As we all know there will be a huge update for our smart phones at a periodic time of the year asking to schedule install or allot a time for it.

In the same way recently in 2020 Android 11 started as a beta for a couple of google devices. Recently it started to roll out for many other devices like Samsung and Oneplus flagships.

First things first, Android 10 was a bit bigger leap into what you can call a simple and easy task full filling operating system. The gestures, notifications , the dark mode were something that were really new for that time.

But at first impressions like from the first boot there’s no much difference that can be spotted in Android 11. There are some slight changes that matter the most in Android 11.

Spoiler Alert

The list doesn’t cover all the features of Android 11 as there are many small features present. These are only the major ones

Conversation Notification

In Android 10 there are certain notifications that appear for no good reason. Just because they are at high priority. Lower priority apps are in silent notification area.

In Android 11, this feature changed. There are now three notification categories: Conversations, Alerting, and Silent. This section, quite obviously, houses all your conversations. This would mean any app where you are directly communicating with someone else, including text messages. It would also apply to direct messages within other apps, such as Instagram.

You can also prioritize conversations and apps within this session. For example, this property would allow you to give priority to those messages from your girlfriend rather than you’re best friend.

Notification History

This is the latest and most awesome feature in my view. Think about it like this, you get a notification and you accidentally swipe it away and then later on you regret about it. Well good news mate you’ve got this new feature

This new feature on Android 11 will allow you to check back on the notifications that you’ve got since 24 hours. All those notifications you missed, swiped away will be there in the from of a check list so that you can easily get back to them.

Well there’s a tiny bad news about it. It is not present by default you should enable it.  You need to go to.

Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications > Notification history

Turn on this feature and even all you’re silent notifications can be seen.

Chat Bubbles

Well the name says it all. Google is trying to make all the functions and other notifications, conversations and chat apps are all related.

This was first appeared in Android 10, we never knew why it was brought down in the later stable updates.

If you’ve ever used Facebook messenger in android you can easily know what a chat bubble is. In messenger it is called “chat head” it appears on top of every app overlay. A quick tap of the icon launches the chat and you can minimize the chat back to an icon. Done with the conversation? You can remove the chat head and the next conversation starts.

Android 11 Screen Recorder

There are plenty of apps on the Google Play Store that will record you’re phone screen. With that in mind, a native screen recorder within Android 11 might seem a bit late , but it’s still exciting.

It is late, but it’s latest.

The screen recorder function lives in the Quick Settings tiles. You tap the Screen Record feature which gives you a few options before you start recording. For example, you can choose whether or not your screen-taps should also be recorded and whether the phone should capture audio, too.

The whole thing is very simplistic, but it gets the job done. If you need a more fully-featured screen recorder, you can always stick with your favorite third-party app. For most people, though, this native app should be just fine

Media Options

In android 10 the music control and other features regarding music apps such as spotify and others used to appear on the notifications panel. For a change in android 11 there is a conversation tab there, so the media control tab will be there below the quick settings icon.

This is not just a mere notification, it is a mini- app

This implies that media control is a tool rather than just a notification.

When you swipe down your notification drawer, the media controller will be pretty small. It will show you the app it’s related to, cover art, basic controls, and on which system the media is playing. If you pull down again on the drawer, the alert expands and shows the information you see in the image above.

In a nice touch, you can tap on the playback system (“Phone speaker” in the image above) and quickly push the audio or video out to a different system. This will make it incredibly easy to switch from your phone speaker to your Bluetooth headphones, for example.

Smart device controls

As there are growing numbers of people who are interested to make their homes turn into smart homes incorporating smart devices like smart bulbs and voice assistants like alexa, google has brought up this new feature where you can control all the smart devices in your home from your phone.

You can hold down the power button to launch the new tool. At the top, you’ll find the usual power features, but underneath, you’ll see a lot more options. There’s a Google pay, shortcut that allows you to quickly choose which payment method you want your next contactless transaction to use. Under that, you’ll see a bunch of buttons connected to your various smart home products.

Android 11 will pre-populate this field with six of your devices, but you can add/remove devices as you see fit. Whichever devices you settle on, you can tap them to turn lights on or off, check your security cameras, unlock your front door, etc. No more opening three separate apps to do all those things

Wireless Android Auto

Android auto is such a great feature which comes with an annoying incapability where you need to plug your mobile device to the car in order to make it work.

Thanks to android 11 now it has become wireless, the only thing is the infotainment in your car needs to updated or should be compatible with android 11. It is very good and a trend setter for the latest generation cars and a bit of a bad news for old cars.

Security and Privacy

Recently google has faced a lot of turmoil regarding the data breach or location tracking and simple negligence over allowing apps that can track our location even though we don’t use them often

Google has given many awesome features in terms of privacy and security.

The Android 11 update brings some changes to app permissions. Now, you can grant an app permission to, say, your camera or location, on a one-off basis, instead of the existing options of ‘all the time’ and ‘only while using the app.

your phone will automatically revoke permissions for apps if you haven’t used them in a while, so an app won’t track your location if you forget you have it downloaded. For example if a user gives permission for an app, once they close the app, Android will revoke that permission. If a user wants to grant permission every time they use the app, that option is still there, but an option to grant permission all the time won’t be available for a lot of apps. This will make things much safer for users and make it much more difficult for stupid apps to collect the information you might not want them to collect.

Well that’s some attractive features for now. Will be posting some more tech and gaming news again.. Until then

Stay Tuned

_________ Team SVSKHD