Google traditionally gives a preview of its latest Android operating system in May at its annual developer conference. The final version reaches users by sometime in October. Google, this time, has released a developer preview, which has given an indication of some of the new features that will arrive on Android smartphones. Here are some of them that are set to change how Android smartphones are used by people across the world:
Chatting on Android phones will change with chat bubbles
Just like Facebook Messenger has chat bubbles, Google is set to bring the same feature to its messages. Users will be able to have multiple conversations with relative ease
Marking spam calls will be easier
With Android 11, users will be able to mark calls as spam or under contacts directly from the phone dialler app
Sending images directly from notification panel
Soon, Android users will see a conversation tab in their notification panel. Users will also be able to send pictures directly from notification panel.
Notifications won’t bother when camera is being used.
In Android 11, it is expected that Google will introduce a feature that will mute notifications when camera is being used.
Support for 5G phones
Android 11 will add support for 5G phones as Google is updating and enhancing existing connectivity APIs.
Special app support for foldable phones and punch-hole displays
Apps in Android 11 will come optimised for foldable phones. Also, punch-hole displays will also get optimisation for apps.
More emphasis on privacy and user’ data security
Apple got one-time permissions for apps with iOS 13. Now with Android 11, Google is expected to do the same. Users will have the option to give one-time permissions to apps to use location, camera and microphone.
Users will be able to schedule dark mode on their phones
With Android 11, users will have the option to change the settings of dark mode. There will be an option to toggle dark mode automatically depending on the time.
Bluetooth connectivity to not ‘suffer’ in Airplane mode
Users will have the option to use Bluetooth-connected devices when the airplane mode is turned on in a smartphone.
Touch sensitivity on smartphones will improve
At times — while wearing gloves — touch sensitivity does suffer but with Android 11 users will have the option to increase it.