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Wireless Android Auto will work on every phone with Android 11 and 5GHz Wi-Fi

Wireless Android Auto will work on every phone with Android 11 and 5GHz Wi-Fi

Android Auto has traditionally required connecting your phone to a car with a USB cable, but a wireless mode was introduced in 2018 for some Pixel phones. Samsung devices were later added to the compatibility list, and starting with Android 11, every Android phone that supports 5GHz Wi-Fi should be capable of running wireless Android Auto.

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Telegram now works with Android 11's chat bubbles

Telegram now works with Android 11's chat bubbles

With Android 11, Google introduced a basically picture-perfect copy of Messenger's chat heads as a system-wide feature, simply called bubbles. When messaging apps support it, they can display their interface on top of what you're doing on your screen, staying instantly accessible in the form of a floating bubble as soon as someone writes you. Following Facebook Messenger and Google Messages, Telegram has now joined the club and supports the new optional Android 11 notification display method.

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tinyCam is one of the first third-party apps to use Android 11's new power menu

tinyCam is one of the first third-party apps to use Android 11's new power menu

Android 11 brings a whole new look to the power menu — not just for reboots and shutdowns anymore, users will be able to change their tap-to-pay card on the fly and even control their smart home devices, too. tinyCam, a third-party monitoring app for smart home cameras, is trying to take full advantage of that space as it beta tests live monitoring from right within the power menu.

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Google announces Wear OS update with performance and UI improvements

Google announces Wear OS update with performance and UI improvements

Google's Wear OS platform has been in a holding pattern for much of the past year, while the company waits for its acquisition of Fitbit to go through (or be shut down over antitrust lawsuits). Thankfully, Google hasn't completely forgotten about its existing wearable platform, as a new update is coming in the fall with some much-needed improvements.

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Android 11 will make password autofill much better thanks to keyboard integration

Android 11 will make password autofill much better thanks to keyboard integration

Android has offered native autofill since Android 9 Pie, but despite that being an official method, actually filling out passwords and addresses is sometimes wonky, and phones often need a few seconds to recognize password entry fields. Google wants to improve that experience with Android 11 and has introduced a new autofill method that integrates with your keyboard, be it Gboard or a third-party app.

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Android 11's new media player controls can be swiped away in Beta 3

Android 11's new media player controls can be swiped away in Beta 3

The first Android 11 Beta release introduced a redesign for media controls that moved them into the quick settings panel. In Beta 2, that feature became enabled by default. Today's release of Beta 3 tweaks the new UI to allow the controls to be swiped away — even if the media is still playing.

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Google's updated emoji designs finally arrive in Android 11 Beta 3

Google's updated emoji designs finally arrive in Android 11 Beta 3

Android's emoji set has never been the consistent, culturally accepted staple that Apple's is. For a long time, users of stock Android enjoyed a fun, expressive collection of blobs. Google refined them to be more visually consistent in 2016's release of Android Nougat, only to completely get rid of the blobs the next year. Now, Google is giving its Noto Emoji their biggest visual change since the blobs melted.

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Option to force 90Hz refresh rate on Pixel 4 is back in Android 11 Beta 3

Option to force 90Hz refresh rate on Pixel 4 is back in Android 11 Beta 3

The setting to forcibly enable the Pixel 4 to a 90Hz-always mode has been brought back as of Android 11 Beta 3. So far as we can tell, the setting was removed in Beta 2. However, it has been brought back — seemingly with a new name.

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The Android 11 Easter egg has landed, and the cats are back

The Android 11 Easter egg has landed, and the cats are back

Android 11's Easter egg has landed as part of the Beta 3 release, and it should probably be familiar to folks that remember Android 7 Nougat. That's right — the cats are back. Get ready for some kitty collecting.

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Android 11 Beta 3 is here with support for the Pixel 4a — our last beta before the official release

Android 11 Beta 3 is here with support for the Pixel 4a — our last beta before the official release

Android 11 Beta 3 is out today. (Surprise! A rare Thursday release.) For folks keeping track at home, this is the last beta version before Android 11 is formally released later this summer — probably on September 8th, unless there are some last-minute changes. Google considers this a "release candidate build," so those of you that want to get a taste of Android 11 early have your best shot at stability, and developers can rest assured basically everything in Beta 3 is fixed, final, and ready for your last rounds of app compatibility testing.

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