power/volume buttons on the right side. Then on the specs side there is talk that it will have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at a minimum.

The Pixel 4 will likely launch in October and feature the newest Android software (Q).  While I may not be due for an upgrade when it comes out, I’m excited to see any advances made in the industry!  What are your thoughts on the Pixel 4?  Do you love or hate the design?  Let us know in the comments below.

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