Android 11 New Features and updates

The 11th installment of the Android operating system - named Android 11 has arrived. Focusing on improving how you use your smartphone day to day, you can expect even more powerful device controls, easier ways to manage and organised conversations, improved smart phone controls and much more.

Android 11 is available on a some of the Android devices, with Google Pixel handsets to be the first to receive the update.

Here are some of the updated features:


Notifications are changing for Android 11. Instead of a mixed list containing everything from messages to app updates, notifications are now organised into three categories:

1. Conversations,

2. Alerting

3. Silent.

The Conversations section:

It is reserved for interactions with others. Standard text messages and missed call notifications will sit here, but you'll also find messages from apps like What’s App, Facebook Messenger and even Instagram’s direct messages will be placed into this section as well, so you can be confident that you'll never miss a message no matter what platform you're using.

one step further, Android 11 will even let you assign priority levels to certain notifications in this category. For example, you can label texts from a Specific Person is high priority, and place direct messages from Twitter or Instagram as low priority at the end of the day it's up to you.

Alerting and Silent Sections:

They will be the same as Android 10. You can manually silence notifications from Specific apps, and they'll automatically be placed into the Silent category. Everything else will be placed into your Alerting section like follows on social media like Twitter and Instagram or alerts from YouTube when your favourite influence uploads a new video.

Chat Bubbles Option

This option was first introduced in the Android 10, but the feature has been reviewed and placed front and center for Android 11. New and improved, once Chat Bubbles option is activated a small, circular icon will appear at the side of your screen whenever you receive a message from a lot of apps and chat services.

Designed to help users to multitask without losing focus on whatever they are doing, it conveniently sits on top of all apps. Simply tap to reply, then tap back to view your main screen. You won't need to navigate away from what you are doing, the user can flick between chats from different apps too. From Chat Bubbles, user can reply to someone on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and more from the same location.

To activate this option, just head to Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications > Bubbles and make sure the switch is on.

Screen Recorder Option

Finally, users can record whatever is on their screen without having to download a third-party app. All you need to do is to open up the Quick Settings (some Android users may need to swipe left to do this) and you can start recording.

Users will also have a couple of options while recording Like they can record with or without audio and they can also select whether the screen taps appear in the footage or not.

Smart Device Controls

Android 11 has made it easier for users to take control for all smart devices added to their homes Just by using their Android 11 device.

Just hold down the power button on your Android 11 device, and underneath your usual power related features you'll find a number of options related to the smart devices you have installed in your home.

Instead of individually installing various smart home apps, Android 11 will pull your smart devices into this space to give you fast access. 6 devices will be automatically added, but you can add and remove any device at any time.

From here, you can tap on smart lights or Kitchen smart appliances like kettles to switch them on or off, lock and unlock doors and even users can check cameras around their homes.

Wireless Android Auto

Helping users to navigate the roads, and giving them an easy access to their favourite music apps, podcasts, calendars and more, Android Auto has been loved by Android users for a long time. Until now, only Google Pixel users could use this feature wirelessly, but it's now available to all Android users.

As long as the vehicle or the car you're driving has wireless Android Auto support, you'll never have to worry about remembering your wires again.

Optimised Voice Controls

Voice Controls helps users to navigate your Android through Google Assistant, and they're particularly useful for users with mobility issues. Faster and better than ever, there have been some major upgrades for Android 11 to help you go completely hands free.

Before, certain controls would ask you to tap on the screen to carry out various tasks. For example, to compose a tweet using Twitter you would be asked to 'Tap 4'. Now, you can open the app and begin composing a tweet just by saying 'Open Twitter, compose tweet.'

Voice Access can also be used offline, ensuring support will always be there, even if the Wi-Fi lets you down.