Android 11 is now official, Pixel devices receiving the new update starting today


Google releases stable Android 11 with improvements to notifications, privacy, 5G, and more for Pixel devices starting today

Yes, you read it correctly, Android 11 is now official!!! Google has now officially released the public stable version of Android 11 for Pixel devices starting today. After releasing the first Android 11 developer preview in February the company has come a long way with multiple new features and improvements. Now after Google’s “11 weeks of Android” promotion, the stable version of Android 11 has arrived.

From adjusting our APIs to ease [compatibility], changes from your Beta feedback, even little goodies like Kotlin nullability enhancements, we’ve worked really hard to make it a stronger release for developers like you. We hope you like it as much as we do, and wanted to extend a special thank you for all of your work, even as we all found new ways of working together.


Coming to the new update, if you have followed all the past Beta updates, you will notice only a few changes in this official Andriod build. Taking about the new features the notifications panel in the new update has brought-in a ‘Conversation’ section for direct messages, also the apps can create Bubbles for quick access.

Moreover, the device controls can now be accessed through the power button menu, also you will notice that the media controls are pinned inside the quick settings panel. In addition, Google is adding support for all Android Smartphones that run on Android 11 to use Android Auto wirelessly.

Earlier we also reported that Google won’t allow Android 11 users to use third-party camera apps for security concerns. With the new Android version 11, the new media controls will be displayed right next to the other settings in Android’s pull-down quick setting shade. The feature is enabled by default on Android 11. So if you are running an Android Smartphone lower then that then you won’t be able to use it. The new media playback feature of Android 11 is something that users are very excited to get it on their Smartphone.

An amazing feature that Google has added to Android 11 is the back tap gestures, this new gesture allows you to tap the back of your smartphone to do things like launching the phone’s camera app and controlling media playback.

Also recently it was revealed that the company still names the new Android Versions to use them internally, Android VP Dave Burke revealed an internal dessert nickname. Google is referring too Android 11 as “RVC” or “Red Velvet Cake.”

Android 11 will start rolling out today to all Pixel devices, except the original models from 2016. Google also says select OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme devices will also be getting Android 11 versions soon though don’t expect the same polish just yet. For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by following us on Google News.


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