The Best New Features in Android 11, Available Now

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After months of beta testing, the final version of Android 11 is here. This latest version of Google’s operating system offers a lot of cool features for users. Here are the features you should be concerned about.

When will my phone receive Android 11?

Google has already started pushing Android 11 to Pixel smartphones. All Pixel devices from the Pixel 2 can download the update live now. Go to Settings> System> Advanced> System Update and tap “Check for Updates” to begin the upgrade process.

In addition to the stable version for Pixel phones, several selected devices from ASUS, OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, Realme and Samsung can try the beta version of Android 11. You can visit the XDA-Developer website for more information.

The stable version of Android 11 will likely hit new high-end phones from Samsung and OnePlus first. You should expect the deployment of Android 11 to take up to a year or more, depending on the handset manufacturer.

A new space dedicated to messaging notifications

Messaging is one of the most common things people do with their smartphones, and Android 11 makes it easy to keep track of these apps. Notifications from messaging apps may appear in a new “Conversations” section in the notifications pane.

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Android tries to identify which apps should be included in the “Conversations” section, but it’s not perfect. As of this writing, only a few apps, including Google’s Messages app and Facebook Messenger, appear in this section.

There is also no way to add an application in the “Conversations” section, but you can remove their.

“Chat Heads” for more applications

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In 2013, Facebook Messenger introduced a feature called “Cat heads. »Messages appear as floating bubbles on the sides of the screen. These bubbles can expand and allow you to view and respond to a conversation in addition to what’s on your screen.

Android 11 brings this same functionality to the system level. All applications can now activate “bubbles” similar to chat heads. You can turn a conversation into a “bubble” from individual app notifications, which will keep it above other items on the screen at all times.

Not all messaging apps will have this feature, but it’s easier for third-party developers to support it now.

Redesigned multimedia controls

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Android 11 includes revamped media controls, which now reside in the Quick Settings menu instead of the notification section.

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Compact (left), extended (right)

Swiping down once reveals compact media controls, and swiping down again expands the interface. If multiple applications are playing media files, whether it’s music or streaming a video, you can scroll through the media controls.

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With the supported applications, you can also quickly change the location where media content is played. Tap the Google Cast icon or where the audio is playing to view a list of devices you toggle playback on. You can easily switch drives without even opening the app.

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Smart home controls in the power menu

One of the most significant changes in Android 11 is in the power menu. It’s a place you don’t usually spend a lot of time, but now Android is making good use of it.

Long press the power button to open the new power menu. Here you can now add shortcuts and quick switches to control your smart home devices from any app on your phone that supports the feature.

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For example, the Google Home app currently supports the feature. Any smart home devices you added to Google Home can be placed in the power menu. The shortcut dramatically reduces the time it takes to turn smart devices on or off and view Nest security cameras.

The power menu also displays the credit and debit cards you’ve added to Google Pay. It’s unclear if this menu needs to be open to use NFC payments or if you only need to unlock the device yet.

Integrated screen recording

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Recording your screen has required third-party apps for a long time. Finally, in Android 11 there is a built-in screen recorder.

The screen recorder can be launched from the Quick settings menu. You can choose to record audio and screen keys along with video. If you’re recording audio, you can even choose to record from the microphone, device audio, or both.

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Screen recordings can be very helpful in showing someone how to do something or recording a bug you want to report. It’s a small thing, but handy when you need it.

Even better permission restrictions for apps

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Privacy is a big deal and Google is always adding tools to help you protect your personal data. Android 10 added a few important permissions options, and now Android 11 builds on that.

In addition to Android 10’s “Allow only when using app” option for location access, you can now allow the “Only this time” permission. The new setting means you can allow the app to access your location, camera, or microphone just once. The next time he wants to use these sensors, he will ask again.

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The next new permission option will protect you from apps that you haven’t used for a while. Android 11 will automatically reset the permissions granted for an app you haven’t used recently. This will prevent apps from abusing permissions long after you’ve stopped using them.

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Android 11 Easter Egg

The Android 11 Easter Egg is a throwback to Android 7.0 Nougat. You can access the Easter Egg by going to Settings> About phone> Android version, then quickly tapping “Android version” until the graphic below appears.

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The first part of the Easter Egg is a volume dial that stops at 10. If you take the dial 1 through 10 three times, on the third attempt it will go past 10 and reveal the “11” logo.

The second part of the Easter Egg is where Android Nougat comes in. Nougat includes a elaborate cats collection set like the Easter egg. When you bring the dial to 11, you’ll see a toast notification with a cat emoji at the bottom of your screen. This begins your cat collecting journey.

RELATED: How To Activate Android Nougat Cat Collecting Easter Egg

The next step in the game is to attract cats. This takes place in Android 11’s redesigned power menu.

Long press your phone’s power button, then tap the three dots above the smart home controls section. From the menu that appears, select “Add Controls”. Here, tap on the “See other apps” option at the bottom of the page. You can now add “Cat Controls”, which will add shortcuts for watering, feeding and playing with cats.

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Press the shortcuts to fill the bubbler with water and the food bowl and play with a toy. After a while, a chat will appear in the notifications, and you can tap on it to add it to your collection. This is a fun little game to play when you are bored.

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