On September 8, 2020, Google officially released the 11th version of the popular Android operating system after four public betas. Now, 104 days after the release of Android 11, we intend to put its most important changes compared to previous versions of Android under a magnifying glass. Stay tuned to Zummit.
Google considers Android 11 to be an operating system that “does what matters.” Technology giant in The official website of Android Introduces the most important aspects of its new operating system in six genres: “Conversations”, “Content Recording”, “Predictive Tools”, “Accessibility”, “Device Control” and “Privacy and Security”. In each of these sections, what new feature or feature has been added to the lovely Android operating system?
It can be imagined that in today’s world of communication, a major part of people’s use of smartphones is friendly chat or business conversation in various messengers. Therefore, in updating Android 11, Google displays 11 notifications related to conversations separately from other notifications in the form of a set called Conversations in the notification bar.
Google even goes so far as to separate conversations from each other, allowing the user to disable or prioritize them so that the conversation with a particular person does not disappear amidst a plethora of ads. Mountain View engineers have also made it possible for app notifications or conversations to go through the Do Not Disturb settings.
If you are a fan of Facebook Messenger Chat Heads, you will probably be very interested in the Android 11 Bubble feature. Google allows conversations in various messengers, such as Google’s Telegram or Messages, to float together like a bubble on the interface so that they can be quickly accessed in any environment and bubbled in a corner of the interface after the conversation. Left.
Record or record and share content
Although customized versions of various Android operating systems, such as One UI and EMUI, have long offered Screen-Record capability, users of the pure version of Android can now use the 11th version of the operating system with key help in the quick settings section without the need for peripherals. Capture their smartphone with the ability to record audio and display the touch screen of the movie screen.
With the latest version of Android, Google provides the ability to select, copy and share text or photos from one application with another. In this regard, Mountain View engineers, by making changes to the recent apps page, also allow the user to select text from the cards on the recent apps page or take screenshots of them; Of course, according to our studies, the Google tool does not recognize Persian texts from the heart of the cards.
In Android 11, the screenshot preview mechanism has also been changed. In the new version of Android, instead of displaying a notification, a small preview of the screenshot appears in the lower left corner of the screen, along with icons for editing or sharing and closing the preview. The only weakness of the new mechanism is the lack of possibility to remove screenshots immediately.
Tools for predicting user intent
Smart Replies: The Pixel family of phones with Android 11 offers text answers or emojis based on the ongoing conversation.
App Suggestions: Pixel family phones with Android show 11 rows of suggested apps on the Home screen. These apps change during the day depending on the algorithm of the person using the phone.
Smart Folders: The Pixel family of phones with Android 11 offers names such as Photography for folders containing applications of the same genre, such as the Photos app and the camera.
Google says that in Android 11, Voice Access is faster and easier, and it works even without an Internet connection. Also, intuitive labels on apps help to better navigate within the phone environment and control it by voice.
Control of devices and multimedia content
Thanks to Android 11, holding down the power key no longer simply displays options for shutting down, restarting, or emergency locking the device; But now there are two other sections in the menu: the first section belongs to the Google payment service called Google Pay; The second part is about controlling the tools and appliances of smart homes, such as the lighting system of different parts of the house or door locks.
Android Otto, Google’s solution to use the various capabilities of Android phones on the car Infotainment system, is now streamed wirelessly on the car dashboard on all Android 11-based smartphones; A feature that seems unlikely to be particularly effective for the Iranian user in the current situation!
Google makes it easier to control multimedia content in Android 11. Content control tools are now displayed as tabs in the notification bar; But these cards are no longer stacked in a column and do not take up space, instead they can be moved by horizontal swipe between them. In the form of these cards, Google also allows the user to switch between different audio players, such as headphones, Bluetooth speakers or the phone’s own speaker.
Privacy and security
Users with Android 10 could restrict the access of any application to the geographical location, camera or microphone only for the duration of using that application. Now with Android 11, you can access the application at once. In fact, to give access to the geographical location in the background, the user must refer to the application info page in the settings menu; An extra step to give the user more time to decide whether to license the app!
Google goes even further in the privacy debate. Thanks to Android 11, if the user grants access to camera, microphone or geolocation data to the desired application; But if you do not use the application for a long time, the operating system will automatically terminate the access to the application.
Receive privacy and security updates in Android 11, such as app updates, are downloaded directly from Google Play. Also, with Scoped storage in Android 11, Google restricts access to shared storage for all applications. Google says only the company’s approved apps will have “special access” to all files in shared storage.
Other notable features
5G network type detection: Android 11 allows developers to get information such as estimated connection bandwidth, 5G network type including things like mmW or sub-6GHz, and connection volume limitation, according to new APIs from the current 5G network to which the device is connected.
Detection of screen cut or curvature: Android 11 allows developers to have more freedom in dealing with screen cuts or to prevent accidental touches of waterfall screens in their applications.
Hinge diagnosis: Due to the growing popularity of foldable devices, Android 11 now, thanks to its new APIs, has the ability to detect hinges or screen folds, and can monitor the location of hinges and screens instantly with the help of sensors inside the phone.
Nearby Share: A feature similar to Apple’s Air Drop that allows you to quickly and securely transfer items such as files, videos or geolocation to Android devices, Chromebooks or other devices with the Chrome browser. This feature automatically selects the best protocol for communication between WebRTC, Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE or P2P Wi-Fi.
Android 11 is not a comprehensive update with a host of basic features; We should not expect radical and sudden changes from an adult platform like Android. Nevertheless, Android 11 enhances the user experience of the Android smartphone and shows that Google is on the right track. Important features of Android 11 include better control of apps’ access to important user data, segregated notifications, integrated control of multimedia content, and better compatibility with collapsible device design.
Although Google began releasing Android 11 updates simultaneously on pixel devices along with a number of OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Reelmi models, it appears that issues such as multiple customized UIs and the need to work with multiple operators continue to cause problems. For example, more than three months after the release of the pure version of Android 11, Samsung started releasing One UI 3.0 with Android 11 for three Galaxy S20 models a few days ago and will continue this process until September 2021 to cover all its products. Dad!
What do you think about Android 11 What are its new features and the permanent Achilles heel of Android?
- Improved privacy and security capabilities
- Separate notifications for conversations and make them easier to manage
- Video recording of the operating system environment
- Integrated and better control of multimedia content
- Operating system fragmentation; Woe to Android!