These Phones Get Android 11 Beta & Android 11. What Changes From Android 10 ?
Historically new Android versions were unveiled at Google I/O events around May, but this time COVID-19 led to the cancellation of the event by Google.
While there was some speculation regarding an online-only event on June 10, the Android Developers team released the Android 11 Beta 1 online on the same day.
The new version of Android does not change much of the ‘Material Design’ language that Google adopted since Android 5 ‘Lollipop,’ but it brings with it many functional updates that could enhance the user experience.
The Beta version first allowed public users to try Android 11 features on Pixel phones newer than the first Google Pixel. But now, few OEMs have also jumped on the bandwagon and made the Beta available to their respective flagships.
Read this exclusive article in full to find out if your phone supports Android 11 Beta and Android 11. The article also briefly reviews the likely changes you will get in Android 11.
What Major Changes Android 11 Brings To Users?
While there are a lot of changes in Android 11, the user experience will be affected most by:
Media Controls in Quick Setting
You can now control various media playback and media output devices from the quick settings menu for immersive media experience. The color of the UI also changes according to the album artwork, neat!
Interactive Notification Shade
Notifications will now have three categories: Conversations, Alerting Notifications, and Silent Notifications.
Conversations from social messaging apps will always stay on top to allow you to make replies instantly. Also, you can continue your conversations from the notification area itself.
#Android11 lets you prioritize the VIPs in your life. We’ve built an OS that is making it easier to see, respond, and control conversations across different apps. pic.twitter.com/qfvYDqumjA — Android (@Android) June 15, 2020
Updated App Switcher
The 11 Beta brings you three new features below the app cards area. You can now take a screenshot of the app, select text within the app, or share them with your referrals.
Device Control Hub
Holding the power button longer, you can now get quick access to Google Play and Google Home shortcuts to control your payments or smart appliances more quickly.
On #Android11, long press the power button and have instant access to your essentials like device controls, payment methods and boarding passes - all in one place. pic.twitter.com/2Im5qF0YQ9 — Android (@Android) June 16, 2020
Upgraded voice controls
You can basically control phone actions through voice commands and it works wonders!
One thing I left out of my Android 11 beta hands on was the improved Voice Access, which now understand screen context and content. That was a mistake - it's actually incredible.
You don't have to use a grid or button numbers, you can just say what's on the screen. Watch: pic.twitter.com/wXidxZGVjt — Dieter Bohn (@backlon) June 10, 2020
Add the features mentioned above with a host of new privacy controls. Isn't your day-to-day experience getting more functional and futuristic with Android 11?
Each Android release brings more ways to control your privacy and security. On #Android11, we’re rolling out one-time permissions and permissions auto-reset. pic.twitter.com/I0PHrKpKlp — Android (@Android) June 18, 2020
But Most Users Will Not Get to Experience Android 11
As per Statcounter, Android accounted for 72.6% of the worldwide mobile operating system market share in 2019. However, the predecessor of Android 11—the Android 10—accounted for less than a quarter of the total Android phones in use with Android 9 (Pie) topping the charts.
This major difference in uses occurred due to the release and update cycles of the Android operating system in smartphones.
Thus, if your phone was manufactured before 2019 with Android 8 (Oreo) out of the box, your phone will probably not get Android 11, even if it is already running Android 10.
Let’s take the case of the world’s leading Android Smartphone manufacturer, Samsung. Its 2017 flagships, the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus have hardware capable of running Android 11, but they did not even get Android 10. They stopped getting major software updates from 2019 itself.
Likewise, there’s a high chance that its 2018 flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 will end their major software support at Android 10.
Similarly, SamMobile reports that Samsung’s S20 lineup and Z Flip will likely get two years of Android update support unless Samsung changes its update distribution strategy.
Will My Phone Get Android 11?
If your phone was manufactured in 2018 with Android 9 (Oreo) out of the box expect to get Android 11 probably around 2021. The final call still rests on respective OEMs.
You can find a speculative list that highlights which phones from major manufacturers may or may not get Android 11, here.
Similarly, all the new flagships that have released in 2020 such as the Samsung S20/S20 Plus/S20 Ultra or Sony’s Xperia 1 II are definitely getting Android 11 albeit probably around 2021.
Also, Google Pixel 5 and phones releasing around ‘Techtober’ will most definitely sport Android 11 out of the box.
Which Phone Supports Android 11 Beta At Present?
Here is the list of phones that support the Beta version at present.
|Google Pixel 2/2XL/3/3XL/3a/3aXL/4/4XL|
|One Plus 8/8 pro|
|Xiaomi MI 10/10 Pro|
|Oppo Find X2/X2 Pro|
|Poco F2 Pro|
|Vivo NEX 3S|
|Realme X50 Pro|
Keep updated to know about the latest news on Android 11.