THE Google launched the final version of Android 11 this Tuesday (8): the update brings a focus on chat conversations, message balloons, quick access to your music and connected home devices, as well as privacy improvements. The update is being distributed to Pixel phones and will soon arrive on some devices from Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo and Realme.
One of the changes in Android 11 is in notifications: messaging apps have a dedicated section for you to manage your conversations WhatsApp, Telegram, Instagram Direct and other apps in one place. It is also possible to set the priority for specific contacts.
In addition, media controls have been redesigned, gaining prominence in the notification tray. There is the option to switch between the headset and a Bluetooth speaker with one touch.
The Google system natively incorporated a feature similar to the Facebook Messenger chat icons. The balloons (Bubbles) place an icon of people or groups over the interface, so you can reply to messages from your contacts without changing your app.
Another feature incorporated by Android 11 is the screen recording – hallelujah! It is very basic, allowing you to record the sound of your microphone, the system or both. This was already possible with Samsung and Xiaomi customizations, for example, or using third-party apps.
The menu that appears when holding the power button is different: it occupies the entire screen with the option of control smart devices in your connected home, like plugs and lamps; in addition to serving as quick access to Google Pay.
And if you have a car, here’s potential good news: Android 11 phones can run the Android Auto wirelessly. A compatible vehicle and a device supporting 5 GHz Wi-Fi are required.
Android 11 brings privacy improvements
Google has implemented some important privacy improvements on Android 11. The user may grant “only once” permission for apps to use the microphone, camera and / or location; next time, the app will have to ask for authorization again.
Android will also reset authorizations automatically if you haven’t used an app for a long time. This means that it will not have access to your files or cell phone sensors, unless you decide to release it again.
Google says that for security and privacy reasons, apps will only be able to enable standard camera Android 11 to capture photos and videos. It will still be possible to install other camera apps, but they cannot be opened from third party apps – only directly by the user himself.
There are several other improvements under the hood, including greater integration with 5G, native support for screens with a variable refresh rate, and an interface adapted for different format displays (with camera hole or curved edges, for example).
And support for Project Mainline has been expanded: it allows you to update parts of the system through Google Play Services. In Android 10, there were thirteen Mainline modules; on Android 11, there are twenty-five.
Well, it depends on your phone manufacturer: Samsung, Motorola, LG, Asus and other companies are expected to announce their plans to upgrade to Android 11 in the coming months.
The final Android 11 is now being distributed to the following Google phones:
- Pixel 2/2 XL
- Pixel 3/3 XL
- Pixel 3a / 3a XL
- Pixel 4 / XL
- Pixel 4a
In addition, these phones that participated in the beta tests are getting another preview – not yet the final Android 11:
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- Poco F2 Pro
- Oppo Find X2
- Oppo Find X2 Pro
- Oppo Ace2
- Oppo Reno3 4G
- Oppo Reno3 Pro 4G
- Realme X50 Pro
With information: Google, XDA Developers. Updated at 15h55.