Android 11 Features and Compatible Smartphones

Android 11

Android 11 has been released. We have summarized for you which functions are new and which devices will probably receive the update here on CGH.

Android 11 was released on September 8th, 2020 So we will probably see the first devices with Android 11 in September. Jumps directly to the correct heading in the table of contents.

We’ll show you what’s new in Android 11 in the video:

Trivia: Google has given up the letter after the version number on Android 11, but according to Android development boss Dave Burke, the “R” internally stands for “Red Velvet Cake”.

Android 11: Official New Features

Google has explained the new features for Android 11. You can look forward to the following features.

1. Separate message area for messenger apps

Android 11 shows conversations from messenger apps such as Twitter in a separate area so that chats are bundled in one place. Chats can also be prioritized.

2. Instant answers with answer bubbles

Messages from messengers are displayed in the form of “bubbles”. You can use this to reply quickly without switching back and forth between the associated apps. It is still unclear whether all messengers such as Telegram, WhatsApp and Threema are supported.

3. Record screen with integrated “screen recorder”

Screenshots have long been possible in Android. Now you should be able to create videos from the displayed screen content by default. If necessary, the screen recorder also records the sound from the microphone. Until now, you had to install additional apps for this.

4. Wireless support for “Android Auto”

If your car is compatible, you can now also connect your Android 11 device wirelessly to your car using the “Android Auto” function.

5. One-time permissions for apps

In Android 11 you can authorize apps once to access certain functions such as the location, the camera or the microphone. The next time the app will have to ask your permission again.

6. Unused Apps will be revoked

If you haven’t used an app for a long time, Android 11 will “automatically reset” the permissions for this app and notify you about it. Unfortunately, it is not clear enough from Google’s blog entry whether all permissions are withdrawn from the relevant apps or whether these are only reset to a standard-setting determined by Google.

7. Instant updates for “Google Play”

“Google Play” will be built in a more modular way so that you will receive updates immediately when they are ready. Previously, these updates were received as part of full Android updates, which depending on the manufacturer, could be a long time coming. With “Google Play” we mean the “Google Play Store” and the “Google Play Services”, through which Google controls large areas of the Android operating system.

8. Hub for all “Smart Devices”

Long press the on / off button on the smartphone to control all connected “smart devices” such as lamps, thermostats or door locks in one overview.

Minor changes:

  • In addition, Google has revised the media control so that you can now switch quickly from one device to another (e.g. from headphones to speakers).
  • Android enterprise users can manage private and company devices with Android 11 without being able to monitor their usage activity on the phone. The aim is to protect users’ private data from company access.


New Android 11 functions for Pixel devices

There are even more innovations for Pixel devices with Android 11:

  • Live View Location Sharing: If your contact has shared their location, you can tap their icon and then tap “Live View” to see where they are in relation to you. From there you can also navigate directly to your contact.
  • App suggestions: Based on your behavior, Pixel devices can now suggest apps to you.
  • Home screen management: Pixel devices can provide intelligent suggestions for folder names and group apps according to topics such as photography, news, navigation or fitness.

The following is the content of the revised article from August 26, 2020.

Android 11: more features

According to our research, these functions should also be new in Android 11.

1. Automatic updates overnight

According to the Android Central website, the “Resume on Reboot” function is coming. If an update is installed overnight, Android saves the current status, restarts and restores the previous status (logged in websites, open apps, …). Basically, you would then not notice that an update or reboot took place at all

2. Seamless updates

The website 9to5Google reports on the new “Seamless Updates” function. For future system updates, the Android system memory is divided into a partition 1 and a partition 2. If the operating system is installed on partition 1, the system update is installed on partition 2. It remains inactive there until the smartphone is restarted to accept the new information. This has the advantage that you can continue to use your smartphone while the update is being installed.

3. New emojis 13.0

Android 11 is said to contain “Emoji 13.0”. That’s 62 new emoji that you can use.

No scrolling screenshots: As a person in charge of the Android development team wrote on Reddit, the “long screenshots” function will not be ready in time for the release of Android 11. This allows you to photograph entire websites and not just the current screen section.

4. “Dark Mode” with a schedule

In the settings of Android 11 we could specify a certain period for the “Dark Mode”. So you can determine when Android 11 applies the dark system scheme and when it is deactivated again.

5. 5G and Bluetooth improvements

Android 11 supports 5G speeds. If the relevant smartphone manufacturer has installed the necessary hardware and your mobile operator also supports 5G, you have 5G. In addition, users of the XDA Developers forum have found out that Android 11 probably handles Bluetooth connections differently. For example, if you listened to music via Bluetooth, it used to be that Android interrupted the connection as soon as you activated airplane mode. Android 11, on the other hand, is supposed to recognize which Bluetooth connection is still being used and leaves it active when airplane mode is started.

6. Electronic identification in Android itself

The website mobilfip suspected that the new Snapdragon processors 865 and 765 in combination with Android 11 support the so-called “Android Identity Credential APIs”. For example, an electronic ID such as a driver’s license or a passport could be stored in Android itself. Here it is officially mentioned very briefly that Android 11 can save and retrieve identification documents, such as the “ISO 18013-5 compliant Mobile Driving” licenses.

7. Uninstallable system updates

It has often happened that an Android update from a manufacturer has destroyed a smartphone function. Google now want to implement the following scenario:

  • A new system update can first be “tested on a trial basis”.
  • If everything works as planned, the user can install the update permanently.
  • If not, the update can be uninstalled again with the next system restart.

The aim is to prevent users from having to wait for an update after installing a faulty update that fixes the error or even having to reset their cell phone to factory settings. For this to work, however, the other smartphone manufacturers would have to participate. These new updates are to be based on the “Dynamic System Updates” introduced with Android 10, which Google would like to expand in this regard. It is questionable whether the smartphone manufacturers will catch up with Android 11 so quickly.

8. Data protection improvements

Google has obviously changed something, especially when it comes to data protection. The following new functions should be available. Our German translation follows below.

  • Authorization manager and “one-time authorizations” for apps: In Android 11 there is a new menu item called “Data protection”> “Authorization manager” in the settings. Here you can see which apps have which permissions on your smartphone. In Android 9.0, for example, you had to go to “Settings”> “App & permissions”> “[tap the corresponding app]”> “Permissions”. So you had to open the permissions of each app individually in order to be able to compare them. With the new “authorization manager” you can see much faster which app is allowed to do what.

In addition: If an app in Android 11 requests authorization that relates to the location, the microphone or the camera, users of the app can only allow these functions to be used once (“one-time authorization”). There is then an option like “This time only”. As long as the app is running a foreground service or is still running in the foreground, the authorization does not have to be granted again. However, if the app was minimized in the background, the query about the permissions would be asked again.

At the same time, Android 11 restricts repeated requests for authorizations: If a user taps “No” twice when asked for a specific authorization, they will no longer be asked for this authorization. This only changes after you have uninstalled and reinstalled the app.

  • Background access to the location restricted: In Android 11, users can no longer grant the background of their app location tracking through an in-app query, as shown in the following image:

However, it does not seem to be completely ruled out that an app will be allowed constant background tracking, as the associated Android 11 report also says (translated):
“If background tracking is required for an app, e.g. For example, when implementing geofencing, you [as a developer] ensure that it is critical to app functionality, provides clear benefits to the user, and is done in a manner that is obvious to them. The specific steps to get the background location depend on the target SDK version of your app. “

  • Additional storage authorizations – “Scoped Storage” (limited storage access):
    The Android authorization “Storage” is renamed to “Files & Media” and users see a different authorization query accordingly. If the app is allowed to access “Files & Media” by the user, the app is listed in the menu item “Settings”> “Data protection”> “Authorization manager”> “Files and media” under “Allowed for all file types”.
    The original idea behind this was as follows: Apps should only be allowed to access certain files. This means that if you install a camera app, it will only be able to access the folder in which the images are to be saved. If further files are accessed, this only happens in a sandbox – i.e. an isolated environment where non-app content cannot be accessed. This is to prevent apps with memory access from accessing the entire memory, although this is not necessary for the exercise of their function.

Exceptions would be, for example, file manager apps such as Solid Explorer, as these have to access all files in order to fulfill their function as file managers. “Scoped Storage” was originally planned for Android 10, as you can see in the YouTube video below. Now it will probably be introduced with Android 11.

These smartphones are bought the most:video

Which devices get Android 11?

According to Google, Android 11 will be rolled out to selected Pixel, OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO and Realme smartphones from September 8, 2020. Other manufacturers are to follow in the coming months. You can see which these are likely on our list.


Google

The following devices are confirmed:

  • Google Pixel 4a
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL


Samsung

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 +
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy A01
  • Samsung Galaxy A10
  • Samsung Galaxy A10e
  • Samsung Galaxy A10s
  • Samsung Galaxy A11
  • Samsung Galaxy A20
  • Samsung Galaxy A20e
  • Samsung Galaxy A20s
  • Samsung Galaxy A21
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
  • Samsung Galaxy A30
  • Samsung Galaxy A30s
  • Samsung Galaxy A31
  • Samsung Galaxy A40
  • Samsung Galaxy A50
  • Samsung Galaxy A50s
  • Samsung Galaxy A60
  • Samsung Galaxy A8s
  • Samsung Galaxy A80
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
  • Samsung Galaxy A70 (s)
  • Samsung Galaxy A51
  • Samsung Galaxy A41
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy M01
  • Samsung Galaxy M11
  • Samsung Galaxy M21
  • Samsung Galaxy M30s
  • Samsung Galaxy M31
  • Samsung Galaxy M40
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4s
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro


Honor

  • Honor View 30 Pro *
  • Honor View 30 *
  • Honor 9X Pro *
  • Honor 9X *
  • Honor 20 Pro
  • Honor 20
  • Honor ViewPad 6 *
  • Asterisk (*) = without Google services

Huawei

  • Huawei P40 Lite *
  • Huawei P40 Lite E *
  • Huawei P40 *
  • Huawei P40 Pro *
  • Huawei P40 Pro Plus *
  • Huawei Matepad Pro *
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro *
  • Huawei Mate 30 *
  • Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei Nova 5T
  • Huawei Mate Xs *
  • Huawei P30 Pro (and New Edition)
  • Huawei P30
  • Huawei P Smart 2020
  • Huawei P40 Lite E.
  • Huawei Mate 20
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Asterisk (*) = without Google services

Motorola

  • Moto G 5G
  • Motorola Edge
  • Motorola Edge Plus
  • Motorola Moto Razr
  • Motorola One Action
  • Motorola One Power
  • Motorola One Fusion +
  • Motorola One Hypr
  • Motorola One Macro
  • Moto G8
  • Moto G8 Plus
  • Moto G8 Power
  • Motorola One Vision

Nokia

  • Nokia 9 PureView
  • Nokia 8.3 5G
  • Nokia 8.1
  • Nokia 7.2
  • Nokia 7.1
  • Nokia 6.2
  • Nokia 5.3
  • Nokia 4.2
  • Nokia 3.2
  • Nokia 1.3 (Android Go)
  • Nokia 1 Plus (Android Go)

OnePlus

  • Oneplus North
  • Oneplus 8 Pro
  • Oneplus 8
  • OnePlus 7T
  • OnePlus 7T Pro
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7
  • OnePlus 6T
  • OnePlus 6

Oppo

  • Oppo Find X2 Pro
  • Oppo Find X2
  • Oppo Find X2 Neo
  • Oppo Find X2 Lite
  • Oppo Reno2
  • Oppo Reno2 Z
  • Oppo A91

Sony

  • Sony Xperia 10 II
  • Sony Xperia 5
  • Sony Xperia 1 II
  • Sony Xperia 1

Xiaomi

  • Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10
  • Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 9
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

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