After a series of leaks and unsubstantiated features of Android 11, the Android operating system has gone official on Google pixel phones that are owned by the OS master-minder Google. The new Android version provides easier ways to help you manage your conversations, connected devices privacy, and much more than the previous Android 10.
Android 11 brings a series of additional features, however, one of the major additions that Android 11 brings to your phone over Android 10 is a dedicated space for Conversations.
The Latest Android version also adds new Privacy-focused changes. Google has released Android 11 for pixel 2 and above models. But if you don’t own a Pixel phone, Android 11 is coming to selected one plus, Oppo, Realme, and Xiaomi phones at the moment.
Android 11 New Features
Android is designed to emphasize what’s important on your phone and how easily you can manage that. Thus instead of offering a series of interface-level changes, the new operating system brings a list of new features to make it easier for you to manage different things on your phone.
The first noticeable change that Android 11 brings to your phone is the dedicated space for all your text and instant messages that I’d available in the notifications section, It is called Conversations.
It makes it easier for you to view any of the important Conversations at a glance. Further, an option to mute notifications for certain conversation is available to stay focused at your work and don’t get distracted by usual messages
After Conversations, the second big change that comes through Android 11 is Bubbles. It works just like how chats head works on Facebook Messenger and lets you to a look at your important Conversations without leaving the work you are doing on your phone.
Built-In Screen Recording
If your a Pixel phone user you might have installed a third party-app for screen Recording as Google didn’t offer that support by default up until now. It has various handsets running a Manufacturer UI such as Zen UI or MIUI. But with Android 11 screen recording is available as a standard feature to let you capture and share your screen. You can also enable recording with sound from your microphone device or both all without using a third party App.
Redesigned Media Controls
Media controls on the new Android version have been redesigned to make it easier for you to manage your audio playback experience.
You’ll get media Controls directly in a Quick Setting Area, instead of being as a notification.
Also, the redesign brings you the ability to let you switch from your headphone to a Bluetooth speaker by tapping with the audio source on the media controls card in the Quick Setting area.
Updated Power Menu
Google has also updated the power menu on Android 11 with the ability to let you access all your smart home devices long pressing the power button.
How to download and install Android 11 OS
If you have a Pixel 2 or later pixel phone, Google will provide you with a notification for downloading Android 11 over-the-air. You can alternatively check for the update by going through settings >System updates. Google has also published the Android 11 OTA update files for all the compatible pixel phones that you can sideload manually after downloading them onto your handset.
Furthermore, Android 11 factory images are available to let you flash the new operating system onto your pixel phone.
Important: Flashing of the new update will erase all your existing data. Moreover, the list of eligible Pixel devices for Android 11 OS includes the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel3 XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a.
However, one plus has confirmed that the one Plus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will also get Android 11 updates through an open beta of OxygenOS 11 in North America, Europe, and India. Oppo is bringing the Android 11 open beta for the Oppo Find X2 and Oppo Reno 3 Series initially.
Meanwhile, Realme has announced the Android 11 preview Release for the Realme X50 Pro. Xiaomi is also bringing Android 11 to the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. We expect to see more manufacturers debugging the Android 11 OS to its smartphones in the coming months.