Android 11 ‘s first beta release was scheduled to land this week, but it ended up being delayed until further notice. Now, an early build has leaked, and some of the new features are being detailed, including a new Pixel Launcher option that puts app suggestions on your dock.
A leaked build of the first Android 11 Beta release is being picked up on Twitter, and one of the new features included is something we’ve actually spotted a while back. In Android 11’s very first developer preview, we found evidence that Google was working on “Smart Hotseat” for the Pixel Launcher. Now, it seems that the functionality is about to go live.
The Pixel Launcher on Android 11 Beta 1 adds “app suggestions” to the Pixel Launcher dock. Google has previously offered these suggestions in the top row of the app drawer, but now the feature appears to be extending directly to the main home screen.
Mishaal Rahman says that this feature “supplements” the dock by filling any missing gaps with a suggestion directly from Google. In my own case, this might mean removing the camera icon to leave a gap that, in turn, would fill in with whatever Google thinks I might want to use. Given how good Google usually is to guess what apps I want to use, that sounds pretty good! It looks like there’s even a way to block apps that you don’t want to see.
We ‘re not sure just yet when Google plans to roll out Android 11 Beta 1, but we’re going to dig further into these app suggestions on the Pixel Launcher at that point, as well as whatever else we end up finding. Stay tuned!