Android 11 operating system looks and feels much like Android 10. So, at first glance, you ignore the new features it comes with. You might not notice the intricate differences when you first boot it up. Well yes, Android 11 does have a lot of good hidden features, which will help you in your daily life. This guide will let you know about the unique features of Android 11 that make this operating system the best yet. Read on to know more.
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1) Built-in screen recording
Until Android 11 was released, recording the screen on Android smartphones had been a bit complex, demanding you to use third-party applications that are often malicious. Now on Android 11, you can record content on your device like audio and video without the use of a third-party app. This can be accessed formed the drop-down navigation menu found on most Android smartphones.
2) Quick access to smart devices
A person who uses multiple smart devices sometimes feels terrible to manage them all. Now, you can access controls over all your smart devices using the power button menu. When you long-press the power button, you’ll get the controls for all the smart devices including lights, locks, and thermostats.
3) Permissions need not be forever
Android 10 and older operating systems allowed their users to limit location access to be functional only while using the app. Android 11 lets you give the applications one-time permission to some features like your camera or microphone. Moreover, Google will automatically reset the permissions given to an app if you don’t use it for a long time.
4) Pin ‘n’ Share
If you have a habit of keeping a lot of apps, you might need to scroll through an array of options before you can reach the one you want to share. With Android 11, this process becomes simple as it allows you to pin your favorite sharing apps to the face of the pack. This will save you time that you can invest in other tasks.
5) Revamped media controls
Android 11 offers enhanced media controls that are much less interfering than previous versions. You can now find the media controls in the Quick Settings bar having the title of what you’re playing, play/pause, previous and next track options.
6) Dark theme scheduling
Android 11 users can schedule the dark theme utilising one of two different methods. The first way is to schedule it to turn on or off when the sun rises or sets. You can also establish the desired schedule for dark mode activation.
7) Android 11 updates via Play Store
Android 11 provides more flexibility when it comes to updates on the Google Play Store. This is a very useful feature as it will keep your phone updated and safe even if the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) has discontinued the phone.
8) Conversations and Bubbles
Android 11 comes with a feature by which the conversations with people are represented at the top of the notification bar. This keeps them aloof from other kinds of notifications like news and shopping. The conversations can also be converted into Bubbles that appear as floating circular buttons that get enlarged or minimized into a floating box when tapped.
Android 11 comes with new 117 emojis that include Smiling Face with Tear, Ninja, Disguised Face, anatomically correct Heart and Lungs, and Bubble Tea. Apart from new emojis, Google has also re-designed a majority of the existing emojis. The existing symbols now appear along with shading and outlines.
10) Notification history
This new feature in Android 11 offers you the option of saving all the notifications that you received over the past 24 hours. You can also check the list and search for the notification you unintentionally removed. However, this feature is not enabled by default. You will need to go through the following steps to activate it.
Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications > Notification history.
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