Android 11 is the next major release for the most popular mobile operating system. However, it doesn’t involve any major system overhaul and this time, it’s about some fine-tuning modifications, including improving permission management, toning down visual clutter and improving the messaging experience. Here are major new features that we will get from Android 11:
- Permanently pinned notifications: With Android 11, the most important notifications will be permanently pinned to the top and other notifications after that. This important for Android users who are involved in various conversations, because new replies can be buried easily in clutter.
- Chat bubble: If you have been using Facebook Messenger app, chat bubbles are quite useful. With Android 11, we could expect that chat bubble will become a standard feature. However, compared to the chat bubble of the Facebook Messenger app, the one provided by Android will be quite bare-bones. At this moment, Facebook’s implementation of chat bubble remains superior and more useful. However, we could be hopeful that the chat bubble will be improved gradually, until it will become more functional. It’s accepted well by Android users, it will certainly continue to improve.
- Changes in dock: Most Android smartphones have a dock that contains five apps or more. However, things are changing with Android 11. On your screen, regular shortcuts should be moved upwards, if you decide to enable the suggestion feature of the Home screen app. The regular dock row will show the most used apps based on your regular activities.
- Quicker to control connected smart devices: The new Android 11 should be a boon if you are connected to various smart devices. When you press and hold the power button, you will be given the ability to control connected smart home devices, other than the usual options to power off or restart your device. Without opening any app, you can quickly access the Google Pay cards. It is a good improvement because this screen is still underused. It will make your power button more versatile with Android 11.
- Repeated confirmations for app permissions: In any platform or operating system, privacy is always a crucial factor. In Android 11, privacy is still an important matter, because you will define permissions repeatedly. If you open a newly installed app, you will be asked to allow a list of permission only once with earlier Android version. But with Android 11, you can define permissions repeatedly. This may sound like a hassle, but if you really care about security and privacy, it is important to make sure that permissions are assigned correctly. If you haven’t used the app for quite a long time, Android 11 will ask about the permission again.
At the moment, there’s still no official confirmation about the release of the Android 11. However, based on what happened in the past, it is possible that the Android 11 will be released in Q3 this year. Overall, you shouldn’t experience major changes after upgrading your smartphone from Android 10 to 11. Even so, it is good to know the Android OS is getting more mature and polished.