Android 11 is now available! True to its usual schedule, Google is rolling out the final version of the update to a handful of smartphones, including the Pixels. We take a tour of the main new features of this eleventh version of Android below.
This Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Google is launching the deployment of the Android 11 update in a stable version. In a detailed blog post, the Mountain View firm looks back on the main novelties of this iteration. According to Google, this update “makes it easier to access what is important on your smartphone and allows you to better manage your conversations, your connected devices and your privacy.“
What are the major new features of Android 11?
First of all, Android 11 signals the arrival of a new space dedicated to conversations (SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger…) in the notification center. This new section is flexible. Indeed, Google makes it possible to place a conversation with a loved one in particular at the top of the list or to relegate a less important conversation to the bottom of the interface.
With Android 11, Google finally offers floating notification bubbles like Facebook Messenger . From now on, all messaging applications will be able to offer to place your current conversations in bubbles. You will no longer need to constantly return within the application to reply to a new message.
Android 11 now natively integrates video screenshots . To start a recording, simply go to the quick settings of your smartphone in the “ screen recording ” section . The icing on the cake, the mobile OS gives you the choice of recording sound with the microphone of your smartphone or a device, such as headphones for example.
Android 11 also improves the way in which users manage all their connected objects (bulbs, thermostat, alarm, Chromecast, etc.). Google has developed an interface that brings together all the devices in your home . To access it, just keep your finger pressed on the unlock button on your smartphone. On this side, Android 11 is reminiscent of iOS and its Home application dedicated to connected objects and home.
The update also adds the universal playback controls in the Quick Settings panel. Now, it’s also easier to switch from one audio output device to another (from your Bluetooth headphones to a connected speaker, for example), whether through quick settings or when your phone screen is locked.
As expected, all Android smartphones are now able to wirelessly connect to Android Auto. No need to go through a USB cable to connect your phone to your car. For the moment, only 500 car models are compatible, says Google. To check if your vehicle is compatible, go to this address.
Not surprisingly, Google is also seeking to better protect the privacy of its users . Android 11 indeed incorporates a single-use authorization system. You will be able to choose to share your geographical position, access to your microphone, your camera with a third-party application once. “The next time the application needs to access this data, it will have to ask you for your authorization again,” explains Google. Similar security is found on the latest versions of iOS.
In the same vein, Android 11 will regularly reset the permissions granted to applications . If you haven’t opened an application for a long time, then you will have to grant your permission again so that it can access certain sensitive parts of your smartphone.
Finally, Google assures that the update improves the way security patches are deployed . Now, updates for 22 Android modules are offered directly through the Play Store . “You’ll get these fixes as soon as they’re available, without having to wait for a full operating system update,” Google says. The arrival of certain security patches therefore no longer depends on the responsiveness of the manufacturers.
Android 11: what are the new features exclusive to Google Pixels?
As always, Google is rolling out the Android 11 update as a priority on its Google Pixel smartphones . This year, the first Pixel of the name is no longer compatible with the latest version of the mobile OS. Compatible Google Pixels (Pixel 2 and later) nevertheless have some exclusive features:
- Live View with rental Sharing (live view with location sharing) Google Maps
- Smart Reply or intelligent replies
- Predictive presentation of applications
- Automated suggestions of application folder names
Which smartphones are compatible with Android 11?
Besides the Google Pixel 2 and later, other brands have announced the imminent arrival of the update on their devices, in particular OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme. A few hours after Google’s announcement, Xiaomi also announced the deployment of Android 11 on the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. To find out more, we invite you to consult the list of smartphones compatible with Android 11 .