On Android 11, Google is inspired by the Windows Recycle Bin July 15, 2020 – Posted in: Smartphone news


A few days ago, Google finally released the first beta of Android 11. Typically, this beta should have been revealed during an online event. But this event was canceled at the last minute, “So that people can focus on important discussions about racial justice in the United States”. This year, the Android beta was therefore presented discreetly via blog posts and online videos.

In any case, thanks to this beta we will gradually discover the new functions that Google wants to offer with the next version of its mobile operating system, the stable version of which will be released in a few months. And there is a basket among these new functions.

If you delete a file in an Android app, that file is currently permanently lost. With Android 11, however, Google offers a function that is inspired by the trash of computers. When the developer of an application uses this new feature on Android 11, the user has the choice of permanently deleting a file or throwing it in the trash. When a file is thrown in the trash, it is hidden. However, it can be restored if the expiration date has not yet passed. This expiration date is 30 days.

Memory management improvements

The Recycle Bin is part of a number of improvements Google has made for Android in terms of memory management. As a reminder, in 2010 Mountain View introduced the scope storage feature that controls how applications access files stored on the user’s device to protect users’ privacy and data. And this year, with Android 11, Google is making a number of improvements to this mechanism.

Otherwise, as a reminder, it is now possible to test Android 11 on non-pixel smartphones. During the preview, this new version of the mobile operating system could only be tested on Google’s Pixel brand smartphones. But now that Android 11 is in beta, other brands are announcing that it will be possible to test it on their models. The devices on which the beta of Android 11 can be installed include the Mi 10 Pro from Xiaomi as well as the Oppo Find X2 Pro and the OnePlus 8.