Android 11 Go edition release initially on February 19, 2020, and the last preview on 8 September 2020, Developed by google. Android Go Edition, is a stripped-down version of Android distribution designed for low-end and ultra-budget smartphones, first made available for Android Oreo. It is intended for smartphones with 2 GB of RAM or less. This mode has platform optimizations designed to reduce mobile data usage.
These are the phones that are currently compatible with Android 11:
- Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL
- Google Pixel 3 / 3 XL
- Google Pixel 3a / 3a XL
- Google Pixel 4 / 4 XL
- Google Pixel 4a
- Xiaomi Mi 10 / Mi 10 Pro
Built-in screen recording
Android 11 brings a feature some custom Android forks already have – built-in screen recording. This lets you use easily-accessible controls within the phone to create a video of what’s on your screen, similar to screenshots.
You can even record the sound of your phone, or use the mic to narrate what you’re doing, so this should be a great feature for creating short-form video like TikToks, or for making tutorial videos to help less tech-savvy relatives make the most of their smartphone.
Related to this, the Android 11 sharing functions have seen wider rollout to apps, so you can easily copy and paste images, text and videos from one app and send them straight to another.
Security and privacy
The Android 11 update brings some changes to app permissions. Now, you can grant an app permission to, say, your camera or location, on a one-off basis, instead of the existing options of ‘all the time’ and ‘only while using the app’.
In addition, your phone will automatically revoke permissions for apps if you haven’t used them in a while, so an app won’t track your location if you forget you have it downloaded
improved prediction tools
Android 11 will seemingly reduce the work you need to do on your phone, by predicting your habits and patterns.
One such example of this is smart folders, so you can let Android 11 automatically sort your apps into folders of similar apps, like games or productivity tools.
App suggestions is also tweaked to suggest apps based on your routine – for example, if you always log onto your Fitbit app first thing in the morning to examine your sleep habits, the phone will now automatically pop that app into the Home screen in the morning so it’s easily accessible.
Finally, apparently the Smart Reply feature already usable in Android phones has received some tweaks. This mode suggests some automatic responses when you receive a message, letting you reply with one tap (if any of the responses are appropriate) but it’s not clear what’s new here.
Smart home and media controls
The new Android 11 update brings loads of changes for people who use loads of smart home devices.
From one easily-accessible menu (accessed by long-pressing the power button) you can control all the IoT (Internet of Things) devices you have connected to your phone, as well as NFC bank cards.
Talking of home, there’s a new Bedtime Mode in the phone which you can set to run during the night, which turns on Do Not Disturb and makes the phone screen black-and-white to protect your vision.
There are new media controls too. It’s now easier to make music play from other devices connected to your phone, like Bluetooth speakers or other gadgets.
Plus, Android Auto now works wirelessly on your car, saving you from having to fiddle with wires to get it working. And on the topic of transport, now when you turn on Airplane mode, any headphones connected via Bluetooth will stay connected, so you won’t have to reconnect them.
Google has improved its Voice Access mode in Android 11, although there isn’t too much information on what’s changed.Advertisementhttps://bf60a482946ddde84bab2263e73a6934.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Apparently, the hands-free mode is now ‘faster and easier to use’ – a bigger change is that the mode now works offline, so you don’t need to always be connected to use it. These changes should hopefully make Android 11 a lot more accessible, letting people stay connected regardless of disability.
A cool new mode is the braille keyboard, so you can write braille messages without needing to buy separate software.
Finally, the Lookout app now lets you scan documents and food labels, so people with limited vision can still ‘read’ documents and see what’s in their food.
New Conversations Tab.
When you swipe down from the top in Android 10, you bring down your notification bar – well, in Android 11, that’s split into two sections, consisting of your notifications, and your ‘conversations’.
These conversations are basically just chat notifications from chat apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter, so you know they’re probably more worth paying attention to than the other notifications.Advertisementhttps://bf60a482946ddde84bab2263e73a6934.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
This way you can easily see if people need you, and reply straight away too. You can also now pin conversations to ‘Bubbles’ – you might have seen these for Facebook Messenger, where a floating icon appears above other apps to show you that you have a message.
Now you can get messages from more apps to appear as bubbles, and you can pin them there too so the chat is always easily-accessible.
A related improvement is that Gboard, the default Android keyboard, will now auto-fill forms with relevant information, similar to what Chrome currently does, which should save time if you’re frequently filling out your information.