Google finally releases Android 11 for the general public followed by months of anticipation

Android 11 was the talk of the town for a while now, and after going through months of thorough beta testing, Google has finally released it for the general public. The update is rolling out for Google’s Pixel 2 and newer, devices from Realme, OPPO, OnePlus, and Xiaomi.

Google has added several new features and privacy tools that people were anxiously waiting for, and finally, that wait is over.

Some of the main features of Android 11 include small avatars in the form of Bubbles float at the top of any app or screen that is being used. These bubbles allow the users to easily go back to the conversation that they were in, sort of like the users can easily switch screens from conversations in any of the messaging apps to any other screen and then allowing them to go back to the conversations through these bubble avatars. They are like Chat Heads on Facebook Messenger.

Another feature that has been added is that by holding the power button, users can view their Google Pay cards and access any Google-Assistant connected smart home devices. This feature provides easier and quicker means to access these items on the phone.

A new screen-recording tool has been added which lets the users record screens without having to rely on third-party apps or going through some other hassle.

A new media control visual has been added that allows the user to move playback controls from the notification bar to the Quick Settings panel. This not only looks good; it also lets the users change the device on which the audio is being played on.

A new privacy setting has been introduced. Apps that require access to microphone, location, or camera used to seek permission from the user once only, and then it used to become a default setting. Now, in the new version of Android, these apps will ask for user permission again when they are opened.

As an extension to this privacy setting, another feature has been added for the apps that are not regularly used. They will require user’s permission again if they want to access the mic, camera, or location. Both these features will prevent any unwanted and unnecessary access in the background by the apps without going unnoticed.

Several other changes for enterprise users are also made to make sure that the user’s personal and professional accounts and profiles remain separate and the IT admin does not get access to any of the personal data.

Let us see when this Android version will be available for Samsung and many other companies. Hopefully soon!

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