Best Android 11 – Top 6 Features

Best Android 11 – Top 6 Features

Best Android 11 – Top 6 Features

i’ve been playing around with it but i’ve also been familiar with Android 11 with the previous betas that were release dearlier in 2020. Now Android 11 represents quite a few fundamental changes to the operating system and i’m going to take you through what i think are the top six features of Android 11.

First let’s talk about notification sorting notifications have always been a bright spot with the Android operating system especially when you compare it to iOS. In Android 11 Google has improved the notification sorting by making sure your conversations are at the top of your notifications, followed by your main notifications and then silent notifications.

It’s a really great change because it’ll keep all of your current conversations all in one place and you don’t have to go digging through your list of notifications for them. Now do note some apps still haven’t been updated to support this just yet like Instagram’s messages.

Another important part of the notifications updateis setting priority for a conversation. Doing that will move new messages in that thread to the top of your conversations list in notifications, turn on bubbles, more on that in a bit, it’ll also use the contact’s avatar as the alert icon in the notification tray which is pretty neat.

One last thing on notifications Google made it much easier to see a recent history of notifications, so if you accidentally swipe one away you can just scroll down to the bottom of the notifications listand click history. Now this isn’t always enabled by default so to enable notifications history go into your Android phone settings, click notifications, notifications history, and then toggle on use notification history.

Next up, let’s talk about media controls. Media controls were in the past shown as a notification that would stick around while you were playing media from an app like Spotify, Google podcasts, etc. Now in Android 11, media controls have moved to a new spacein Android’s quick settings area.

If something is currently playing you’ll see the new media control as soon as you swipe down. If your media session isn’t currently active, you can still get to the media player view by swiping down again to expand the quick settings area.

If you click the gear icon you can set the media player to stay there by default and if you have more than one media app you can swipe through the different players in a card navigation to get to the one you need. Now one down side at launch is that way you can switch the media plane on your phone to something like a bluetooth speaker head phones etc, you can’t switch it to a Google cast speaker or speaker group from this view.

However Google has confirmed that Android 11’saudio output switcher will work with cast devices once appsare updated in the coming months. Coming in at number three is chat bubbles. Now if you are to use facebook messenger on Android and you use the chat heads feature, congratulations you already kind of know what chat bubbles are.

It’s basically a circular icon over lay that you can drag up and down the sides of your phone’s screen. When you tap the chat bubbles they fan out in this fun animation that shows you all of the current conversations that you have bubbled. To get a conversation in bubble mode you can do this by hitting the icon on a message that supports it.

If you get a message from a person while a bubbleis on the screen, you’ll see the message pop up out from the bubble. Any contact that you mark as a priority with in a chat app will automatically become a bubble chat. Bubbles are really handy when you’re trying to get something done on your phone while also continuing to converse with friends over chat.

The only down side right now is notall apps support priority and bubbles like facebook messenger, and instagram messages don’t even show up in the conversation view yetin notifications. Next up number four on our list is home control in the power menu.

Now if you already have a pixel device you’re already some what familiar with the new power menu controls. You long press the power button and you’ll see the normal controls fore mergency powering down the phone or lockdown then, earlier this year Google added a space to see the passes and your default credit card for Google pay.

Now below that you can see there are controls for your home that you’d normally seein the Google home app, you can control things like your smart lights by dragging the bar for each group of lights to adjust their percentage or tapping the group to turn them on and off.

You can also adjust things like thermostats smart switches and you’ll even be able to see a video feed from devices like the nest hello doorbell, pretty cool stuff. Number five, screen recording. Google has finally implemented a proper screen recording feature directly into the OS.

Swipe down to see quick settings and click the gear icon to add screen recording to your quick settings menu. That’s the only way i’ve been able to activate it so far when you start a screen recording you’ll see a count down up at the top until it starts recording. To stop a recording swipe down from the top and you’ll see a red notification, tap that notification to stop the recording.

Then a notification with your screen recording will be generated, making it easy to delete or share it. Alright the last feature coming in at number six on our list is screen shots. To screenshot something on Android now you swipe up from the bottom of the phone, to get into the multi tasking view and then hit screenshot.

A little preview of your screen shot will appear at the bottom left corner and you can delete your screen shot by hitting that little x. You can also share your screen shot from this view as well as edit it. Editing allows you to do things like crop and mark it up, and if you’re familiar with iOS this experience should be pretty familiar to you. Now before we go one thing on another new feature that didn’t make our list, predictive apps.

This feature tries to predict the apps that you use on the bottom row of your home screen. Now my experience for whatever reason they’re just not as good as the predictive apps at the top of the app drawer. So they didn’t make the list because i just haven’t found them all that useful and i ended up just replacing them with in my home screen. If you liked this artical and found it helpful make sure you share it with your friends. thanks for watching.

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