Android 11: new features and all you need to know about the update

by nativetechdoctor
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Android 11 is now available in beta for pixels and some smartphones. Android 11 has many new features including native video screenshots, a one-time permission system, and auto dark mode. We are considering new features, release dates, and smartphones compatible with Android 11.

Android 11 is the next version of the mobile operating system – the second that is only publicly known by its version name. Internally, the system still retains a candy name, since engineers affectionately call it “Red Velvet Cake.”

When will Android 11 be available?

Google has just released the 2nd public beta of Android 11. The final version will be released in September, possibly on September 8, 2020, along with the release of Pixel 5. For more information, see the Android 11 Implementation Schedule.

What is new in Android 11?

Google has covered the main new features of Android 11 for developers. The main new features which mainly affect Android users are summarized below. In the coming months, Google will be lifting the veil on more additions and changes.

Allow access to geolocation only once

Like iOS 13, Android 11 implements a one-time permissions system. Users will be able to choose to share their geographic location with a third-party application once. The next time the app wants to collect your location, it will have to ask for your permission again. Same story for gaining access to your phone’s camera or microphone. Similarly, the Play Store will only allow apps to request access to your location if it is necessary to “perform their primary function.” Google already has similar restrictions in place for apps that collect text messages and call history.

Restrictive permissions extended to other resources

Another important point about permissions, restrictive permissions, which allow access to a resource only when the application is active (in the foreground), will be extended. In Android 10, they only concerned access to location. In Android 11, they will also be compatible with photo sensors (including the selfie sensor) and with microphones. The aim is to prevent any unauthorized collection of information.

On a related note, Google introduced a new smarter permissions management option in Android 11 Developers Preview 3. A new tweak lets Android 11 automatically revoke permissions for apps you don’t use. more so as to protect your personal data, and enhance the security of your smartphone.

Another restriction that the company explains by its desire to protect user privacy is to force you to use the default camera application in Android 11. Users will no longer be able to opt for the camera application of their choice. when they want to take a photo or video from a third-party application.

Android 11 adapts to new types of screens

With Android 11, Google is adapting its mobile OS to new screen designs that have appeared on the market, such as perforated panels or very curved screens (Waterfall Display). The firm provides a programming interface which makes it possible to exploit the specific features of these screens. Concretely, future Android applications will be better optimized for screens of this kind.

After the release of the first smartphones with foldable screens (Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X), this version of Android will natively support its new panel formats and its devices that change their handling on the fly. Android 11 will be able to detect whether a hinge is open and closed, as well as the opening angle in order to adapt the interface according to the intended use by the manufacturer.

Another new feature supported by Android is the high refresh rates. Android 11 will be the first version natively compatible with 90 Hz and 120 Hz screens, that is, panels that display 90 or 120 frames per second.

Native video screenshots

Android 11 natively integrates a video screenshot system. The option is directly accessible in the quick settings of your smartphone in the “screen recording” section.

A conversations category in notifications

Google is adding a section dedicated to conversations in the Android action center. All your current messages and conversations will be listed in this section. In addition, Android 11 will allow developers to place your current conversations in bubbles, like Facebook Messenger. All messaging applications can take advantage of this system, which is very popular with users.

An automatic dark mode

As on iOS 13, Android 11 will automatically switch from light mode to dark mode and vice versa. This new option allows you to activate the mode according to sunrise or sunset or according to preset times.

Android 11 prepares for the arrival of 5G

Android 11 provides developers with programming interfaces to determine if a user is connected to a 5G network. Depending on the network to which your phone is connected, the applications will adapt their mobile data consumption. A 5G indicator is also provided in the operating system. Developers can use it to display connectivity in applications.

By the way, Android 11 is shaking up the nomenclature a bit at the risk of erasing the line between 4G and 5G. Wireless networks will look like this in Android 11:

  • LTE (4G): 4G or LTE
  • LTE with signal aggregation (4G +): 4G + or LTE +
  • LTE Advanced Pro (4G ++): 5Ge
  • 5G sub-6GHz: 5G
  • 5G mmWave: 5G +

Android updates via the Play Store

Determined to speed up the deployment of Android updates, Google is looking to simplify the process. For this, the company is updating more and more elements of the Android system through the Play Store. With Android 11, 22 Android modules can be updated via the store, compared to only 10 elements in Android 10. With Android 11, Google also wants to systematize the installation of updates in the background in order to make the procedure smoother. ‘user.

Universal playback controls in the Quick Settings panel

Android 11 changes the placement of playback controls. Until then, notifications allowed content to be paused – when certain apps were running. This system is completely replaced by permanent and universal reading controls directly in the quick settings panel in which we also find for example the buttons to activate or deactivate WiFi, Bluetooth and Airplane mode. This media player is also accessible via the smartphone’s locked screen. Via this revised player, it is possible to switch from one audio output to another, for example.

Improved autofill passwords

With Android 11, Google is making auto-filling passwords even easier. Now, password suggestions are no longer displayed in a pop-up prompt next to input fields, but directly on the virtual keyboard. Apple has been using the same method on iOS for a while. By choosing this approach, Google wants to do away with the sluggish interface of autofill pop-ups to provide a smoother experience.

Which smartphones are compatible with Android 11?


  • Nokia 9 PureView 
  • Nokia 8.3
  • Nokia 8.1 
  • Nokia 7.2
  • Nokia 6.2
  • Nokia 5.3
  • Nokia 4.2
  • Nokia 3.2
  • Nokia 3.1 Plus
  • Nokia 2.3
  • Nokia 2.2
  • Nokia 1.3
  • Nokia 1 Plus


  • OnePlus Nord
  • OnePlus 8 Pro (dev preview)
  • OnePlus 8 (dev preview)
  • OnePlus 7T Pro
  • OnePlus 7T
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7
  • OnePlus 6T


  • Redmi K30 Pro
  • Redmi K30

Redmi usually guarantees an operating system update, so future devices may include:

  • Redmi K30 5G
  • Redmi K30 Racing Edition
  • Redmi K30i 5G
  • Redmi 10X Pro
  • Redmi 10X 5G
  • Redmi 10X 4G
  • Redmi Note 9
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9s
  • Redmi 9
  • Redmi 9C
  • Redmi 9A
  • Redmi K20 Pro
  • Redmi K20


  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 20
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Galaxy S20+ 5G
  • Galaxy S20+
  • Galaxy S20 5G
  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S10 5G
  • Galaxy S10+
  • Galaxy S10
  • Galaxy S10e
  • Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip
  • Galaxy Fold 5G
  • Galaxy Fold
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 20 5G
  • Galaxy Note 20
  • Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
  • Galaxy Note 10+
  • Galaxy Note 10 5G
  • Galaxy Note 10
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Galaxy A Quantum
  • Galaxy A90 5G
  • Galaxy A71 5G
  • Galaxy A71
  • Galaxy A51 5G
  • Galaxy A51
  • Galaxy A41
  • Galaxy A31
  • Galaxy A21s
  • Galaxy A21
  • Galaxy A11
  • Galaxy A01
  • Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G
  • Galaxy Tab S7+
  • Galaxy Tab S7 5G
  • Galaxy Tab S7
  • Galaxy Tab S6 5G
  • Galaxy Tab S6
  • Galaxy Tab S6 Lite


  • Xiaomi Mi 10 (beta)
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Xiaomi also guarantees two operating system updates, so according to Tech In Deep it may include the following devices, but there is still no confirmation:

  • Mi 10 Youth Edition (Lite Zoom)
  • Mi CC 9 Pro
  • Mi Note 10
  • Mi Note 10 Pro
  • Mi Note 10 Lite
  • Mi 10 Lite 5G
  • Mi 9
  • Mi 9 Pro 5G
  • Mi 9 SE
  • Mi CC 9
  • Mi 9 Lite
  • Mi CC 9 Meitu Edition 
  • Mi A3
  • Mi 9T Pro 
  • Mi 9T

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