Android 11 has been released and doesn’t bring a ton of visual changes, but brings more stability and refinement to Android.
Did you install Android 11 yet or what OS are you using?
Android 11 just launched this week for Pixel devices and phones from OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme, and now Google has detailed that it is designed for equally low-powered devices: Android 11 (Go edition).
- Did you install Android 11 yet or what OS are you using?
- Android 11 is Out! What’s New In this Update?
- Safety Feature s In Android 11
- Notifications In Android 11
- The Menu has changed In Android 11
- So you’ll see it says save we’ll open it with photos
- 62 new emoji as well In Android 11
- We’ll go into the display with Android 11
- Changing the style with new Android 11
- Now within Android 11
- Better Battery Life Android 11
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Android 11 is Out! What’s New In this Update?
Android 11 was finally released to the public. This is available for all pixel devices from the pixel two on. So the pixel two, two XL, three, three XL, three, a three, an XL, four, four XL that I have here, as well as the pixel four, eight. Now it may become a little bit later today to Samsung devices or other devices as well. So hopefully we’ll see it on the note 20 Ultra s 20 Ultra and other devices such as one plus a little bit later.
Hopefully, we’ll see that fairly soon. Now, the first thing is I took a screenshot of the size, and it was tiny if you’re coming from the beta. So you’ll see it was 9.37 megabytes on this pixel four XL. And that’s because of the new update systems that are in place once you’re on Android 11. future updates are minimal, they can insert the updates as needed, thanks to that new system. And they can install parts of the OS dynamically using the Play Store or Google Play services. So updates tend to be very small now can be downloaded over cellular To install it, no problem.
So it’s nice to see that. Also, because I’m on the update here. You’ll see we have cats. I’ll talk about that in a moment. But you’ll see on the update here, the build number is, let’s go to this here, we’ll take a look at it in settings, you can see the build number is RP one a, that 200720.009. This will just tell you if you’re on Android 11. I was a beta tester for this. So I’m on that version.
But you’ll see here if we go into Android 11 easter egg, they’ve updated that as well. So now we have a little volume dial. And let’s do it again. Then we’ll do it again. And we can turn it up to Android 11. And then you’ll see there’s a cat that appeared down at the bottom and they’ve brought back cats like they had in previous versions. So let me show you how you get to that you press and hold the Power button. And now we have an all-new screen here.
So this is the new power screen and I have a bug report because I’m a beta tester once you want to install that it won’t be there.
But this is the latest Android 11 version.
So now we have an emergency. So if you’d have on emergency, you can call emergency services, set up emergency information, and go to the Dialpad. We also have Well, let’s go back here to the power menu, you also have power and it brings up power off and restarts.
And then also you have your controls. Now if you have Google pay set up, or cards set up, they’ll appear here. You also have your home controls here as well. So if you want to see things like your front yard, living room, or backyard and you’re using nest cameras, they’ll show up here.
Now if we tap on these three dots, we can edit the controls. You’ll see we have some different controls there. We can add controls. And it says loading. You’ll see the different controls there. See other apps and we have cat controls. So those are a little easter egg here you have a water bubbler food bowl and toy.
Hit Save. And now you can change between cat controls and home controls. It’s a little goofy, but if you tap to refill this tap to use the toy a few times. You’ll have arrived on your phone via notification. So it’s just a nice little change something a little fun that they’ve added. Now also on the power menu, if you want to enable it, you can enable lockdown. So just search for lockdown.
Safety Feature s In Android 11
And what this allows you to do is if you press and hold power, you’ll see lockdown and it will require you to enter your password it will disable all biometric inputs such as face scanning, or fingerprint and require the phone to have the password input to get back to the main screen. So it’s just a safety feature if you want to use that built right in now they’ve changed this a little bit as far as multitasking.
So if you swipe up, you can see that we now have a screenshot and select at the bottom. So if we hit screenshot, of course, it will just take a screenshot and then select will select text on the screen so you can easily copy and paste text from the screen, paste it wherever you’d like. And it’s just a different way to access that. So they’ve changed around the multitasking menu a little bit of course you can swipe the apps off if you want to close them and then you can swipe all the way to Write clear all and they all go away.
Notifications In Android 11
Now as far as notifications go, they’ve changed the notification shade a little bit, you’ll see that the cat up here, I have Do Not Disturb turned on. But one thing you’ll notice is we only have six buttons in the quick settings at the top. That’s on purpose, it will stay like that all the time. And now we have a new conversation section as well.
So let me turn off Do Not Disturb. We’ll pull down here, turn that off. And we’ll take a closer look. So now we have conversations, notifications, and silent. So if you have things silenced, you can silence them press and hold, and you can change them to silence So this menu has changed a little bit in Android 11, you have priority default and silent, looks a little bit different and you have the option to silence them.
You’ve got notifications from things such as telegram here or your messages for a chat. So they’ve changed that a little bit. Also in our Quick Settings area. You may have already noticed that we have music here. So if we have music playing let me just turn it down here.
The Menu has changed In Android 11
You’ll see that menu has changed a little bit We’ll turn this down. So that’s now sectioned off. And it looks a little bit different on the lock screen. There’s no more album art, it just tells what it is, and it’s playing in the background. So let’s unlock the phone, I turn Do Not Disturb on. So these would go away, we can hit clear all, of course, go back, turn that back on. And our notifications will start coming back in.
So they’ve just changed it a little bit, made it a little bit nicer. And of course, you have controls right here in your notifications as well. So it’s nice that they’ve updated like that. And then also, they’ve added something to quick settings that people have wanted for a very long time and that screen recording. So you’ve got the option to screen recording, you can record audio from the microphone, the show touches on the screen and plugs in an external microphone to record audio from that as well. So you have that option. Just hit start. And now we’re screen recording in 321. There we go. We’re just scrolling around. We’ll hit stop, and then it saves it.
So you’ll see it says save we’ll open it with photos
And you can see there’s the screen recording. So they’ve added that Finally, it’s built into the OS and can be used anywhere. Now if I receive a text from someone, it should pop up as you would expect. Give it just a second.
There we go. And we can press and hold on it again make it priority silent. And we also have the option for chat bubbles depending on what our settings are. So depending on the application, you can see it Nothing can bubble. All conversations can bubble. And we now have that option to make it a bubble.
62 new emoji as well In Android 11
Now within the OS, there should be 62 new emoji as well, along with different gender-variant skin tones, everything from a rock to a polar bear to olive so should be an olive, I guess we’ll have to go here. And you have different options. Now, they may or may not show up for you right away, but they should be there eventually.
There are 62 new ones with a bunch of different skin tones as well added in the Android 11
Now I know a lot of people love dark mode and they’ve asked updated this a little bit to have dark mode scheduling in the Android 11.
We’ll go into the display with Android 11
So you can read here, we’ll go into the display, we’ve got a dark theme. And now you can turn it on until sunrise, you can turn it off whenever you’d like. And it’s based on the schedule. So you can set that up that way. And it’s nice that it’s built-in. So it’s just a nice little updated feature. Some of the icons are updated as well. Now, if you use picture in picture, maybe have YouTube premium will swipe up here, we should get a little window, we can resize that window now by grabbing from the upper left.
So if we grab from the upper left of the window, a little bit tricky to do, but you can resize it by grabbing from the upper left of the window. And then of course, just close it out. So it’s just a nice little change, nothing huge, but they have changed it on pixel devices, they’ve made a slight change to the styles and wallpapers.
Changing the style with new Android 11
So if you’re changing the style, for example, and maybe you want to change one of these styles around, customize it, and then maybe not we’ll customize the font. We’ll go to next. We’ll choose an icon color. And now we have some new shapes. So there are three new shapes as far as that goes, we can go over to the end here, we have a couple of different ones. So we have pebble, ticket, and octagon.
So you’ll see there’s a bunch of different ones built-in. So just a slight change if you want to change it around like that. Now within the share sheet, you can pin apps to the share sheet.
So if we go to share, and we scroll through our app list while we’re sharing maybe Pinterest, for example, we can pin this to save it so we can pin it in. Now it appears at the top so we can pin any of these that we want. We can pin Gmail, you’ll see it appears. So now it’s in a customs area for apps you use most often. Now also within settings, you can see your notification history.
So if you go to notification history, I don’t have any because I didn’t have it turned on. But you can see that if you want it to keep track of it. It’s off by default. You can leave it off or you can turn it on and use it if you’d like to have it. Now also something you Don’t see his built-in exposure notifications, that will work a little bit better with the Android 11.
So if we look for exposure, there are exposure notifications built-in, it’s off by default. But if an application wants to try and use it, it can use it as long as it accepts your okay from within the app itself. So if you tell it, it’s okay to use it after installing an app, it will turn on without you having to mess with multiple settings. But again, it’s off by default.
Now within Android 11
They’ve upgraded privacy quite a bit. So it now allows a one time access to microphones, camera, and location when you’re opening an app for the first time for example, or if you haven’t used an app for a while, it may reset your settings to ask you if you want to allow those things again.
So for example, under the microphone, you’ll see a microphone. Of course, the camera probably wants to use it but you’ll see that you have the option to allow only while using the app, ask every time, or deny. So if I tell it to ask every time we’ll go home, open the camera, it will pop up and ask me Do I want to allow it only This time while using the app or deny it. So we’ll use it while using the app since that makes sense.
But it varies depending on whatever you want. And that’s application to application.
So it’s nice that they’ve added that in the Android 11, there are a couple of things you can’t see such as wireless Android Auto that they’ve added. Also, auto-filling prompts, it will ask if you want to fill different locations where you’re filling in a bunch of information. And there are a bunch of little changes throughout the OS. So from on pixel devices, you have suggested apps at the top and other places throughout.
But those are the major changes in the Android 11, of course, settings do look a little bit different. Privacy is always nice to see them update that. And there’s a bunch of little changes and tweaks with the Android 11. If you’re a developer, you can go in and check out as well. So you’ll see everything looks a little bit different. It’s got a nice refresh on it. And so far after using it, it’s been pretty fast on these pixels. So on the pixel four a, the four XL, I’ve used it on different pixels and it seems to work just fine and nice and fast.
Better Battery Life Android 11
So I would expect the same or better battery life in the new Android 11, the same or better performance and it just seems to be getting better and better. So there’s not a whole lot of other changes. It’s not a huge refresh, but a lot is going on in the background. Now if you’d like to get wallpapers, You can download from this link
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