(Pocket-lint) – Google is rolling out Android 11 to the general public, following months of beta testing and updates to the cellular working system.

The over-the-air software program replace brings numerous new options together with Message bubbles, redesigned notifications, a brand new energy menu with sensible residence controls, a media playback widget, a resizable picture-in-picture window, display recording, improved work profiles, and extra. 

When will Android 11 be obtainable?

Google unwittingly revealed that its subsequent main software program replace for smartphones would arrive on Eight September 2020, following months of developer and public beta testing. The fourth and ultimate model of the replace is certainly now obtainable.

Which telephones will get Android 11? 

The software program replace is on the market to homeowners of Google’s Pixel units (Pixel 2 and newer) in addition to units from OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Realme. 

  • Pixel 2 and newer
  • OnePlus 8
  • Oppo Discover X2 and Discover X2 Professional
  • Realme X50 Professional
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Professional

Poco has additionally introduced Android 11 will come to the F2 Professional. For extra info on when your machine will obtain Android 11, see our information right here.

The best way to get Android 11

We suspect it would take some time so that you can get Android 11 if you do not have one of many units listed above, or in case your machine is over a 12 months outdated.

Here is the right way to test if the replace is on the market to you:

  1. Open your cellphone’s Settings app.
  2. Close to the underside, faucet System > Superior  > System replace.
  3. See your “Android model” and “Safety patch degree.”

And here is the right way to truly seize the most recent Android replace:

  1. Once you get a notification about an replace, faucet the replace motion.
  2. Or, should you by chance cleared your notification, comply with these steps:
    • Open your cellphone’s Settings app.
    • Close to the underside, faucet System > Superior  > System replace.
    • You may see your replace standing. Observe the steps in your display.

Google additionally has a FAQ web page right here with extra particulars on the right way to replace your Android machine.

What’s new in Android 11?

Message bubbles and ‘precedence’ conversations

Once you obtain a message by way of the common messages app, you’ll be able to have it present up a notification in a floating bubble on the display much like how Fb Messenger’s Chat Heads works.

Finally this might be obtainable to different third social gathering apps, however presently it is simply the one. To make use of it, simply long-press a message notification and faucet “present in a bubble”, and now you get your bubbles.

From this level on – till you take away the bubble from the display – any new messages will popup up as a window from this bubble. We presume this identical technique will apply if and when builders for apps like WhatsApp and Telegram implement the potential of their apps. 


Along with that, while you get a message from a contact who you want chatting with usually, you’ll be able to long-press the notification and mark that specific dialog as a precedence. Meaning you may get their notifications even when your cellphone is on ‘Do Not Disturb’. 

Redesigned notifications

What’s cool is that Android 11 breaks out and kinds notifications into related teams, so conversations – just like the aforementioned SMS messages – seem on the high in their very own straightforward to learn part, making it simpler to shortly reply and keep it up together with your duties. Splitting them away from the opposite stuff you in all probability do not care about as a lot.

Then others are cut up into alerting notifications and silent notifications. The previous is for system notifications the place one thing is likely to be working within the background. The latter is for apps that get a number of alerts that you do not essentially must see or hear on a regular basis. So social media and e mail match into right here properly. 

In addition to that, the precise visible interface of the notifications as been altered and developed all through the Android 11 preview section. There’s some added transparency and gradients in the newest replace, giving it somewhat extra finesse.


New Energy Menu with sensible residence controls

With Android 11 the interface that exhibits up while you long-press the ability/sleep button on the aspect is much more helpful. It not solely exhibits you the same old energy, restart and emergency contact choices, but additionally easy accessibility to GPay and sensible residence controls so you’ll be able to shortly swap your sensible residence merchandise on or off, or lengthy press their widgets to regulate them in a extra granular style. 

New Media playback widget

Any app taking part in media in your machine will create a widget in your fast settings drop-down menu, full with color matched background to the album artwork. We have examined it with Tidal, nevertheless it’ll work with just about any media app. As somewhat bonus, while you faucet the play/pause button, you get a pleasant ripple animation. 


In addition to that, there’s a better option to swap media output so you’ll be able to swap it to play on the machine, in your headphones, forged it to a TV or audio streamer. 

Resizable picture-in-picture window

Everytime you shut a video app like YouTube or Netflix in Android it mechanically places that video in a small floating window on high of every little thing else, and retains taking part in the video. In Android 11’s developer preview, Google added the choice to resize that picture-in-picture window. 

Display screen recording

One cool new function which another Android telephones already do – just like the OnePlus Eight and 7T sequence telephones – is simple display recording. Drop down the fast setting shade, and the choice is true there. 

When you faucet on the display recording fast setting tile there is a pop-up window asking you to verify whether or not you need to positively begin recording. Befpre beginning you’ll be able to choose if you wish to report audio by way of your microphone, or if you wish to report the machine’s audio instantly. 

As soon as confirmed, it’s going to report no matter you are doing in your cellphone earlier than you determine to cease and save the footage. It’s also possible to cancel the recording any time. 

Sensible app solutions?

Once you first arrange Android 11 you may get a popup asking if you wish to use Google’s auto-generated app dock. This implies, as an alternative of you selecting the 4 or 5 apps you need on the backside of each residence display, Google populates that space with what it thinks you need entry to. To this point, it is not been all that helpful, nevertheless it’ll possible get higher with time because the cellphone learns utilization patterns. 

New Current apps display 

There’s an intriguing change to the current apps display within the newest developer preview, which eliminates fast app solutions, and replaces it with a screenshot/share possibility. Plus, the playing cards exhibiting thumbnails of any current apps have been made greater too. 

Within the fourth developer preview, Google additionally added a ‘Choose’ button to the underside row of icons on the current apps display to make it extra clear that you would be able to – certainly – manually choose textual content or photos from the app thumbnail card. 

What’s extra, while you swipe a card away to dismiss it/clear it from reminiscence, there’s an undo possibility that allows you to carry it again once more while you’ve swiped it by chance. 

Again gesture sensitivity

Once you’ve activated Android’s gesture navigation, swiping in from the sting replaces the ‘again’ button. In Android 11 you’ll be able to alter how delicate you need this gesture to be, this might be useful should you’re in an app with its personal devoted controls and gestures close to the sting of the display. You possibly can even individually alter the setting for either side of the show.  

iPhone-like screenshot visuals

Much like how different Android producers – and certainly the iPhone – do it, while you take a screenshot, you may see a small thumbnail of that screenshot seem within the backside nook of the show. It has a small ‘x’ to dismiss it, in addition to ‘share’ and ‘edit’ choices. Meaning it not takes up a full notification on the high of the display. 

Darkish mode scheduling

Darkish Mode first appeared as a system vast setting on Android 10, and with Android 11 you’ll be able to schedule and automatic it. Set the time you need it to change on or off every day manually by setting the time inside the settings.

Like so many apps and different Android telephones you can even select to have it come on at sundown, and swap off at dawn. 

Single time app permissions

Single time permissions is maybe one of many largest privateness primarily based options. It permits you to inform an app it could actually solely entry your location simply that one time you are utilizing the app, somewhat having to decide on between ‘on a regular basis’, ‘solely after I’m utilizing it’ or ‘by no means’. It offers you much more management.

Voice entry – controlling your cellphone together with your voice

One fairly sensible accessibility function is the flexibility to regulate your cellphone together with your voice utilizing Google’s Voice Entry. With it activated, you are able to do something just by talking. So if you wish to launch an app you’ll be able to, and even compose a message, ship a tweet, view your pictures. It assigns numbers to sure management components inside the consumer interface too. Meaning, as an illustration, if the quantity ’12’ is over the ‘X’ within the nook or the quantity ‘1’ over the ‘delete’ button, you’ll be able to simply say these numbers and it will motion these instructions as should you’d pressed them on display. 

Writing by Cam Bunton. Enhancing by Maggie Tillman.


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