Android 11 released and here’s what’s new in it

Google has released Android 11. Let’s find out all the new features it brings.

What's new in Android 11

What’s new in Android 11

Priority Messages

Android 11 allows you to mark conversations as “Priority”. When a chat is marked as such, it will be shown on the always-on display and also break through the “Do not Disturb” mode, so you don’t miss any important messages.


Android 11 Bubbles are like chatheads. You can choose to pin conversations, and these appear on the sides of the screen on top of other apps. Tap on the bubble, it doesn’t switch to the app that the message arrived in, instead it opens a floating panel where you can view the conversation and reply to it without opening the chat app.

Screen Recording

Android 11 screen recording

You no longer have to rely on third-party apps to record your screen, because the OS comes with a built-in screen capture function. The Android 11 screen recorder, that can also be used to capture the audio from the speaker and microphone at the same time.

One-time permissions

Android 11 one-time permissions

Android 11 has a new permissions system that supports one-time permissions. So in case, an app requires to access your mic, camera or location, you can allow it to be used a single time. If the app needs access to those again, it must ask for your permission again.

Auto reset permissions for unused apps

Android 11 Permissions auto-reset

Android 11 will automatically reset the permissions for apps that you haven’t used in a long time.

Google Play System Updates

Google will deliver system updates that contain security and privacy fixes straight from the Google Play Store with Android 11.

Smart Device and Media controls

Android 11 media controls

Have multiple devices to control? Android 11 has a unified interface to view and manage all connected devices. The new media controls in Android 11 allow you to switch from your headphones to your speaker or watch a video on your TV easily.

Android Auto Wireless mode

You no longer need a cable to use Android Auto, as Android 11 supports wireless connectivity with your vehicle.

Pixel specific features

Google Pixel devices get a few extra features with Android 11. App suggestions are displayed on the homescreen depending on your usage. New overview actions are supported for capturing screenshots, selecting text and images.

Devices which are eligible for Android 11 Update

Select Pixel devices have begun receiving the Android 11 update already. These include the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. The 1st generation Google Pixel and Pixel XL will not be updated to Android 11.

OnePlus will update some of its devices to Android 11 with Oxygen OS 11.

  • Xiaomi has announced a beta version of Android 11 for the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro.
  • OPPO says a ColorOS beta with Android 11 will be available for Find X2, Find X2 Pro, Reno3, Reno3 Pro
  • Realme is also among the first OEMs to bring Android 11, with a beta for the Realme X50 Pro

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Ashwin Karthik
Originally a Business Grad, Ashwin is a natural at testing and reviewing apps & games for Windows and Android Apps, as well as flashing ROMs. A proud owner of a Redmi K20, he is also an avid gamer and loves playing on his Computer, PS4 & Nintendo consoles.

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