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Android 11 beta sees conversation bubbles and more

Android 11 beta has revealed new features including conversation bubbles and privacy improvements.

Google has unveiled the new improvements and features coming to the upcoming version of its Android operating system.

Dave Burke, the VP of Android engineering at Google, said: "Today's release looks differently than originally planned - instead of a livestream event, we're sharing a few videos and online resources to consume at your own pace when the time is right for you.

"We humbly thank those who are able to offer feedback on this release at this time.

"Your feedback is essential in building a helpful mobile platform for billions of people, developers and manufacturers around the world."

Among the features is conversation bubbles, which works much like Facebook Messenger's Chat Heads.

They can be placed anywhere on your device's home screen.

What's more, conversations on different apps will be more accessible with their own space on the notification panel.

Elsewhere, Android 11 users will be able to access all of their smart devices by holding down the power button on their phone.

When it comes to privacy, Burke stated: "Android 11 has even more granular controls for the most sensitive permissions.

"With one-time permissions you can grant apps access to your microphone, camera or location, just that one time. The next time the app needs access to these sensors, it will have to ask you for permission again.

"In addition, if you haven't used an app for an extended period of time, we will "auto-reset" all of the permissions associated with that app and notify you of the same.

"You can always choose to re-grant the app permissions the next time you open the app."

It's expected the new version of Android will go live later this year.

Google's Pixel devices will get the update first, with the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, Sony, Motorola, and more to follow.

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