Android 11 is now official after four developer previews and three public betas that were released by Google three months ago. Google is set to roll out the first stable version of Android 11 to pixel phones and select Oneplus, Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme phones.
Google says, “The latest release is all about helping you get to what’s important on your phone with easier ways to help you manage your conversations, connected devices, privacy, and much more. In honour of the 11th version of Android, we have 11 new features coming with the Operating System”
Android 11 packs a few new features, like new controls for media and devices, improved privacy permissions and a focus on communicating with people. It also has an inbuilt screen recorder, a feature that has been waited for long by many Android users. Let’s look at some of the new Android features:
Built-in Screen Recorder
Recording your screen in an Android device has been a bit of hassle which required you to use third-party apps which sometimes are annoying. Android 11 now lets you capture and share what’s happening on your phone. Record with sound from your mic, device or both—no extra app will be required.
Quick access to Smart devices
You can now access all your smart devices in one place, simply by long-pressing the power button. Control your connected devices like your thermostat or smart lock with a tap, so there’s no need to open multiple apps.
Better Media Controls
Android OS hasn’t been useful as iOS in terms of media control, especially now that Bluetooth headphones and speakers are increasingly the norms. The media player in Android 11 is now located in the quick settings menu.
Google says, “Media controls have been redesigned and are more helpful than ever. You can now quickly switch the device your media is playing on, so you can take your music with you from your headphones to your speaker without missing a beat.”
More control on your privacy and data
Google now allows you to grant one-time permissions applications that need access to most sensitive features of your phone like microphone, camera and location. This will limit third-party applications from accessing your device location, camera and microphone in the background while not using the app. The next time the application needs access to your device sensors, it must ask you for your permission again.
Security and Privacy fixes will now be sent to your phone from Google play the same way as apps update, this way, you will be able to patch your phone faster and easily without the need to wait for a whole OS update.
Messenger-style chat Bubbles
This particular feature is similar to what Facebook Messenger has been doing for several years, bubbles make multitasking on your device a breeze. You can now respond to important conversations without having to switch back and forth between what you’re doing and your messaging app.
These are the main features we have seen with the latest version of Android Google has officially released, other features include:
- New notification shades
- Better 5G connectivity for supported devices
- Wireless Android Auto
- Better biometric Authentication