Google teases Android 11 Developer Preview, ditching letter codenames

It's that time of year, when the next version of Android is around the corner. Typically, the first developer preview arrives in March, as it did for Android Q last year, and that's followed by a deeper dive at I/O in May. Today though, it seems that someone pressed a button a bit early, as the Developer Preview page shows Android 11.

None of the links work though. If you click on "learn more" under behavior changes, privacy features, or new features & APIs, you'll just get a list of Android 10 features. If you click "Enroll a Pixel device", you be brought to the Android Beta Program, which simply shows a message that Android 10 testing is closed.

What's more interesting is that Google seems to be ditching its letter codenames. Last year, Google surprised everyone when Android Q turned out to be Android 10, getting rid of dessert codenames. While losing the letter codenames on the preview would be the next logical step, Google has called the next version Android R in public.

The change on the Developer Preview page could mean that an Android 11 preview is imminent, or it could mean that someone just set the wrong month for the page to go public. After all, last year's Android Q beta did launch on March 13, which would be exactly one month from today.

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