The stable version of Android 11 is now being rolled out by Google to Pixel phones. The Pixel phones include the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4a.
Android 11 introduces a couple of new features like new notifications, Bubbles, screen recorder feature, and revamped media controls as well as the power button menu.
The notifications will now have a separate section for messaging apps making it easier to sift through each. Specific conversations can also be prioritized in the Notification panel. Speaking of messaging, the new Bubbles feature is Google’s version of Facebook Chat Heads which will be a floating element that houses recent chats from all the messaging apps.
The revamped media controls are now a bit reminiscent of iOS. It now also includes the media player notification which now allows you to switch the audio output from your phone, headphones, or a Chromecast enabled device nearby.
The power button will now also show all your smart home devices and payment options when you press and hold the power button.
Android 11 also introduces two new privacy features. The first feature gives you the ability to grant one-time access to permissions to apps. The second feature is all about Android revoking the permissions of an app that hasn’t been used in a while. Both work so you don’t have to worry about disabling permissions, which is pretty neat.
Android Enterprise users will also get a new work profile that allows the IT department to manage the device without accessing your personal profile information.
Pixel device users will also get exclusive features like app suggestions on the home screen based on your daily routines and overview actions that allow you to take a screenshot and select text and images, to name a few.
Other companies like OnePlus, OPPO, realme, and Xiaomi have also announced their Android 11 updates. These are just public beta for now though.