The Android 11 operating system launched last summer on Google Pixel mobile devices, and also appeared on the leading smartphones of companies: Samsung, OnePlus and many others. The eleventh version is the latest stable Android operating system. At first glance, a new operating system can be confused with version 10 and when downloading an update, you can miss a lot of differences. We will not allow this! Here you will see about a dozen new and handy features to help you get the best out of the latest Android 11. You will be able to see for yourself the global changes that everyone should know about.
Improvements in the notification shade
The Android 10 alert shade includes a random sequence of different alerts. Notifications, depending on the user, are placed at the top or bottom of the screen. In this case, notifications with low priority are sent to the “silent” mode.
Now in Android 11 you can see new categories of notifications: “Conversations”, “Warning” and “Silent”. Everything is simple here. The Conversations category includes all chats and message texts of any applications. Also, this will include messages from different applications, for example, Facebook. In the menu, the user can set a priority for any application. For example, you can give high priority to messages from your dad rather than from others. This is done so that you cannot miss the most important thing. The sections “Warning” and “Silent” play the same role as on Android 10. Also, you can turn off notifications from annoying applications and they will be sent to the “Silent” category.
Each of us faced the following problem: a notification comes to the smartphone, and we accidentally brush it aside. A little later we realize: “Suddenly there was something important there,” but the train left and there is no more notification. Everything has changed in Android 11! The history of notifications allows you to save all notifications for the last 24 hours. You can find the deleted message in the notification bar.
Initially, this feature is not enabled in the default settings. But it’s very easy to do! To do this, go to settings> select Apps & notifications> Notifications> Notification history. There you can enable this function, but if it already works, then in this section you can see the history of your notifications. It is important to know that while the feature is not working, it will not save notifications and you will not be able to find them. Interestingly, you can see everything in history, even silent notifications that came to your smartphone. This useful tool allows you to see which applications you are not using.
All major updates are related to chats and notifications, because Goggle developed Android 11 for comfortable communication. Chat bubbles were also present on Android 10, but this feature did not really stand out. Now, chat bubbles are at the forefront of Android 11. If you’ve used Facebook Messenger on Android before, you’re already familiar with how bubbles work. By clicking on the icon, you can either open the chat or collapse it. Also, the icon can be removed. This is how the bubbles function works, the main difference being that it now works with any application.
Screen Recorder on Android 11
There are tons of apps on Google Play to record your smartphone screen. In turn, Android 11 has an additional, Screen Record Start. It may seem that the developers are a little late with the idea, but now there is no need to download an additional application. This function can be found in the quick setting panel. When you tap on a screen recording, you will be presented with several options before proceeding to get started.
For example, you have the ability to choose whether you want to record your touch on the screen and record sound. It all works very simply. If you are not satisfied with the built-in functionality of the recorder, you can always download your favorite application from Google play. But for most people, this feature should work fine.
When listening to music on Android 10, the music player is at the top of the notification bar. Since on Android 11 this place is occupied for conversations, the developers moved the player a little higher, to the section of quick settings. This is a logical decision since the player does not have a notification.
If you scroll down the notification bar, the player is reduced in size. He will tell you about the information of the application to which it belongs, the splash screen and the control icons. You can click on the “Speaker Phone” and quickly move audio and video to another system, which makes it much easier to switch functions. To prevent media from staying in the notification bar, you can change this in Android 11 settings and the player will disappear when you’re done enjoying music.
Smart home device control
Every day people buy more and more smart devices for their homes to make their life easier. Now, with Android 11, you can easily coordinate devices without going into apps. By holding down the power button, you can launch a new tool with the main functions of the smartphone on the top and many more options added on the bottom.
There is a Google Pay icon that allows you to choose a contactless payment method. Below you will see a lot of icons for controlling smart home devices. Android 11 will automatically populate the new panel with six apps, but you can always change or uninstall them. You no longer need to be torn between several separate applications; everything is in one convenient place.
One-time permissions and automatic reset
Recently, Google has been facing a lot of privacy and security concerns for its users. The Android 10 developers have taken this issue seriously by creating one-time permissions that, when you close the app, prevent you from collecting your location, camera, and microphone information.
When installing the application, the software asked for permission to use it all the time / only when using it / not allow it at all. Now, you can set the permission one time.
Dark mode depending on the time of day
With the release of Android 10, the dark mode function was implemented, when the user could independently change it, depending on the time of day. Now, the developers have updated the capabilities of this feature in Android 11, adding a new feature to the operating system itself, when the dark theme mode automatically changes the theme of your smartphone depending on the time of day.
Updating individual parts of the OS through the Play Store
Now in Android 11, you can update even more system apps and features right from the Play Store without waiting for major updates for the entire operating system. This is done in order to make life easier for users, to improve or fix system applications and functions as soon as possible.
App recommendations (Pixel only)
If you have a Pixel with Android 11, then AI smarts is for you! Google suggests apps that might be of interest to you. You can now manage the recommended apps that appear in your app drawer. This feature analyzes many circumstances, deciding which five applications can be useful to you. Of course, this update will seem unnecessary for some, but for some it will make life easier, at least a little.
Wireless Android Auto
Android Auto is very useful for many people. However, this system requires a constant connection to your smartphone’s network. Only the Google Pixel could connect to this interesting system via an internet connection. Now everything is different! All Android 11 users can now connect to Android Auto. But there is a small limitation, your car must support this function. People who have purchased a car for a long time may face connection problems.
Improving the “Voice Access” function
For people with disabilities, Android has an indispensable feature – “Voice Access”. With her, you can just talk, and the smartphone will follow your commands. In Android 11, this feature has become even bigger, you can say: “Open Twitter, create Twit.” This once again convinces that Google is very responsible and serious about the problem of people with disabilities.
Personal profile for corporate workers
Many people in large companies are given a work phone that can be controlled remotely by the software department. Because of this, employees had to purchase a new mobile device for personal use. However, employees can now create a personal profile on their corporate phone, which will not affect their work account in any way. And each employee will be sure that the personal remains personal, because the employees of the software department will not be able to view or collect information on a personal profile.