Android 11 Release Date:

Google has released the final version of Android 11, which will be rolled out on the first smartphones with immediate effect.

After months of testing, the final version of Android 11 has been available since Tuesday evening. For the time being, however, only for a small selection of smartphones.

Google announced on Tuesday evening: "Android 11 is here". For Google, this will probably end the longest beta phase of its smartphone operating system.

The company had already made the first preview version available to software developers in February. The first beta version was released in June.

It probably should have been presented at the Google I / O developer conference, which had to be cancelled due to the corona crisis - the group regularly does this.

Google's announcement that the update will not, as usual, initially only be available for its own Pixel smartphones is unusual.

Instead, Android boss Dave Burke writes in his blog post that the software will "be rolled out on selected Pixel, OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO and Realme smartphones from today."

This is remarkable because so far only Google's own smartphone models have received an update to the new Android version immediately after publication.

Other manufacturers often took several months longer to adapt the software to the specific hardware of their mobile phones and, above all, to the often modified user interfaces of their smartphones.

A glut of android 11 beta versions:

After several betas, Google has now released the final version of Android 11. The first smartphones will be supplied with the new Android version with immediate effect.

These primarily include Google's own smartphones from the Pixel series. Here, devices from the Pixel 2 receive the update to Android 11

Burke's reference to the availability of the update for devices from the four brands mentioned, all of which, with the exception of Xiaomi, belong to the Chinese electronics group BBK Electronics, should therefore be treated with caution.

In fact, these manufacturers have only provided their own beta versions of Android 11 for a few models.

Several other companies like Motorola, Nokia and Samsung will release Android 11 updates later. Huawei is likely to be under particular pressure.

Due to US sanctions against the company, Google is no longer allowed to provide the Chinese company with Google services, so the regular Android 11 update is not available, at least for newer Huawei models.

With the release of the update, however, Google will also publish the Android 11 program code as part of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

Huawei can continue to use this variant without any problems and combine it with its own Huawei services, for example for devices such as the P40 Pro +.

That is Android 11 New Features:

With regard to new functions, Google has largely concentrated on Android 11 on making the many options that modern smartphones offer more accessible.

Messages from different apps are now grouped in a drop-down menu that can be dragged onto the screen with a swipe of a finger.

The bubble is a function that makes ongoing chats readable in the form of speech bubbles in all active apps. Anyone who uses Facebook Messenger on an Android phone is familiar with it.

A new central control screen in the smart home should help to control networked lamps, thermostats, cameras and the like. To call up the function, it is sufficient to hold down the power button a little longer.

It will be interesting to see how Samsung, for example, implements this option. Currently, a long press on the power button starts the Samsung virtual assistant Bixby.

While drivers who have a vehicle with Android Auto can be happy that mobile phones with Android 11 will be able to contact the car wirelessly in the future, the various improvements in data protection apply to all users.

The system removes all permissions to access data from apps that have not been used for a long time. There is also the option of giving apps only one-time access to data, sensors or the camera.

Some things are reserved for pixel phones:

A few innovations in Android 11 are reserved for Google's Pixel smartphones. This includes that pixel users can share their location with each other.

This can be used to make it easier to find each other when you have an appointment. In a live view of the environment, the software then shows where the person you are looking for is located.


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