A massive chunk of people all around the world is using Android devices. Android is a mobile-OS built by Google, and 86% of the world population uses Android smartphones. Recently, Android has previewed its new OS update. Google calls it Android 11. Android App Developers having Pixel 2, 3, 3a, or 4 devices can take an early look at this Android version and test it. Google has done a few tweaks here and there while bringing adding some quintessential features. This Android version sees improvement in 5G support, tighter privacy and security features, a new messaging interface, and behavior changes for apps. We all know that features in Android 9.0 Pie and Android 10 were loved by the users and got a lot of applauds. Google believes that Android 11 will create the same sense in the audience this time
Booming Features of Android 11
Finally, Android 11 introduces the Bubbles feature this year. This feature was supposed to launch last year with Android 10, but Google delayed the plan. Many hardcore Android users have been eagerly waiting for this feature to roll out. Not only you can open conversation in a bubble, but also you can add a shortcut to the conversation right on the home screen. Or, you can mark it ‘as important.’ Right now, Google’s messaging app supports this feature.
2. App Permissions
Android 11 has added the pop-up for giving temporary permission to your apps to enhance Android’s security and privacy. Apple introduces this feature last year in its iOS update. It seems that Google has taken that out form iOS’s book. Keeping it aside, this is a nice little touch by Android to make your phone secure. In Android 11, new permission will appear in the platform’s permission system, which is “Only this time.” This means users will be able to grant an app permission to use location access once.
3. Resume on Boot
Another new feature will be soon going to add in the Android 11 developer preview 2, which is Resume on Boot. With this addition, developers can schedule overnight OTA software updates. Resume on Boot will let applications access Credential Encrypted storage after an overnight update. Without unlocking the device, it can start receiving messages right away.
4. Screen Recording
Last year with Android 10 betas, Google brought a scratchy version of the screen recorder. Though, it never came in the final version. But, this year, screen recording is back with a fancy UI, and it will do exactly what you think it will do, record the screen.
5. Mute Notifications while Shooting
While you are creating a video and you get a notification, it gets irritating and annoying. With the new Android version, you can mute notifications while you are recording video.
6. Scheduled Dark Mode
Google introduces the essential system-wide dark mode feature last year on its previous version Android 10. And this year, the company enhanced the dark mode feature more efficiently now. The company has added the option to schedule when your device shifts to the dark mode or when not. This means it has the ability to turn the dark mode feature on and off automatically. Besides, you can either set a custom time or have an Android shift between dark mode on and off based on the sunrise/sunset time zone.
7. Touch Sensitivity
Google has added an “increase touch sensitivity” feature, and it is a blessing for the people who use screen protectors. Now, you can increase the touch sensitivity by going into the settings menu and enable “increase touch sensitivity” option.
8. Back Gesture Tweaks
Back gestures are super annoying at times, mainly when you perform a gesture to activate hamburger menus. With Android 11, you get two sliders to control the sensitivity of the back gesture, i.e., one for the left side and one for the right of the screen.
9. Airplane Mode
The new Android 11 version brings a positive tweak, i.e., enabling airplane mode won’t kill Bluetooth. Previously, enabling airplane mode used to kill Bluetooth, and people who had Bluetooth headphones connected had to turn on Bluetooth again. In Android 11, it won’t be the case when airplane mode is activated.
10. Copy-paste from Notification Panel
Do you also want to reply to the messages right from the notification panel? Now, it is possible to respond to the notes directly from the notification shade. Yes, the Android 11 version comes up with another exciting feature for you! The notification panel now supports the copy-paste system. You can copy an image from anywhere and paste it into the reply section of notification to transfer. It means you don’t need to open the messaging app just for sending pictures.
What can you expect in the final version?
Scrolling screenshots: Although, it has not come up in the first
Android 11 Developer Preview, Google might bring them up in the final version of this Android update, where you get to see scrolling screenshot supports.
Settings icons- Google might be adding a new UI-based way for Settings icons, and it might come up in the final version.
Reverse wireless charging- In Android 11, you can find a Battery Share feature in Settings. This gives an indication that Google is thinking of bringing wireless charging for Pixel 5.
What’s in for Android App Developers?
With the improved 5G support and enhancements for foldable phones, there is a lot to do for android app development companies too. Android app development will take a massive shift as they have to implement some connectivity changes and ensure better security. Companies can also build new android app development frameworks that support foldable phone configurations as they might see a boom in the near future. There is a lot to do for app developers working in the Android sector as Android 11 brings tons of improvements, enhancements, and features.