All New Features of the Android 11 OS
As many phone enthusiast know, the Android 11 public beta has been available for several months now. However, the official version is just now rolling out on devices like Google’s own Pixel phones, as well as the One Plus 8 and 8 Pro.
As is common with most modern operating system updates, Android 11 makes more tweaks than it does massive changes. You will be disappointed if you’re expecting an entirely new experience with the android. However, there are some interesting new bits of tech to try out once you get the software installed on your device.
Major Improvements in the Android 11
Revamped Conversation Notifications
Conversations across different chat apps account for some of the most important notifications we get day-to-day. Now, conversation notifications will show up in a dedicated section and allow you to prioritize how and when they appear. So, if you want direct messages from one person to ping your phone every time, but don’t necessarily want pings every time there’s a new message in the group chat, you can make that happen.
Also, chats now pop-up in bubbles that make multitasking and keeping chats accessible from the home screen easier. However, not every app will support this right away. It’s still early, but these new changes could be very attractive to users who rely on different chat services and want to streamline the process.
A lot of people mindlessly swipe away a notification without looking at it. Most times, these notifications are extremely important with no way of getting it back. Users of the Android 11 will be stoked about the new notification history function that will restore it for you. No more missed hits of notification dopamine.
Media controls move up to the quick settings
In the new android 11 OS, media controls now live in the quick settings area, so they’re easy to find in a hurry. Similarly, you can now also long press the power button in order to bring up controls for connected devices.
Increase touch sensitivity
Usually most screen protectors can inhibit your ability to give your phone touch commands. Android 11 can now allow users to turn on an enhanced sensitivity mode that makes touching through screen protectors easier.
Apps have tighter security limits
Once you install Android 11, you’ll have to decide what kind of access each app has. This is very similar to Apple’s method, where you can pick and choose when apps can access your camera, microphone, or GPS information. You can quickly allow one-time access or enable it every time you’re using the app. Additionally, app permissions can now auto-expire if you don’t use them for an extended period of time.
When the beta went live, some of the beta testers showed off some of the voice access features in the new Android 11. The device now basically recognizes elements that show up on the screen. This way, you can tell the phone what you want to do instead of having to rely on numbered labels that appear on each on-page element. It’s impressive to watch and makes the entire experience much more natural. Since the algorithm will learn as it goes, it should only get better.