Android 11: privacy protection and other new features

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Google is ready to make Android 11 available to the general public. Tuesday's announcement follows several months of beta testing and updates for the latest version of the mobile operating system.

Rollout of the update has started for the Pixel lineup (starting with the Pixel 2), as well as OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Realme devices.

Content of the update

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Here are the main features present in Android 11:

  • Conversation bubbles in the form of small avatars can float above the applications or the screen in use, allowing you to continually return to the conversation (s) in progress. Much like Facebook Messenger's "Chat Heads", but for any messaging application.
  • Holding down the power button on the Android phone will show Google Pay cards, as well as any smart home devices connected to the Google Assistant.
  • The media control tool is getting a makeover, and is changing places. Available in the quick setup panel – it was previously displayed on the notifications screen – it looks great and even allows you to change the device on which an audio track is playing.
  • Screen recording is now possible without the need for a third-party app or workaround.

Better privacy protection

In addition to these new features, Google is also making changes regarding the protection of privacy. For example, it is now possible to grant unique access to the microphone, the camera and the location in the applications. Thus, each time you open, the application will ask again to approve access to these elements.

Also in the same theme, a new feature will reset the permissions of applications that have not been used for some time, preventing unnecessary background access by applications that have been installed and used only once for example.

Google is also improving the way Android 11 manages the work and personal profiles of business users. The separation is clearer between personal and business data, with the objective of preventing IT administrators of a company from accessing users' personal data.

But, like with every major Android update, the real question is, when will it be available on devices from other brands, like Samsung for example, especially for those who are a year or two old? Answer: You will probably have to be patient.


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