Android 11 Review- Best Features, Release Date, Update Mobile List

Android 11 review

Android 11 Review 2021: The beta for the next version of Android, which is Android 11, is available for Pixel phones starting from 11th June 2020. Now, a bunch of Android 11 has already leaked, of course, because of Google, but it’s official now. So I wanna get into what the new Android 11 features are.

Now, overall, my take is that Android is a mature operating system, which means that the fundamentals are really not gonna change that much. There are a few new important features but the context here is that android already does a lot. And so a lot of the features aren’t necessarily about doing new things but helping you make sense of all of the things that Android already does.

— Android 11 Beta

Android 11 Review on its Features:

One of the biggest jobs that a mature operating system has is managing complexity. So here’s a question, how well does Android 11 manage all of the things that Android does? So to start, the android 11 review on every part of the features of Android 11, first starts with notifications.

Android 11 Features (1): Notification

I actually not complaining about this because notifications are a huge source of complexity. And I much prefer the year-over-year changes that Google tries to make with Android to improve it than the way that Apple does things with the iPhone, which is to almost never change anything about notifications.

Notifications went from a way for you to see your text messages into this nightmare, catch-all of everything.

News, and media controls, and thirsty apps trying to get you to re-engage with their content, and alerts that apps are using your background location. And (sighs) it’s just a lot. So in Android 11, Google is separating out your notifications into three really clear and distinct sections with big, obvious labels.

There are Conversations, Alerting notifications, and Silent notifications. And the new section here is Conversations, which separates out the notifications from your chat apps into their own section at the top, and that lets you do a bunch of things with those notifications.

Android 11 Features (2): Chat Bubbles

The first thing is you can bubble those notifications, which turns them into these like bubble chat heads that sit on the top of other apps. You might have seen it in apps like Facebook Messenger, where there’s this head floating around, you can put it wherever you want, you tap on it, and it opens up the conversation.

That’s now going to become available to any chat app on Android. And by default, that’s just gonna show like the whole chat up inside little window, but developers can customize it for it if they want.

Android 11 Features (3): Priority Conversations

The other thing that the conversations let you do is you can long-press on them, and you can mark a person’s conversation inside a chat app as a priority. And what that means is they’re gonna be able to break through your do not disturb settings.

And also when you look at your little notification tray at the top of your screen, you’re gonna see their face instead of just the icon for the app.

Android 11 Features (4): Notification Alerts

There are a few other new things with notifications, so you can more easily control where silent notifications show up. You can keep them from showing up in your status bar or on your lock screen.

You can easily switch an app from alerting notification to silent notification by long pressing on your lock screen, bringing up some options. If you wanna get an app into a Conversations though, you gotta wait for the developer to update it to support that.

Android 11 Features (5): Notification History

Google also took what used to be a really weird hacky thing and they made it official. You can go into your Settings and find your Notification history. So in case, you accidentally dismiss the notification, you can go to Settings and find it again.

Android 11 Features (6): Do Not Disturb

You also get a few more controls over how do not disturb works that lets you customize which apps are able to break through do not disturb, in addition to those priority conversations.

Android 11 Features (7): Media Playback Controls

So there is one other thing to talk about with notifications. You used to have media playback control in your notification shade, and Google’s now moving that up into the quick settings.

So it’s sort of part of the notification shade, but sort of not, anyway, it’s up there at the top now, and when you expand it down, there’s gonna be a little button that you can press, and when you press it, it will let you choose where your audio goes, Bluetooth headphones, or speaker or wherever.

So that’s notifications.

Android 11 Features (7): Power Menu

The next interaction zone that Google has beefed up for Android 11 is the power menu. It’s the thing that you get when you long press the power sleep-wake button thing. It has your usual power options like before, Emergency, Power off, Restart.

There is lockdown but unfortunately, it’s hidden under a three-dot menu. Underneath that is your google Wallet passes. So your bank cards and your boarding passes if you ever get to go on a plane again, that’s all stuff that we’ve seen before.

Android 11 Features (8): Smart Home Controls

What’s new is that Google is putting smart home control buttons underneath that here. So it’s sort of like what the iPhone does with home controls and control center. But on Android, it’s in this power menu.

You can customize what buttons show up here, you can just tap on stuff to turn lights on and off, you can drag your finger to change brightness. You can also just long press to go in and see more options and so on.

This section is powered by the Google Home app. And that’s good because it’s one less thing that you have to set up. But it does mean that I think that different companies are gonna do different things with this power menu.

So if you buy a Samsung phone, I would expect to see Samsung Pay and Samsung Smart Home controls in the section here. So that’s notifications and power.

Android 11 Features (9): Home Screen

There are a couple of other zones to talk about. There’s the home screen, and one of the things you can do here is to replace your dot with suggested apps from Android, you know, contextual guesses of what you’re gonna want to open next. And I’ve had it on and I don’t really love it. These guesses at what app I’m gonna want to open usually aren’t really that accurate.

Android 11 Features (10): Multitasking

There’s also the multitasking screen or you might call it the recent screen, and there are three new buttons on the bottom here. So if you tap screenshot, it pulls a screenshot of the app that’s front most in multitasking. You can tap Select, and it will show you what text is selectable to directly copy in your clipboard. Or you can tap Share, and it’ll grab a screenshot that frontmost app and bring up the Share sheet automatically.

Android 11 Features (11): Screenshots

Speaking of screenshots, when you take one, it no longer goes into notifications, it creates this little interface down in the lower left-hand corner where you can tap Share or Edit. It’s just like the way that the iPhone does it. So those are the major zones, notifications, power menu, home screen, and the new recent screen, and all of them are designed to help you make sense of all the features that android is now throwing at you.

And I’ve got a whole theory about how it relates to iOS and the iPad and desktops, and it’s all too much in this article, we have a lot more Android 11 features to go through, so let’s keep going.

Android 11 Features (12): Location Permissions

So location permissions are getting stricter in Android 11. From now on, apps can only ask for three different kinds. One time, while the app is open, or just straight up deny.

That one-time thing is new and it’s something that the iPhone already has. Now, if an app really, really wants constant background permission, it needs to send you deep into Android settings where you turn on permanent access there.

Also, if you hit deny a couple of times when the app asks you for location permission, Android will just tell the app to stop asking you and it won’t be able to do it again. All right, let’s see what else.

Android 11 Features (13): Screen Recording

Well, we’ve seen a bunch of stuff in the betas that are hopefully gonna stick around, but there’s no guarantee. So I’m talking about screen recording. It’s here in the beta. It was in the beta last year and they yanked it, but I hope it sticks around this year. We’ve also seen evidence of native scrolling screenshots that are gonna let you grab the entire web page. You should be able to pin apps to the Share sheet so that you don’t have to depend on Google’s predictions, you can just pin the thing you actually wanna share to.

Android 11 Features (13): Miscellaneous Features (like -Airplane Mode, PIP, Dark Mode, GBoard)

  1. Airplane mode won’t disable Bluetooth if you don’t want it to.
  2. There’s still picture in the picture, but now you can resize the video.
  3. Dark mode has better scheduling options.
  4. There are more icon styles for Pixels theming.
  5. Google has this thing called Project Mainline that lets them update system level components without updating the entire operating system. And there are 12 more modules that are getting added to that.
  6. Gboard is getting some updates for I think all Android phones, they’ve got more emoji kitchen fun little options, and it’s getting autofill. There’s just a lot of little things.

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Android 11 review on Understanding of Features:

So that everything in Android 11. It’s all the stuff I can think to talk about. And if you just look at the bullet list of all of those features, you’ll see that it’s a lot of filling out the corners and adding new little bits here and there. But like I said, I think that Android is a mature operating system, so that makes sense. Beyond those new features though, what Android 11 is really about is making the stuff that you actually want to do a little bit easier to find.

So say you wanna text with somebody that’s important to you, their face might be right there in your status bar if they texted you, or their face might be in a bubble that’s floating over the apps you’re using right now, so you can get to it right away.

Smart light controls finally aren’t buried inside the Google Home app. They’re right there in the power menu. And that power menu zone, it sort of makes sense to me. Google says it’s like your keys and your wallet. It’s the stuff that you put in your pocket to interact with the physical world.

And I guess that’s why that stuff isn’t in quick settings. I mean, I could go on, but the point is that those little decisions of what goes where and why that’s the subtle stuff that ultimately makes a phone feel either intuitive or confusing. And there still is some confusing stuff here. I think settings in Android is getting a little bit out of control. But I can see where Google’s trying to go.

Android 11 Review on Release Date

Google has already revealed its Android version in Beta. On 11th June’20, Google already officially released the Android 11 Beta 1 version publically. The final release date of Android 11 will be announced by Google in September 2020 expectedly. You can follow the Android Developer twitter handle for more details.

Android 11 Review on Beta Download

Like already said at the top, if you have a Pixel, you can install the beta on your phone right now. It’s also coming to a few other Android phones this summer, so keep an eye out for news about that. But I wouldn’t put it on your main phone because it’s a beta, and it’s still a little bit rough around the edges. Now Android 11 Beta 1 is available for —

  • Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL
  • Google Pixel 3 / 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3a / 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 4 / 4 XL
  • OnePlus 8 / 8 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 / Mi 10 Pro

Android 11 Review on Update Mobile List

These are the confirmed list of mobile phones where Android 11 will update.

  • Android 11 Update list for Samsung:
    Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
    Samsung Galaxy A41
    Samsung Galaxy A31
    Samsung Galaxy M21
    Samsung Galaxy A11
    Samsung Galaxy M31
    Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
    Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G
    Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
    Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
    Samsung Galaxy S20
    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
    Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G
    Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro
    Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
    Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
    Samsung Galaxy A01
    Samsung Galaxy A71
    Samsung Galaxy A51
    Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro
    Samsung Galaxy A70s
    Samsung Galaxy A20s
    Samsung Galaxy M30s
    Samsung Galaxy M10s
    Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G
    Samsung Galaxy Fold
    Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro
    Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
    Samsung Galaxy A30s
    Samsung Galaxy A50s
    Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus 5G
    Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus
    Samsung Galaxy Note10 5G
    Samsung Galaxy Note10
    Samsung Galaxy A10s
    Samsung Galaxy A10e
    Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
    Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019)
    Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4s
    Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
    Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
    Samsung Galaxy S10
    Samsung Galaxy S10e
    Samsung Galaxy M40
    Samsung Galaxy A80
    Samsung Galaxy A70
    Samsung Galaxy A60
    Samsung Galaxy A50
    Samsung Galaxy A40
    Samsung Galaxy A30
    Samsung Galaxy A20e
    Samsung Galaxy A20
    Samsung Galaxy A10
    Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
    Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
    Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 & S Pen (2019)
    Samsung Galaxy A8s
  • Android 11 Update list for POCO
    Poco X2
  • Android 11 Update list for Xiaomi
    Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro Zoom
    Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
    Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
    Xiaomi Black Shark 3
    Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G
    Xiaomi Mi 10 5G
    Xiaomi Redmi 8A Dual
    Xiaomi Redmi K30
    Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
    Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
    Xiaomi Mi Note 10
    Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro
    Xiaomi Redmi 8
    Xiaomi Redmi 8A
    Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha
    Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G
    Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro
    Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Premium
    Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
    Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro
    Xiaomi Mi A3
    Xiaomi Redmi 7A
    Xiaomi Mi CC9
    Xiaomi Mi CC9e
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
    Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
    Xiaomi Mi 9T
    Xiaomi Redmi K20
    Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S
    Xiaomi Redmi Y3
    Xiaomi Black Shark 2
    Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
    Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer
    Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    Xiaomi Mi 9
    Xiaomi Mi Play
    Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
  • Android 11 Update list for Motorola
    Motorola One Hyper
    Moto G8 Power
    Moto G Power
    Moto G Stylus
    Motorola Moto E6s (2020)
    Motorola Moto G8
    Motorola Moto G Stylus
    Motorola Razr 2019
    Motorola Moto G8 Play
    Motorola Moto E6 Play
    Motorola Moto G8 Plus
    Motorola One Macro
    Motorola Moto E6 Plus
    Motorola One Zoom
    Motorola One Action
    Motorola Moto E6
    Motorola Moto Z4
    Motorola One Vision
    Motorola Moto G7 Plus
    Motorola Moto G7
    Motorola Moto G7 Power
    Motorola Moto G7 Play
  • Android 11 Update list for Asus
    Asus ROG Phone 2 ZS660KL
    Asus Zenfone 6 ZS630KL
  • Android 11 Update list for Huawei
    Huawei P40 lite
    Huawei P40 lite E
    Huawei MatePad Pro 5G
    Huawei Mate Xs
    Huawei P30 lite New Edition
    Huawei Y7p
    Huawei nova 7i
    Huawei Y6s (2019)
    Huawei P smart Pro 2019
    Huawei nova 6 5G
    Huawei nova 6
    Huawei nova 6 SE
    Huawei MatePad Pro
    Huawei Mate X
    Huawei Y9s
    Huawei nova 5z
    Huawei Enjoy 10s
    Huawei Enjoy 10
    Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
    Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
    Huawei Mate 30 Pro
    Huawei Mate 30 5G
    Huawei Mate 30
    Huawei nova 5i Pro
    Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus
    Huawei nova 5T
    Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8
    Huawei MediaPad M6 Turbo 8.4
    Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4
    Huawei nova 5 Pro
    Huawei nova 5
    Huawei nova 5i
    Huawei Y9 Prime (2019)
    Huawei P20 lite (2019)
    Huawei P Smart Z
    Huawei Mate 20 X (5G)
    Huawei P30 Pro
    Huawei P30
    Huawei P30 lite
    Huawei nova 4e
    Huawei Y5 (2019)
    Huawei Enjoy 9e
    Huawei Enjoy 9s
    Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 8
    Huawei Y6 Pro (2019)
    Huawei Y6 (2019)
    Huawei nova 4
    Huawei P smart 2019
    Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design
    Huawei Mate 20 X
    Huawei Mate 20 Pro
    Huawei Mate 20
    Huawei P Smart+ 2019
  • Android 11 Update list for Oppo
    Oppo Reno3
    Oppo Find X2 Pro
    Oppo Find X2
    Oppo Reno3 Pro
    Oppo A31
    Oppo F15
    Oppo Reno3 Pro 5G
    Oppo Reno3 Youth
    Oppo Reno3 5G
    Oppo A91
    Oppo A8
    Oppo A11
    Oppo K5
    Oppo Reno Ace
    Oppo Reno A
    Oppo A5 (2020)
    Oppo A9 (2020)
    Oppo Reno2
    Oppo Reno2 F
    Oppo Reno2 Z
    Oppo Reno Z
    Oppo K3
    Oppo A9x
    Oppo A9
    Oppo Reno 5G
    Oppo Reno 10x zoom
    Oppo Reno
    Oppo A1k
    Oppo F11
    Oppo F11 Pro
  • Android 11 Update list for Realme
    Realme 6i
    Realme 6 Pro
    Realme 6
    Realme X50 Pro 5G
    Realme C3
    Realme X50 5G
    Realme 5i
    Realme 5s
    Realme C2s
    Realme C2 2020
    Realme X2 Pro
    Realme X2
    Realme XT 730G
    Realme XT
    Realme Q
    Realme 5 Pro
    Realme 5
    Realme 3i
    Realme X
    Realme 3 Pro
    Realme C2
    Realme 3
  • Android 11 Update list for LG
    LG V60 ThinQ 5G
    LG Q51
    LG W10 Alpha
    LG K61
    LG K51S
    LG K41S
    LG G Pad 5 10.1
    LG V50S ThinQ 5G
    LG G8X ThinQ
    LG Q70
    LG K30 (2019)
    LG K20 (2019)
    LG K40S
    LG K50S
    LG W30 Pro
    LG W30
    LG W10
    LG Stylo 5
    LG V50 ThinQ 5G
    LG G8S ThinQ
    LG G8 ThinQ
    LG Q60
    LG K50
  • Android 11 Update list for OnePlus
    OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren
    OnePlus 7T Pro
    OnePlus 7T
    OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
    OnePlus 7 Pro
    OnePlus 7
    OnePlus 6T McLaren
    OnePlus 6T
  • Android 11 Update list for HTC
    HTC Wildfire R70
    HTC Desire 19s
    HTC U19e
    HTC Wildfire X
    HTC Desire 19 Plus
  • Android 11 Update list for Vivo
    vivo NEX 3S 5G
    vivo V19 (Indonesia)
    vivo Z6 5G
    vivo iQOO 3 5G
    vivo X30 Pro
    vivo X30
    vivo V17
    vivo iQOO Neo 855 Racing
    vivo Y9s
    vivo Z5i
    vivo V17 (Russia)
    vivo S1 Pro
    vivo S5
    vivo U20
    vivo Y3 Standard
    vivo Y5s
    vivo Y19
    vivo iQOO Neo 855
    vivo Y11 (2019)
    vivo U3
    vivo U10
    vivo Y3
    vivo NEX 3 5G
    vivo V17 Pro
    vivo NEX 3
    vivo Z1x
    vivo iQOO Pro 5G
    vivo iQOO Pro
    vivo V17 Neo
    vivo Z5
    vivo S1
    vivo Z1Pro
    vivo iQOO Neo
    vivo Z5x
    vivo S1 Pro (China)
    vivo Z3x
    vivo Y17
    vivo Y15
    vivo Y12
    vivo X27 Pro
    vivo S1 (China)
    vivo X27
    vivo V15
    vivo iQOO
    vivo V15 Pro
    vivo NEX Dual Display
  • Android 11 Update list for Lenovo
    Lenovo M10 FHD REL
    Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab
    Lenovo K10 Plus
    Lenovo K10 Note
    Lenovo A6 Note
    Lenovo Tab M8 (FHD)
    Lenovo Tab M8 (HD)
    Lenovo Tab M7
    Lenovo Z6
    Lenovo Z6 Pro 5G
    Lenovo Z6 Youth
    Lenovo Z6 Pro
    Lenovo K6 Enjoy
    Lenovo Tab V7
    Lenovo Z5s
  • Android 11 Update list for Infinix
    Infinix Note 7
    Infinix Note 7 Lite
    Infinix Hot 9
    Infinix S5 Pro
    Infinix S5 lite
    Infinix Smart 4
    Infinix Smart 4c
    Infinix S5 Pro (16+32)
    Infinix S5 Pro (48+40)
    Infinix S5
    Infinix Hot 8
    Infinix Note 6
    Infinix Smart3 Plus
    Infinix S4
    Infinix Hot 7 Pro
  • Android 11 Update list for TECNO
    TECNO Camon 15 Pro
    TECNO Camon 15
    TECNO Camon 12 Air
    TECNO Pop 3 Plus
    TECNO Spark 4 Lite
    TECNO Camon 12 Pro
    TECNO Camon 12
    TECNO Pouvoir 3 Air
    TECNO Pouvoir 3 Plus
    TECNO Spark 3
    TECNO Spark 3 Pro
    TECNO Spark Go
    TECNO Phantom 9

Conclusion on Android 11 Review:

At the end of this article, we hope that this Android 11 review is giving you all your answers to your query. But you want me to answer the question, right? Did Google get to where it’s trying to go? Does Android 11 features or Android 11 make sense, is it intuitive?

Well, I’m gonna wait until the final release of this software in the fall, because right now, it’s still a beta, and they’re Google, and they could totally move stuff around.

But I do know that when I review it, I’m gonna be reviewing it on a Pixel because the Pixel’s gonna get Android 11 first, and every other Android phone is gonna get it who knows when. Google’s made some progress in the Android ecosystem of making those updates happen, but it’s still not where it needs to be.

So while I’m reserving judgment on whether or not Android 11 makes sense, I definitely think that knowing whether or not your phone is gonna get it is still way too confusing.

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