Google launched Android 11 last September 08 to all its pixel phones. So, if you are a pixel owner, you should have the notification on your phone by now.
The Android 11 release happened after the operating system went through multiple beta programs and developer previews. The whole process took over six months to complete.
Android 11 Brings Better Communication
The new Android 11 brings changes to how you manage the different aspects of our communication, including messaging apps. Suppose you are a busy person who uses multiple messaging apps. In that case, you will be able to access all of them through a dedicated space listed within the notification section. By doing so, Android 11 gives you the power to control your communication and eases the whole process to make communication as frictionless as possible.
To ensure that you do not miss the right messages, you can prioritize conversations.
Apart from that, they have also improved device multi-tasking by introducing Bubbles. It is a way to give you access to important conversations while you are working on something else. This way, you can be at the top of your tasks and still not missing important messages.
Lastly, in communications, they are offering screen recording. Until now, Android users had to use third-party solutions for recording screens. With the in-build solution, you will be able to record the screen and the sound from the mic.
New Controls For Connected Devices
We live in a connected world, and it is obvious we want to control our connected device from one place. Android 11 new features let you access and control your smart device from one single place. To access it, all you need to do is hold the power button. By this, you can control your smart TV or the smart fan in your home.
Android 11 has also redesigned the media controls to make them more useful to the user. To ensure that the user stays with his music or movie, they have given the option of a quick switch. By using it, the user can quickly change the device on which the media is running and provide an overall better experience.
Android Auto now has wireless capability. So, suppose you have an Android 11 device and compatible vehicle. In that case, you should be able to connect directly, and there would be no need to connect it using a cable. This gives you more control over your phone while you are driving as you can use it, ask for direction or play favorite media.
Android 11 has brought more sweeping changes to the privacy of the user. They are doing is by providing more control to the user over their data and privacy. For example, they now introduced one-time permissions by which an app or service can access the device features such as camera, location, and microphone for one time. So, next time it runs, it will again ask for permission.
To help users protect their data furthermore, Android 11 will bring in an auto feature. There are many apps that you install on your Android, but never use it after some time. This is where Android 11 new feature comes in as it auto resets the unused apps’ permissions. It will also notify the user when it does that so you can revert back the permission if you feel so. Also, when you open the app next time, it will ask for the said permission.
The Google Team also wanted to streamline the security updates and fixes. To do so, they will now send them via Google Play, just like how your apps are updated. This means that you do not need to wait for standalone security patches that are installed via OS update.
The update didn’t talk about emulation via PC. So, in case if you are looking for Android emulators to run Android apps for PC, then you need to use the already available emulators. There are already many good options available, but most of them are stuck on old Android versions. We hope that Android 12 brings in in-built emulation for the best user experience.
Updates Rolling Out
Android 11 seems to be an excellent step forward for an already popular mobile operating system. If you have a Pixel phone, you should update your phone to the latest Android. It is also rolling out on selected Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme, and OPPO phones.