Google released the first Android 11 Beta update last month for its Pixel devices and few other OEMs also rolled out the Beta update. While the launch date of the stable release was not announced, now a new video posted by Google has revealed the official launch date of stable Android 11.
An unlisted developer-focussed video posted by Google titled “Works With “Hey Google” Smart Home Summit – APAC” reveals the official launch date of Android 11 – September 8th, 2020. One of the slides in the video read “Checklist for September 8th Android 11 launch” and the checklist is for Google Assistant compatible smart home device OEMs. This clearly points out to the official launch date of Android 11, but we have to wait till Google confirms it. There are chances the event might be postponed to a further date owing to the lockdown situation.
In case you missed, in Android 11 all the conversations across multiple messaging apps are moved to a dedicated space in the notification section. It also introduces Bubbles, a new feature to help you respond and engage with important conversations without switching back and forth between your current task and the messaging app. In addition, when you type using Gboard in Android 11, you’ll get relevant and automatic suggestions for emoji and text. You can now quickly access and control your smart devices in one place by long pressing on the power button. There are also new media controls, making it quick and convenient to switch the device your audio or video content is playing on.
Android 11 has even more granular controls for the most sensitive permissions. With one-time permissions, you can grant apps access to your microphone, camera or location, just that one time. Android 11 also brings more features such as screen recorder, updated Voice Access, improved performance, and an improved share menu that makes it easier to share content from your phone.