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Android 11 officially launched

Last updated on September 24, 2020

In addition to the current Google smartphones, some models from OnePlus, Oppo, Realme and Xiaomi are already being updated to the latest Android version. However, this is still a beta version.

Google yesterday officially released the final version of Android 11 after several beta versions. In addition to the current Pixel smartphones, some devices from OnePlus (8, 8 Pro), Oppo (Find X2, Find X2 Pro, Reno3 4G and Reno3 Pro 4G), Realme (X50 Pro) and Xiaomi should update to the latest version of Google’s Mobile OS received. This is not the final version yet, but beta versions.

Xiaomi names the two premium smartphones Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro for the Android 11 update, for which beta versions based on Android 11 have been available for some time. An Android 11 beta is also available for the Poco F2 Pro , so it can be assumed that the cheap Xiaomi smartphone will also soon receive the Android 11 update.

Android 11: Features

Android 11 brings a number of improvements, which Android chief developer Dave Burke explains in more detail in eleven points:

    1. I often switch between several messengers in order to stay in contact with those who are important to me. In Android 11, conversations across messaging apps are moved to a separate area in the notifications, so that you can easily see your various chats in one place. You can also assign priorities to the chats with your loved ones so that you don’t miss any important messages.Android 11 features (Image: Google)
    2. Multitasking? No problem – thanks to “Bubbles”! Reply directly to an important message without having to switch between apps.

Android 11: Screen recording (Screenshot: ZDNet.de)

    1. The integrated screen recorder is finally here: Now you can record everything on your smartphone and share it with others. Record the sound from your microphone (e.g. through your headphones), your device, or both¹ – you don’t need an additional app.
    2. From now on you can access all your compatible smart devices in one place – just press and hold the on / off switch. So you can control your connected devices such as intelligent lamps or your smart door lock with a tap of your finger without having to open several apps.

Android 11: Media control (Screenshot: ZDNet.de)

    1. We redesigned the media controls to make them even more helpful. You can now switch quickly from one device to the other while listening to music (e.g. from your headphones to the loudspeaker) without missing a beat.
    2. Android Auto now works wirelessly on all Android 11-enabled smartphones if you have a compatible car. So you can take the best of your smartphone with you on every trip. You no longer need to connect your smartphone to the cable, you can navigate with your fingertips², send a message by voice, play your favorite song and let the Google Assistant help you.
    3. “One-time authorizations” allow you to give an app one-time access to your most sensitive authorizations: microphone, camera and location. The next time the app needs access to the sensors, it will have to ask your permission again.

Android 11: Data protection (Screenshot: ZDNet.de)

  1. If you haven’t used an app in a while, you may not want it to keep accessing your data. Android will now “automatically reset” the authorizations for your unused apps – and notify you accordingly. You can decide at any time to give the app access again the next time you open it.
  2. With additional update modules for Google Play you get even more security and privacy fixes from Google Play, just like you get updates for your apps. That way, you’ll get these fixes as soon as they’re available – and you don’t have to wait for a full Android update.
  3. Android Enterprise users get the same privacy with Android 11 on both their private and company devices. The work profile gives your IT department the tools to manage a device without the ability to monitor your personal data or usage activity on your phone.
  4. If you are a Pixel user (from Pixel 2 or newer), you get even more features to better organize and manage your smartphone. So you get z. B. App suggestions on your home screen based on your daily routines, the ability to select both text and images or to be able to take screenshots of an app – and much more.

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