After months of leaks, previews, and beta programs, Android 11 is finally live. The new software was announced on 8th September 2020 and is the eleventh major release of Google’s widely used operating platform that has become a lifeline of many modern devices. Much like the past updates, we do not get to see any drastic changes in the design or features that can alter the way we use our smartphones in our daily lives but at the same time, we get to see some small improvements that can enhance the user’s lifestyle by providing a little more efficiency. We have already listed some of our favorite features of the new Android 11 and now lets dive in to see whether you need this update or not and which phones will be the first to receive it.
Why you need Android 11?
You might be wondering, why is the world so excited about this update as the same event keeps on happening every year. So, let us list down some of the reasons why you need this new operating system and why you should be excited about its arrival:
1) More Security
For those who considered Android 11 a mere cosmetic update will be surprised to see the new security features that Google has provided for data conscious users. People can now take more control of what apps can access on their devices. With features like one-time permissions and auto-reset permissions, you can now choose whether to allow apps the permission to access sensitive data or not. People also get more control over their location sharing especially with apps that are not in use. Furthermore, the software can block an app from requesting permission repeatedly if it has been denied access multiple times already.
2) Better Management of Conversations
Android 11 allows the users to keep all their conversations or important messages in one place which means, you won’t have to check all those different messaging apps to see and reply to your texts. Moreover, the new update also comes with Facebook Messenger-style chat bubbles to provide more ease while communicating.
3) Capture Content Easily
Though screen recording is already available in almost all phones due to the manufacturer’s custom skin on top of Android OS, this time, Google has provided this feature natively in its new update. Moreover, Pixel users will also be able to copy, save, and share images, info, etc. between many apps far more easily than before.
4) Enhanced Accessibility
Android 11 has built up from its previous software to provide features like Talkback braille keyboard that can type braille through your Android device, better online and offline Voice Access that can help to better navigate the phone, and lastly Lookout which comes with Scan Document and Food Label modes to help users with low vision or blindness get things done quickly and easily. With the new OS, you also get more control over your smart devices and media playing on the phone.
5) Better at Prediction
Google is using Artificial Intelligence to better predict the habits and routines of the users in Android 11 which in turn can help the person through features like Smart Reply, App Suggestions, and Smart Folders to make their busy life much efficient than before.
6) Enhanced Usability
Looking at all the new features of Android 11, we can see that the new update is heavily focused on providing more efficiency and ease to the users. It can now help screening apps to be better at identifying spam calls so you won’t have to waste time in the future, can help to better detect 5G connection, and offers features like Ethernet tethering, more gesture sensitivity, etc. to help you get more out of your smartphone.
Phones getting Android 11 update
Till now, I am sure that we have finally convinced you that Android 11 will change your life for the better but sadly, only a few phones are going to receive this new update at the moment. Here’s a list of all phones receiving the new operating system or are confirmed to receive it soon:
1) Google Pixel
Google has started to roll out the new update to its Pixel 2 and newer phones including Pixel 3, Pixel 3A, Pixel 4, Pixel. If you are a Pixel user, you can go to your Settings app > System > Advanced > System update > Check for update to see if it’s available on your smartphone. Since rolling out a new OS update takes time, don’t be disappointed if your phone hasn’t received Android 11 yet and just wait patiently.
The smartphone company is rolling out an open Beta of its Oxygen OS 11 based on Android 11 for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. If you wish to be a part of the program to get your hands on the software before its official release, you can do so by following the instructions provided on the OnePlus forums.
Though Nokia has publicly announced that they plan to roll out the new Android 11 update, we are still in the dark about which phones will be the first to receive the new OS. Since the Nokia smartphones come with stock Android, it will be far easier for the company to provide the new operating system to the consumers, unlike other companies who have to work extra hard to perfect their custom UI before offering the updated OS.
The Chinese smartphone giant has confirmed on Twitter that its two devices, Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro will be the first ones to get the Android 11 update and it has finally launched the beta program for the early adopters who want to test out the new OS before the user interface is officially launched.
Realme has finally released Realme UI 2.0 preview for its flagship Realme X50 Pro smartphone this month and the people have already started to try their hands on the new features that will soon make their way to the company’s other devices.