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Download Android 11 Developer Preview 3 for Google Pixel Phones

Google’s Android 11 Developer Preview 3 has arrived for Pixel phones and here is where you can download it for your phone. With Android, there is a standard development cycle that Google follows. Before releasing a new version, Google involves developers within the actual OS development. To execute this, a number of Developer Previews and Public Betas are released before the public version. This, Android 11 Developer Preview 3, is the last preview stage build. After it we will be seeing first Android 11 Beta start rolling out. To try out the new version, you can manually download and install Android 11 Developer Preview 3 from right ahead.

A lot is being worked on simultaneously with these builds. If you were running the older Developer Preview 2, you would notice UI tweaks, bug fixes and many other enhancements after updating to Android 11 DP3. As for those who were waiting on trying Android R before it after it reached a more stable state, this build — Android 11 Developer Preview 3 — is definitely a good candidate as it has matured quite well over the past few months. Just as the last preview, users can install Android 11 Developer Preview 3 on: Pixel 2 / 2 XLPixel 3 / 3 XLPixel 3a / 3a XL and Pixel 4 / 4 XL phones.

Android 11 Developer Preview 3

Android 11 Developer Preview 3: Details and Changes

Here are some highlight changes and improvements that have been launched with Android 11 DP3:

App exit reasons updates

Apps can exit for a variety of reasons, from crash to system kill or user action. Across the many device types, memory configurations, and user scenarios that your app runs in, it’s important to understand why the app exited and what the state was at the time. Android 11 makes this easier with an exit reasons API that you can use to request details of the app’s recent exits. In DP3 we’ve updated the APIs based on your input, so please take a look.

GWP-ASan heap analysis 

Android 11 uses a variety of tools to harden security-critical components in the platform and apps. In DP3, we’re adding GWP-ASan as another way to help developers find and fix memory safety issues. GWP-ASan is a sampling allocation tool that detects heap memory errors with minimal overhead or impact on performance. We’ve enabled GWP-ASan to run by default in platform binaries and system apps, and now you can now enable it for your apps as well. If your app uses native code or libraries, we recommend enabling GWP-ASan and testing as soon as possible.

Wireless Debugging 

In Android 11, we’ve completely revamped the debugging experience using ADB over a Wi-Fi connection. With limited USB ports on laptops, and a myriad of USB cables & connections to manage, the Wireless Debugging feature in Android 11 can help you be more productive. Unlike the existing TCP/IP debugging workflow, Wireless Debugging on Android 11 does not need a cable to set up, remembers connections over time, and can utilize the full speed of the latest Wi-Fi standards. In DP3, use the pairing code workflow to get started with this developer feature. We plan to add an integrated experience for Wireless Debugging with QR code scanning in a future Android Studio release, but we want to get your early feedback on the command line tool offered in Android 11 DP3.

Download Android 11 Developer Preview 3 Images

The last Developer Preview for Android 11 can be downloaded as a complete system package through the links ahead. Just as the timeline suggests, DP3 would be succeeded by first Beta next month.

UPDATE [May 6th, 2020] A Revised Schedule Timeline for Android 11 has been released! Read: Android 11 Developer Preview 4 and Revised Schedule

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Use Factory Images

Here are the official download links available for compatible Pixel smartphones:

Download system factory image for Pixel 4 XL (coral): Download Android 11 Beta

Download system factory image for Pixel 4 (flame): Download Android 11 Beta

Download system factory image for Pixel 3a XL (bonito): Download Android 11 Beta

Download system factory image for Pixel 3a (sargo): Download Android 11 Beta

Download system factory image for Pixel 3 XL (crosshatch): Download Android 11 Beta

Download system factory image for Pixel 3 (blueline): Download Android 11 Beta

Download system factory image for Pixel 2 XL (taimen): Download Android 11 Beta

Download system factory image for Pixel 2 (walleye): Download Android 11 Beta

Use Android Flash Tool

Android Flash Tool links are also available if you want to use the online web interface. Click on the device you want to install Android 11 Developer Preview 3 on:

Device Android Flash Tool Link Build
Pixel 2https://flash.android.com/build/6412707?target=walleye-user&signed6412707
Pixel 2 XLhttps://flash.android.com/build/6412707?target=taimen-user&signed6412707
Pixel 3https://flash.android.com/build/6412707?target=blueline-user&signed6412707
Pixel 3 XLhttps://flash.android.com/build/6412707?target=crosshatch-user&signed6412707
Pixel 3ahttps://flash.android.com/build/6412707?target=sargo-user&signed6412707
Pixel 3a XLhttps://flash.android.com/build/6412707?target=bonito-user&signed6412707
Pixel 4https://flash.android.com/build/6412707?target=flame-user&signed6412707
Pixel 4 XLhttps://flash.android.com/build/6412707?target=coral-user&signed6412707

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