Android 11: The Best Features You Need to Know
Loaded with several eye-catching features and notable enhancements, Android 11 promises to be a massive upgrade. For a change, Google has put more emphasis on improving privacy while also ensuring the latest iteration of Android remains feature-rich. If you are yet to take a look at what it has to offer, here is a quick roundup of the best Android 11 features.
Native Screen Recording
Though Android skins and overlays have had screen recording for a long time, but surprisingly Google was not too keen on introducing it in the native Android until now. However, better late than never, as the search giant is finally ready to offer a better screen recording experience.
Mute Notifications During Video Recording
Imagine a situation where you are recording a video to share with your friends, and suddenly a notification bumps onto the screen, wouldn’t you feel annoyed? Most probably, yes. That is the reason why the option to mute alerts during video calls could be pretty useful.
Auto-Revoke App Permissions
Android 11 is more privacy-focused than its predecessors. Probably the best privacy feature of the latest iteration of Android is the ability to revoke Apps’ access to camera and location automatically if you have not used them for long.
Google has not yet clarified the specific time after which App permissions will be revoked. However, as it is available for Pixel phones as of September 8, we should know more about it soon as and when various OEMs make it available for their Android phone models.
Increase Touch Sensitivity
Let’s face it, not all screen guards can retain touch sensitivity for long. Due to fingerprints, smudge, and dust, many screen protectors lose their responsiveness quite early. When that happens, missed taps and sluggish scrolling seem to become the order of the day.
With the “Increase Touch Sensitivity” feature, you can enhance touch sensitivity on your Android device. It is aimed at improving the responsiveness of the screen, ensuring gestures like sliding, tapping, and scrolling work smoothly.
Another feature worth taking note of is the “Notification History”, which allows users to take a close look at all the notifications.
While many users appreciate the way Android 10 handles notifications, some still have issues with it. One of the pain points has been the hidden notification log, which makes it inconvenient to keep a track of all the received alerts.
With Android 11 finally offering a dedicated Notification History, tracking alerts will be plain sailing again.
Exposure Notification System
In what could turn out to be a watershed moment for the tech industry, Google and Apple have teamed up to introduce the “Exposure Notification System” to help public health authorities fight COVID-19 through contact tracing.
Public health authorities use the contact tracing technique to contact and offer guidance to anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19. It is designed to prevent the spread of the pandemic that seems to have engulfed the entire world.
In Android 11, the Exposure Notification API is enabled automatically so that you can contact the concerned authority without any hassle.
Revamped Power Menu
Android 11 has redesigned the power menu, making it more functional. Now, it offers quick access to Google Wallet cards, smart home controls, and power options.
Redesigned Overview Menu and Screenshot Shortcuts
The latest version of Android has also tweaked the overview menu (aka recent apps screen) to show larger cards. Besides, it has included a couple of all-new screenshot shortcuts as well.
Now, you can simply navigate to the page you want to capture, swipe up to access the overview menu, and then hit the screenshot button. Alternately, if you want to capture a screen and share it right after, tap on the Share button (it will take the screenshot) and open the share menu to let you share the captured screen.