Android is a mature OS. A mature OS means there will not be any big changes in the OS. The OS will be fixing some bugs, privacy issues, and managing complexity. Android 11 has done the exact thing by making the notification area less cluttered and fixed some bugs. The new Android update will only be launched for the Google Pixel phones for now and will be released for other smartphones shortly.
Android 11 made the notification area cleaner by shorting different kinds of notification. For example, Text messages are shorted inside the Conversations section so you don’t miss any chat notifications, Silent section shows notification of emails and tweets. Before it was mixed with other app’s notifications.
There is a small box with a dot and arrow inside on the lower right-hand corner in the Conversations section, which is for toggling Chat head/bubble ON or OFF. If it is turned on, when you get a message you will see a small chat bubble on the screen from where you can easily reply. The bubble can be moved to desired places on the screen.
It also allows you to inter-mix services, you can have different chat bubbles of different apps in the same stack. After you are done chatting you can easily remove the bubble.
With the new update we will get improved and less cluttered notification area, we will be able to manage the media of different applications in the same place. The media control is now placed with the control center on top of all other notifications. Different app’s media can be selected by swiping left or right in the media control center.
Finally, Android 11 has a built-in screen recorder. Recording screen on android phones has been a hassle, users had to use shady, full of ads third-party software in order to record content on the screen. Android 11 has finally fixed the issue by making a reliable built-in screen recorder.
While recording the screen you can see a red icon on the status bar; in order to turn it off, simply dip back into the notifications pane and tap the relevant item to stop.
The new Android 11 has a screenshot feature like in iOS. You can instantly share or edit which is very handy. Before android used to save the screenshot and notify you from the notification panel, now you also get to see a small preview of the screenshot you just took on the bottom left.
Holding the power button gives you three options; power controls, Google pay, and Home controls. Home controls include features like toggling smart home lights on or off, observing security cameras, etc. along with normal power and restart option. Android 11 also lets us customize the options as our will. Accessing payment options and other important cards or pass is really convenient.
Android 11 has included a new feature where you can now allow certain services, like location, to apps only while using them. You are given options to allow, deny, or allow only while using the app. This will make the battery last a little longer as the services are not running in the background and will provide better security.
Android 11 eligible devices
Not all android devices are getting the Android 11 update. Only the Google Pixel phones are getting it first, other smartphone companies like OnePlus, Nokia, Samsung, Xiaomi, are working on it, it will be available for other phones shortly. Android 11 will be available for the new budget Google pixel phone, Pixel 4a as well.
The Google Pixel devices which can be upgraded to Android 11 are:
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel 3
- Google Pixel 3 XL
- Google Pixel 3a
- Google Pixel 3a XL
- Google Pixel 4
- Google Pixel 4 XL
- Google Pixel 4a