Android 11: everything you need to know about the new version of Android - Geeko

The first beta of Android 11 is available for developers and some happy owners of Pixel smartphones, the only phones eligible to test beta of Android.

Native video screen capture functionality

The next version of Android will offer a functionality to record the screen of your smartphone. A feature that is already found on some models of phones and accessible via third-party applications. With Android 11, video recording of the screen can be done with native functionality, via the quick settings of the phone.

Bubble conversations

With Android 11, Google has the ambition to offer a "system closer to people and more expressive." This is why the notification system for conversations has been revised. New chat messages will appear in a specific section of the notification center.

As for the conversations themselves, they can take the form of bubbles, like those of Messenger. What encourage multitasking. The user can move the speech bubbles on his screen or delete them by dragging them to a corner of the screen. All messaging applications will benefit from this system.

Better adaptability to screens

The future major update for Android has been thought to be compatible with more types of screen, including curved panels. This will primarily concern developers. Google will provide them with a programming interface that will allow them to exploit the specific features of different types of screens.

This will result in better apps for users. There is also talk of natively supporting screens with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and 120 Hz. The future Google OS will also be compatible with foldable models.

A single use authorization system

Like what Apple introduced with iOS 13, Android 11 will offer a single-use authorization system. Applications will need to request authorization to use the geographic location or access their users' cameras or microphones. A request that will be unique.

In addition, the Play Store will only allow applications to make certain requests if it proves essential to the performance of their main function.

Extensive restrictive permissions

These permissions allow you to grant access to a resource on the phone only when the application is used. For the moment, this form of restriction only concerns geolocation. With Android 11, it will be extended to photo sensors and microphones in order to protect users against possible information collection.

Also on the program

After introducing a dark mode with Android 10, Google will offer to activate it automatically depending on the sunrise or sunset.

Our file on Android

More Android updates can be made through the Play Store. For now, only ten Android modules can be updated through this. With Android 11, that number will rise to 22. One way for Google to speed up the deployment of its updates. It would also be a question of systematizing the installation of updates in the background.

If you have a Pixel smartphone and want to get Android 11 before everyone else, you'll need to sign up for Google's beta testing program.


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