Today, Google has introduced Android 11 beta 3, which is the eighth official release of the platform in general and presumably the last beta version before the final stable update. Additionally, this new beta update is for Pixel devices only, so if you have one, you can try it. So, without further ado, let’s talk about the main highlights of the Android 11 Beta 3.
New Easter Egg
Just like any other android version, the Android 11 also comes with a new Easter egg, which is now accessible in the Beta 3. If you want to check it, all you have to do is go to Settings > System > About phone > Android version. After that, repeatedly tap on the Android version until you see a green circle in the middle with one smaller white circle inside. You will also see many smaller white circles surrounding it.
It is a dial that you have to turn clockwise three times until you see the Android 11 logo along with a toast message and cat emoji. After doing so, you will get access to a new minigame engaging Android 11’s smart home power menu feature, also known as Device Controls. Afterward, you can open the power menu and then tap on the three-dot menu to add controls. You can find the “Cat controls” after selecting “see other apps” option.
In simple words, the cat game from Android Nougat is back.
Media Player Tweaks
There are three changes made to the media player in the current beta update. First, we have is a divider between the fully expanded toggles grid, which separates media playback notifications and puts them in a dedicated section beneath the Quick settings.
Second, Google has introduced a “Hide player when the media session has ended” option, which allows you to resume a session from the expanded Quick Settings panel. You can also access this from Settings > Sound > Media.
Third, we have the ability to hide media playback controls from the notification expanded Quick settings panel.
Power Menu Tweaks
As we know, the new power menu in the Android 11 features many buttons, which include smart home controls via the Device Controls API, a standard row of power menu controls, and contactless payment methods via the Quick Access Wallet API. So, Google had to blend the power off and reboot buttons into a single “power” button. On tapping the power button, you can see the standard power off and reboot options with a new design.