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11 new Android 11 features you should know about

11 new Android 11 features you should know about

Android 11 is finally here! Well, sort of. The update is already rolling out to Google Pixel phones, and will come to more devices in the coming weeks and months. Much like the past few Android OS updates, there aren't any radical design changes or features that will completely change how you use your phone, but there are plenty of smaller improvements worth talking about.

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6 features in Android 11 that Samsung One UI had first

6 features in Android 11 that Samsung One UI had first

Android updates aren't really about new features these days, since most new functionality is delivered through updates to the Play Store, Google Play Services, or individual system apps. Over the past few years, system upgrades have largely served to introduce new APIs and security/privacy improvements that can't be rolled out through app updates (or implemented in manufacturer skins), from expiring permissions to Scoped Storage.

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Here's the changelog for Samsung's first One UI 3.0 beta, based on Android 11

Here's the changelog for Samsung's first One UI 3.0 beta, based on Android 11

With Android 11 launching just last week, many phone-makers are rushing to get their various versions of the platform out into users hands for testing in beta programs. Samsung is no exception. In a very early and surprising move, Samsung has already pushed the One UI 3.0 pre-beta to a a few select partnered developers. Here's the official changelog for the beta.

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Google ruined the quick settings panel in Android 11

Google ruined the quick settings panel in Android 11

Android 11 has been stable for a bit, and while it brought many improvements to the table, there are also a few regressions. One of these is a small but significant change to the quick settings tiles. Compared to earlier versions of the OS, Android 11 only displays two rows instead of three, even when the new media player isn't in use.

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Android Auto is very broken on Android 11

Android Auto is very broken on Android 11

Operating systems are incredibly complex pieces of software, so it's perhaps not too surprising that despite several beta releases, a few bugs snuck into the final release of Android 11. The update has apparently caused issues with Android Auto, leading to some drivers being unable to play music or read notifications.

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Android 11's sound picker will work with cast devices, but apps will need to be updated to support it

Android 11's sound picker will work with cast devices, but apps will need to be updated to support it

Android 11 introduced a nifty new interface for controlling media playback that lives among the quick settings tiles rather than the notifications. In it, there's also a button that allows you to choose the sound output (which has actually been around since Android 10). At the moment, it's only populated by your phone's speakers and bluetooth sources, even though it seems like adding Chromecast-enabled devices would be a no-brainer. It looks like Google thought the same, but it will have to be implemented by every single media app out there.

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Android 11 (Go edition) brings notification and privacy improvements to budget phones

Android 11 (Go edition) brings notification and privacy improvements to budget phones

The full-fat version of Android 11 landed just a couple of days back with a ton of under-the-hood improvements, some visual facelifts here and there, and new privacy options. Google is now porting a few of those features to Android 11 (Go edition) — the latest iteration of Android’s stripped-down version meant to run on entry-level hardware without hiccups.

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Android 11 fixes the convoluted Android 10 workflow for opening links in default apps

Android 11 fixes the convoluted Android 10 workflow for opening links in default apps

Android 10 introduced a serious regression when it comes to setting up link handling defaults. Instead of just leaving it be with the familiar "always open in this app" prompt after tapping a link that's supported by multiple apps, Android 10 would instead throw you into settings, where you'd have to confirm that you really want links to open in that application all the time in a drop-down menu. Thankfully, this behavior is a thing of the past in Android 11, which reintroduces the familiar two-tap solution.

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Here are the 117 new emoji you've got to learn for Android 11

Here are the 117 new emoji you've got to learn for Android 11

As the Android 11 team worked on new features and system-level changes over these past few months of the beta process, the Google emoji team was doing the same, adding 117 new entries approved by the Unicode Commission. We got an early look at the updated emoji library last month, and now these emoji are saying hello to everyone as Android 11 begins rolling out to the general public.

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Android 11 lets firm presses expand bundled notifications

Android 11 lets firm presses expand bundled notifications

Now that Android 11's codebase has been released, folks have started digging through looking for smaller changes that may have gone unnoticed — or which hide future as-yet-unimplemented features. One small but potentially useful tweak has been spotted: Android 11 expands the utility of the new "firm" or "deep" press feature on the Pixel 4 and later to let you expand bundled notifications.

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