Google Accidentally Pushed Android 11 Beta for Some Pixel Phones


From the past few weeks, Google was planning to release its latest version of its operating system –  Android 11. However, due to the ongoing pandemic and ongoing mass protests in the United States, Google has pushed the launch date of Android 11. But on Monday afternoon, some Pixel owners reported receiving the Android 11 Beta.

As per the report by one of the members of XDA Developers – Mishaal Rahman, Android 11 Beta 1 carries build number RPB1.200504.018. According to the sources, Google has rolled out to at least two Pixel 4 XL owners and potentially other Google devices, but still, it is not yet widely available.

This is not the first time that Google has accidentally pushed its upcoming Android version to some users. A similar situation has occurred in the past with “confidential Googlers-only OTA” builds with a minor Android 9 Pie patch in 2018. However, one of the most notable cases was an updated version of Android 7.0 on the Nexus 6P before Nougat’s official launch in 2016.

Android 11 beta 1 changes

Well, Android 11’s case is quite different from the earlier cases with Google as it doesn’t come with any warning message like “Confidential internal only.” Rather,  this appears to be a straightforward and public screen for the “beta version of Android R.”

The new update comes with some new features. Here are some of the notable changes that you would see after installing the update:

  • Here are the new icon shapes on Android 11

Android 11 beta 1 changes

  • Here is the new power menu preview interface mentions card & pass, and device control

Android 11 beta 1 changes

  • Recommended settings for the application of the home screen launcher

Android 11 beta 1 changes

  • Developer options, move the media controls to the quick settings

Android 11 beta 1 changes

Thus, the popular assumption is that Google mistakenly let out this update. If this is the case, it will probably pause the release. Other units that are yet to get the update will have to wait till its official launch.

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