O Android 11 is coming and the versions preview system releases released so far show a feature that may bother those who are adept at applications that are outside the Google Play Store: installing apps via APK file it should get more difficult in the new version.
In Android 10 and earlier, the installation procedure – through a browser or via APKMirror Installer, for example – usually involves manual installation permission. After permission is granted, you can return to the previous screen to continue with the procedure.
In the previews of Android 11, however, the process has been different. Users noticed that after the APK file installation authorization was granted, the return to the previous screen no longer shows the app to be installed, that is, it is not possible to continue from where the procedure was interrupted.
Bug? Restriction only in preview versions? The developers of the operating system have signaled no. According to a explanation provided after numerous complaints, this limitation is a consequence of Scoped Storage, a new set of security rules that define how apps can access device storage.
Basically, Scoped Storage makes, on Android 11, an application launched without storage permission to obtain a view of the file system that does not allow data to be written to certain directories.
Once permission is granted, that view is no longer valid and needs to be updated. The problem is that this update is not done in real time. Then, when the user returns to the installation screen after providing authorization to do so, he realizes that the app is no longer there for the procedure to continue.
Google simply said it was assessing the situation. It is not clear, therefore, whether and how this limitation will be resolved. The fear is that, in the end, this is a way to curb app installs that are outside the Google Play Store controls.
With information: Android Police.