Google today announced the roll out of Android 11 to select Pixel, OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO and realme phones. Android 11 also brings wireless Android Auto support to every phone, provided you have a vehicle that supports it. Additionally, Android 11 brings a bunch of new privacy features to the Android ecosystem.
Posts received via all these platforms are now grouped together in a new "conversations" section of the notifications screen that appears when you swipe down from the top of the phone's display.
Android users wielding certain models are rejoicing today as Google has officially released Android 11.
In addition, new Chat Bubbles can be set to appear above other apps, allowing users to quickly respond to friends' queries via a floating panel. Expect the day-one devices to be on a rollout plan that could take a week or two to hit everyone, while slower manufacturers will take months to get Android 11 out to flagship devices.
The feature is akin to Google's Verified SMS function, in that even if you don't have a business' number saved, you'll be able to tell who's calling before you answer.
You can also reset the permissions of apps you haven't used in a while. There are one-time permissions that will allow users to grant single-use access to their most sensitive permissions, which includes a microphone, camera and location data.
The Google Phone app already ships with a number of features created to thwart scammers and spammers, including the ability to block specific numbers and display warning alerts.
Open Sound then Do Not Disturb from Settings in Android 11 and you'll see everything has been moved around and the options have changed slightly.
Google has been piloting verified calls with a "wide" range of companies for several months, and has also worked with many call center and call solution businesses that are ready to verify more companies. The update adds links to smart home devices connected to the Google Home app, as well as your Google Pay cards (which also show up in Android 10). On top of that, long pressing the power button will open up a quick hub for interacting with connected smart devices so you don't have to go into their respective apps anymore. However, in order to return back to the stable channel for OTA updates, you'll need to rollback and that will wipe your phone.
Pixel phones are getting more proactive with Android 11 as well.