Android 11 updates

Android 11 is finally here after months of rolling out beta updates. The latest version of Android focus on three themes: a People-centric approach to communication, Controls to let users quickly get to and control all of their smart devices, and Privacy to give users more ways to control how data on devices is shared.

Android 11 interesting features:

Notifications

  • Conversation notifications appear in a dedicated section at the top of the shade, with a people-forward design and conversation specific actions, such as opening the conversation as a bubble, creating a conversation shortcut on the home screen, or setting a reminder.

  • Bubbles – Bubbles help users keep conversations in view and accessible while multitasking on their devices. Messaging and chat apps should use the Bubbles API on notifications to enable this in Android 11.

Bubbles and people-centric conversations.

Controls

  • Device Controls make it faster and easier than ever for users to access and control their connected devices. Now, by simply long pressing the power button, they’re able to bring up device controls instantly, and in one place. Apps can use a new API to appear in the controls.

  • Media Controls make it quick and convenient for users to switch the output device for their audio or video content, whether it be headphones, speakers or even their TV.

Device controls and media controls.

Privacy

  • One-time permission – Now users can give an app access to the device microphone, camera, or location, just for one time. The app can request permissions again the next time the app is used.

  • Permissions auto-reset – if users haven’t used an app for an extended period of time, Android 11 will “auto-reset” all of the runtime permissions associated with the app and notify the user.

Here are the devices getting the Android 11 updates first:

Google Pixel 2, 3, 3A, 4, and 4A

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro

Oppo X2 and Reno 3

Realme X50 Pro.

Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro.

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