Look At The Main Innovations Integrated In The First Build Of Android 11

Introduction
From the screen recording function to the dark theme on a schedule. Google released the first build of Android 11 for developers, and now we have an idea of the next version of the popular firmware.
Last Updated
February 21, 2020

Look At The Main Innovations Integrated In The First Build Of Android 11
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Support for new technologies

Android 11 is much better adapted for working with 5G, folding displays and video transmission with minimal latency (which is important for cloud gaming services like Google Stadia). The new firmware also offers deeper integration of alternative image formats like HEIF and support for Google's neural network API.

In the case of 5G, for example, Google is working to teach apps to check whether you are using an unlimited data plan or not — because a higher download speed also means that your traffic can run out very quickly.

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"Bubbles" messengers

"Bubbles" messengers

In the English version, this feature is called Bubbles and is similar to part of the Facebook Messenger interface. A small round icon with the contact's name and avatar is displayed on top of any open apps in the selected part of the screen. In theory, Bubbles will be able to use any messengers, but for now, they are only available for Google "Messages". Initially, they wanted to add such bubbles to Android 10, but they were rejected in one of the beta builds.

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The "Communication" section on the notification bar

The "Communication" section on the notification bar

Now all messages from messengers and social networks will be displayed in a separate block, which is placed at the top of the notification list. This way you won't lose new messages in the flow of less important notifications.

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Allowing access to apps

Allowing access to apps

It sounds boring, even not attractive, but it's actually a very important change. In Android 10 and older versions, when an app asks for access to a microphone, camera, or other smartphone features, you only have two options: grant access or deny access. On Android 11, it works the same way as iOS: you can now grant access once.

For example, if you want to send a photo via the app, but don't want to give it access to the camera forever (or disable it later in the settings), you can choose "Only this time".

 

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Screen recording feature

Screen recording feature

This finally happened: Android got a native screen recording feature. This feature was previously seen in beta builds but was not included in the final version of Android 10. We hope Google won't change its mind this time.

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Dark theme on schedule and Increasing screen sensitivity

You no longer need to turn on the dark mode manually in the evening: you can set a schedule for turning it on and off — and the system will do everything automatically.

So far, this innovation is only available on Pixel 4, and it is unclear whether it will appear on smartphones from other manufacturers. This function, as the name implies, increases the screen sensitivity, and is intended for devices with a protective film or glass.

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