Keep the sharing menu changes simple: Android 11 Beta 2 merges multiple sharing options for apps

According tomedia reports, Google has released a second beta version of all Pixel devices compatible with Android 11. This version googles a bunch of vulnerabilities and improves the stability of the system. Among the many changes, the company has also tweaked the sharing menu to make it look simpler. Google also does this by combining multiple sharing intents for the same app into one.

Twitter, for example, used to show multiple sharing intents in its sharing menu — Tweets, Direct and Fleet — while Android 11 beta 2 had only one sharing menu, and that was Twitter’s sharing intent. To access other intents, users must first click the Twitter button in the share menu before making a more detailed selection. This can also be shown by the small drop-down arrow in the app’s share intent.

Keep the sharing menu changes simple: Android 11 Beta 2 merges multiple sharing options for apps

Android 10 (left) and Android 11 (right) share menu comparisons

This means that there is now an extra step to share content with multiple sharing intents in the app. But Google allows users to use specific sharing goals as a way to solve this problem, which can be achieved by pressing and clicking on the sharing intent and selecting the “Pin” option. Fixed sharing choices are now displayed at the top of the sharing menu, with a fixed icon to emphasize that they have been fixed.

Google’s move is definitely welcome, given that the sharing menu on Android devices is often confusing with multiple sharing intents on the same app.