Google surprised the phone world with a drop out of nowhere for the final version of Android 11. The software update is ready to go for Google’s Pixel phones, and shockingly, for Android phones. ‘other manufacturers. According to the announcement, at least some phones from OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, and RealMe will be updated today.
Android version 11, named “Red Velvet Cake”, has been in public beta for several months, available for Pixel phones and many other manufacturers, including Samsung and OnePlus. The new version of the software focuses on privacy, with the ability to grant unique security permissions to apps instead of an all-or-nothing switch, users have to dive back into the Settings menu to change. There is also better access to secure storage.
There is a variety of other changesincluding better support for a new generation of 5G radios, more types of foldable screens and camera cutouts, support for HEIF images, better verification of phone calls, best notifications, etc. Google’s Pixel phones will also benefit from proprietary changes, such as the ability to quickly access Google Pay by long pressing the power button, or new suggestions in the launcher.
Expect to see Android 11 roll out to Google’s Pixel phones via a live update over the next few days, with participating manufacturers to follow shortly thereafter. Be aware that updating all current Android phones will take months (if not longer), especially if you are using a phone below the flagship level.
Google has already announced this year’s new flagship phone, the Pixel 5, although he hasn’t fully disclosed details of his hardware or sales. It should be announced more formally within a month or two, with a 5G version of the excellent budget phone the Pixel 4a. Both should be running Android 11 at launch.