Shortly after the primary Android 11 Beta build dropped in early June without many apps supporting its new Bubbles characteristic, Google told us to expect Bubbles to reach in the beta program under a week and then the stable channel at some point, next month. That next week’s situation didn’t occur, because the Messages beta received a few updates, however, it’s arriving now.
Fairly commonly on the Pixel 4 XL with the Android 11 Beta and couldn’t get Bubbles to appear till today. As you may see within the picture on the top of this post, Google should have flipped a server-side change to allow the functionality.
To get started, assuming you are on the Android 11 Beta and use Messages, check for updates or be part of the beta program to be sure you are on the most recent build. The newest model is 6.3.052 if that helps.
Then, as Messages come in, search for the little circle icon within the bottom right corner within a Messages notification. That’s the button that permits (or disables) Bubbles for every conversation. If you aren’t seeing that, long-press on a Messages notification, tap the corner settings icon, then go through and allow something that references Bubbles.
Once you’ve got Bubbles enabled, your conversations inside Messages should begin popping up as Bubbles like on the top of this publish. You can drag the Bubbles icon to both sides of the screen, manage a number of conversations inside the Bubble, tap the Bubble to break down it, view latest or dismissed conversations within the “+” tab, or swipe it all the way right down to the “X” on the bottom of the screen to hide them.
Google Play Link: Google Messages