Android 11 Lets You Kill Notifications While Using The Camera

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Google is looking to solve problems created by stray notifications, vibrations, and ringtones that crop up while using the camera in Android 11. That's based on recent reports highlighting new API that allow Do Not Disturb mode to be enabled while the camera is in use.

There are several benefits to eliminating the appearance of notifications during camera use. For those who are recording video, the most obvious is going to be that there won't be any accidental interruptions in the recording itself. Users won't have to worry about having to reshoot because a notification inadvertently added a ringtone to the clip.

Another benefit is that the entire viewing area will be kept clear of obstructions. So users will have a great idea of what it is they're capturing, throughout the recording or when taking a photo. Also on the photo side, notification vibrations won't crop up mid-snap. While not necessarily a huge problem, vibrations can cause photo blur. Turning on Do Not Disturb automatically while using the camera will eliminate that.

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What else is arriving in Android 11 so far, aside from better notification management?

Android 11 isn't all about new notification either, let alone management of notifications in the camera app. One of the biggest changes seen in the first Developer Preview is going to pertain more directly to how Android manages Dark Mode.

For clarity, that's the mode that allows users to set both apps and system-level interfaces to a dark gray and black schema. The idea is to either let users change it based on preferences or for health reasons associated with eye-strain.

Added in Android 10, users turn that on in the system-level display settings within the Settings app. It automatically applies not just to the general UI but also to apps that have taken advantage of certain API. In Android 11, Google is stepping that forward to allow Dark Mode to be turned on or off based on user-determined scheduling.

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That should make the feature much more useful. Lighter colors during the day won't necessarily cause the same eye-strain or fatigue. That's as compared to an overly bright display in darker environments at night. With the new feature in place, users can set the system to run the Dark Mode changeover on a schedule. More specifically, Google aims to let users set that to run from sunset to sunrise or at specific times.

When will Android 11 arrive, officially?

For the time being, Android 11 is still in its earliest testing phases. Specifically, this is the first Android 11 Developer Preview. It's only available for Pixel-branded Google handsets and that doesn't include the original Google Pixel devices. And only developers should really be downloading or using the build.

That also means that the official and final launch of Android 11 to smartphones, in general, is still quite a ways out in the future.

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Right now, Google is planning to launch no fewer than three Android 11 Developer Preview variants in succession. Those will be followed by three more public beta tests for the firmware update, expected to start in May. Typically, that first preview for the more general public has arrived at or around Google I/O. From there, the current expectation is that Android 11 will be finalized and released in the third quarter of 2020.

Android Notifications blocking in camera app Android 11 Developer Preview 1 from Android Police
Android 11 Developer Preview 1 adds Do Not Disturb settings to the Camera app