Everything You Need To Know About Android11Cräcky⚡
I remember when Android 8 was the latest release then, that I had to press my parents into getting me the latest Itel device at that time because of the spec Android8 I found online while reading about the device.😂😂 I didnt know much then. Here we are and Android11 is out. There hasn’t been any serious hype about this version, compared to previous releases. IOS14 and the Covid pandemic had the Android11 hype subdued. Yeah, I talk too much. Let’s get into the business.
Android 11 is the eleventh major release and the 18th version of the Android mobile operating system. It was released on September 8, 2020. Alphabetical release names based on desserts were discontinued as of Android 10; therefore the OS was immediately branded as “Android 11”. We have had so many versions over the years; Pie, Oreo, Noughat, Lollipop, Kitkat, and Jellybeans I really liked the Go edition because it could work on devices with 512MB and 1GB RAM. Lol, no shades.😊
- Final release: Sept. 8, 2020.
- Feature Highlights: Dedicated conversation notifications; Chat bubbles; New control menus for devices and media playback; Permission and Do Not Disturb tweaks.
- Supported devices: Google Pixel phones as well as phones from OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme.
- Supported Devices
- Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL
- Google Pixel 3 / 3 XL
- Google Pixel 3a / 3a XL
- Google Pixel 4 / 4 XL
- Google Pixel 4a
- Xiaomi Mi 10 / Mi 10 Pro
How to get Android 11
I’d say that it might take a while for you to get Android 11 if you don’t have one of the devices listed above, or if your device is over a year old.
Here’s how to check if the update is available to you:
Open your phone's Settings app. Near the bottom, tap System > Advanced > System update. See your "Android version" and "Security patch level."
And here’s how to actually grab the latest Android update:
Open your phone's Settings app. Near the bottom, tap System > Advanced > System update. You'll see your update status. Follow the steps on your screen.
Talking about the new features, there are the improved smart home and media controls, and built-in screen recording, but there’s nothing as major as Android 10’s Dark Mode. Personally, I think nothing beats that dark mode. Manufacturers with custom forks of Android will now need to build their own versions of Android 11, then roll them out to their smartphones – that could be quick, for newer flagships, but if you’ve got an older or mid-range handset you might be waiting a while.
Message bubbles and ‘priority’ conversations.
When you receive a message through the regular messages app, you can have it show up a notification in a floating bubble on the screen similar to how Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads works.
Eventually this will be available to other third party apps, but currently it’s just the one. To use it, just long-press a message notification and tap “show in a bubble”, and you get your bubbles.
From this point on – until you remove the bubble from the screen – any new message will popup up as a window from this bubble. We presume this same method will apply if and when developers for apps like WhatsApp and Telegram implement the capability in their apps.
Built-in screen recording
Android 11 brings a feature some custom Android forks already have – built-in screen recording. This lets you use easily-accessible controls within the phone to create a video of what’s on your screen, similar to screenshots.
Once you tap on the screen recording quick setting tile there’s a pop-up window asking you to confirm whether you want to definitely start recording. Before starting you can select if you want to record audio through your microphone, or if you want to record the device’s audio directly.
You can even record the sound of your phone, or use the mic to narrate what you’re doing, so this should be a great feature for creating short-form video like TikToks, or for making tutorial videos to help less tech-savvy relatives make the most of their smartphone.
Android11 in terms of notification is really cool. I would have loved to use more “ll” in that really to show how cool it is. 😂😂 Lol, this new update breaks out and sorts notifications into relevant groups, so conversations – like the aforementioned SMS messages – appear at the top in their own easy to read section, making it easier to quickly reply and carry on with your tasks. Splitting them away from the other stuff you probably don’t care about as much.
Then others are split into alerting notifications and silent notifications. The former is for system notifications where something might be running in the background. The latter is for apps that get lots of alerts that you don’t necessarily need to see or hear all the time. So social media and email fit in here nicely.
Back gesture sensitivity
When you’ve activated Android’s gesture navigation, swiping in from the edge replaces the ‘back’ button. In Android 11 you can adjust how sensitive you want this gesture to be, this will be helpful if you’re in an app with its own dedicated controls and gestures near the edge of the screen. You can even individually adjust the setting for each side of the display. Cool right? haha
Google has improved its Voice Access mode in Android 11, although there isn’t too much information on what’s changed.
Apparently, the hands-free mode is now ‘faster and easier to use’ – a bigger change is that the mode now works offline, so you don’t need to always be connected to use it. These changes should hopefully make Android 11 a lot more accessible, letting people stay connected regardless of disability.
Security and privacy
The Android 11 update brings some changes to app permissions. Now, you can grant an app permission to, say, your camera or location, on a one-off basis, instead of the existing options of ‘all the time’ and ‘only while using the app’.
In addition, your phone will automatically revoke permissions for apps if you haven’t used them in a while, so an app won’t track your location if you forget you have it downloaded, for example.
Single time app permissions
Single time permissions is perhaps one of the biggest privacy based features. It lets you tell an app it can only access your location just that one time you’re using the app, rather having to choose between ‘all the time’, ‘only when I’m using it’ or ‘never’. It gives you a lot more control.
Other useful features
There are a few new Android 11 features which are
Voice access – controlling your phone with your voice
Smart app suggestions
Picture-in-picture mode – useful way of watching videos while you do other things, and now it’s easier to change the size of the window so you can better fit whatever else you’re doing.
New Media playback widget – Any app playing media on your device will create a widget in your quick settings drop-down menu, complete with colour matched background to the album art.
New Power Menu with smart home controls – It not only shows you the usual power, restart and emergency contact options, but also easy access to GPay and smart home controls so you can quickly switch your smart home products on or off.
I really can’t wait for my Redmi Note 9 to receive the update.😀