Google has announced Android 11 yesterday after a quiet year without Google I/O and any other events. The Android 11 Beta was available previously for developers to test APIs and apps on the newest iteration of not so sweet Android. Android 11 is the second release by Google without a sweet name after Android 10. The internal code name is – Red Velvet Cake (R).
Android 11 doesn’t bring any major UI changes but instead polishes them to tune it further in 3 key areas -Notifications, Privacy, and Controls. The Notifications has now changed to a Conversations tab where all the communications are grouped, which makes it easier to manage and can prioritize people in it. It also adds bubbles, which were experimental in Android 10, just like Facebook messenger, but for all apps, so you can chat within.
The Controls section includes a new Power Menu with smart devices listed in it. The Media controls have now shifted to Quick settings instead of Notifications. Android Auto will work wirelessly with Compatible vehicles. The privacy section has a one time toggle to allow apps access permissions for only one time and allow again on the second use. There is a permission reset as well for unused apps. Google will also focus more on Mainline where fixes can be sent over just like app updates.
Other minor changes include an inbuilt screen recorder that can record internal audio as well. Voice access for controlling the phone over voice. Camera optimizations bring better photos for apps like Snapchat, App suggestions, Call screening, adjustable Picture in picture mode, Pinning apps in the share sheet, notification history, scooped storage, and much more.
For realme, realme X50 Pro has a Preview release of Android 11 for limited people as of now. realme has been preparing for realme UI 2.0 along with some of the features rolled out in realme UI 1.0 phones. Going by the last year’s timeline, and realme’s work on the realme UI, we can expect it to be released around Jan 2021 for some of the realme’s phones and their promise of 2 years of updates for the X series, it can take time as they have more than double devices to maintain.
The Source Code for Android 11 is also being uploaded as we speak, the Android Studio has updated as well. ADB incremental allows us to send large apps over ADB. DSU Loader allows us to flash GSI’s without an unlocked Bootloader and all the related resources are being updated.