Android 11 now ready for Pixel phones
Google has released the stable build of the Android 11 update for Pixel phones. This includes the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4a series of devices.
To carry out the update navigate to heading into Settings > System > Advanced > System update. You can find the factory images here and the full OTA images here.
Android 11 had lots of new features, many of which are focused mainly on messaging and notifications. The notifications shows a separate section for messaging apps, which help separate messages from other notifications on your phone. The new Bubbles feature, an absolute rip-off of the Facebook Chat Heads, will display floating elements on the edge of the screen, which keeps recent chats from all your messaging apps.
Android 11 also comes with a new screen recorder feature. This has been included by most third-party OEMs by now within their software but will be new to Pixel devices.
The power button menu is completely overhauled. Making you see all of your smart home devices when you press and hold the power button. It will also show your payment options for instant payments with NFC readers.
More changes are in the media controls aspect, with a UI reminiscent of iOS. The media player notification will now let you quickly switch the audio output device between your phone speaker, your headphones, or a Chromecast enabled device nearby.
Android Auto arrives in a wireless rig on Android 11, as long as your vehicle’s audio system is compatible.
On the privacy settings, Android 11 brings in two new features. It allows you to grant one-time access to permissions to apps. This way, you don’t have to worry about manually disabling the permission after you are done using the app or wonder if it is using it in the background. Second, if an app isn’t used for a longtime, Android will automatically revoke its permissions so it doesn’t continue to access data in the background.
Google is also increasing the number of security and privacy updates that can be sent to your device through Google Play, so your phone doesn’t have to get a full OS update for them. These updates can just be go on in the background like app updates.
For Android Enterprise users, Android 11 gives a new work profile that lets the IT department ways to manage the device without accessing your personal profile information.
Lastly, Pixel device owners will also get some exclusive features, like app suggestions on the home screen based on your daily routines. And new overview actions that lets you to take a screenshot of an app and select text and images, and more.
Aside from Google, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, and Xiaomi are also making their Android 11 update available today. However, there is a catch. Unlike Google, these OEMs are only offering a public beta today. Secondly, these updates are only available on a handful of devices and in case of Realme, only to the first 100 people.
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