As for Android 11's user-facing security features, there's a new one-time permission that grants an app access to the phone's microphone, camera or location for just a single instance. Facebook Messenger does, but Google's own Messages does not yet. So, it's highly recommended do not use the beta version on a primary device.
Lastly, Google notes that the Android 11 beta has a couple of new privacy features, including giving access to various mobile apps.
The options for people will focus on communication. Before the official release of this update for Pixel devices, many Android manufacturers have confirmed this update. Truth be told, these are already old operating systems that offer distinctive features and share plenty of similarities.
With that in mind, here's how to download the Android 11 beta now. But we still prefer Google's efforts to sorting notifications compared to iOS' messy chronological list with lazy grouping.
After many years, neither Google nor Apple has figured out how to flawless notifications.
First up, the Android 11 introduces a familiar but useful feature it's calling "Bubbles". Notifications are now separated by conversations, alerts, and silent notifications. In truth, only the former really matters, and I'd love to see something like this on the iPhone.
Now that phones have become a remote control for a huge range of other devices, Google is creating a quick control hub. That was the iPhone in 2007. That way, you'll never miss any important texts no matter what chat app they come from.
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The best new accessibility feature on Android 11 is improved Voice Access.
There's a nice touch if you assign a contact's notifications as priority - their picture will now appear in the status bar to show you a message from them specifically is waiting. These are marked in the notification shade when you pull it down, and helps to rank your onslaught of pings into an order you might want to address them. And some of those notifications will even override do not disturb mode. First up the notifications drop-down menu will not get a dedicated conversations section.
The real question is when other major handsets will get Android 11, and if all these features will carry over.
Media controls can now live in the top of the notification shade, which takes up more room but you might prefer it.
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"In addition, when you type using Gboard in Android 11, you'll get relevant and automatic suggestions for emoji and text", said Burke. This gives you one-tap access to open a full conversation, thus avoiding the need to switch back and forth between apps.