Android 11 stable update released, now rolling out to Pixel smartphones

After developer previews and beta updates, Google has finally started rolling out Android 11 stable update starting from Pixel smartphones. Those who have signed up for beta program are getting smaller OTA updates. Google is also be pushing sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

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.

It also brings built-in screen recording feature finally. 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 Auto now works wirelessly for all phones running Android 11 as long as you have a compatible vehicle. 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.

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Pixel 2 or later get additional features like app suggestions on the home screen based on your daily routines, and new overview actions that allow you to take a screenshot of an app and select text and images, new intelligent suggestions for folder names, Quickly group apps by theme, like Photography, News, Navigation, Fitness and more.

Android 11 factory images are available from Android developer website here and OTA images here. Other OEMs should confirm the list of phones that will get Android 11 soon.


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