Google is officially announced Android 11 after several months of beta testing. It has arrived as the successor for the Android 10 that debuted last year. The Android 11 OS update is now available for Pixel-branded smartphones such as Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4a.
A couple of other smartphones from brands like OnePlus Xiaomi, POCO, OPPO, and Realme will be soon receiving the Android 11 OS update soon. The newly announced Android 11 OS upgrade offers an enhanced multi-tasking experience, provides better control over privacy, and improved notifications.
Phones eligible for Android 11 update
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus Pro users can upgrade to Oxygen 11 based on Android 11 through an open beta update from today. The OPPO Find X2 series is also eligible for a beta version of ColorOS 11 based on Android 11 from today. Realme has also confirmed that the Android 11 Preview edition is now available for the owners of Realme X50 Pro 5G.
OPPO will be releasing the beta update to 2,000 users, whereas Realme will be providing the preview edition update only to 100 users. In China, the Android 11 update is now available for OPPO Ace2 and Realme X50 Pro Player Edition. The Mi Pilot MIUI global stable beta ROM of MIUI 12 based on Android 11 will be available for users of Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and POCO F2 Pro. Owners of these phones can register their IMEI numbers on the Mi Global community website until today.
Android 11: top features
Android 11 brings in several new features. Notifications have been improved, with alerts from different messaging apps merged into a single section in the drop-down notification shade. This prevents notifications from getting mixed with other notifications that arrive throughout the day. It also allows users to prioritize conversations.
The Facebook-like new bubbles features make it possible to conveniently respond to messages while using other apps. Android 11 also brings its own native screen recorder app, which can be accessed through the Quick Settings tiles.
If a user is using a music player, it will now show up in the Quick Settings section on Android instead of appearing on top of the notification drawer. Google now offers a new section in Android 11 for handling smart home devices without opening an app. This can be accessed by pressing and holding the power button.
In Android 11, apart from the existing app permission options, there is a new option to provide permissions only once for an app. This will prevent rogue apps from misusing data and location access. The app card view can be accessed by swiping up and holding to access options for taking a screenshot and editing and adding text to it. This feature is specifically available for Pixel devices only.