Today, a surprise fourth developer preview of Android 11 landed. Now that weâ€™ve had a chance to test it out, weâ€™ve found a new feature within the recent apps menu: a Select button that allows you to easily copy-and-paste text without leaving the menu.
To be clear, the ability to do this isnâ€™t new. Pixel devices have been able to copy text from the recent apps menu for a while now. However, there hasnâ€™t been a specific button in the recent apps menu to use this feature until this iteration of Android 11.
See the screenshots below to see how the new Select tool looks in Android 11:
When you hit the Select button, it automatically highlights the text on the most recent app you had open. This makes it easy for you to then find the text youâ€™re looking for, tap it, and then highlight it to then perform your usual cut-and-paste steps.
While this is hardly a revolutionary new feature, it will be good for people who maybe didnâ€™t know they could do this with their Pixel phones. It might also make it easier for other OEMs to bring this feature to their own iterations of Android.
If you want to know all about Android 11 and the new features weâ€™ve found so far, check out our hub here.