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First Pixel phones on Android 10 get Google Pay access in power menu

Evidence has surfaced that Google is working on a power menu redesign in Android 11 that accommodates smart home controls and NFC payment cards and passes. However, it looks like the company is also finally adding the latter capability to Android 10 after a few teases that hinted at the existence of the feature. First Pixel users on the stable Android 10 release report seeing their Google Pay wallet in the power menu.

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Android 11 kills apps that modify the navigation bar

There are quite a few apps for customizing Android's navigation bar and gestures, like Gesture Plus and the aptly-named Custom Navigation Bar. Most of them (if not all) use an ADB command called wm overscan, which allows the existing navigation bar/gestures to be hidden, but that command seems to be gone in Android 11.

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Pixel 4 car-crash detection can now be sideloaded onto older Pixels thanks to Android 11 Preview

The first Developer Preview of Android 11 didn't just reveal a barrage of new system features and tweaks to pore through. It also ushered in a dogfood version of the Personal Safety app that can enable crash detection on Pixel phones outside of the 4 and 4 XL. Here's how to sideload the app and get it running:

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Android 11 continues crackdown on restricted APIs

Starting with Android P, Google began slowly closing the door on the use of non-public APIs. The process began with method calls that had little or no known usage among app developers, but things changed when Android Q expanded the list of restricted interfaces to cover a larger selection. Now with Android 11, the crackdown continues as the Android team adds even more non-public APIs to the restricted list.

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Hidden settings for back gesture sensitivity surface in Android 11, but they don't work yet

As of now, it doesn't actually do anything, but a hidden setting that controls back gesture sensitivity has surfaced in Android 11. The new "Gesture Settings" screen (accessible via a hidden activity) has a pair of sliders that may eventually control how the edge back gesture added in Android 10 works. At least you can enjoy a snazzy animation in the meantime.

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Hidden Android 11 feature splits notifications from Quick Settings

Android's notification shade has been getting a lot of attention in the first Android 11 Developer Preview. In addition to some cool new updates like conversation grouping and enhanced long-press options, a hidden feature uncovered by XDA Developers separates quick settings from app notifications into their own distinct menus.

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Android 11's new conversation notifications come with enhanced long-press options

Notification management has always been the feature that Android absolutely nails, and we've already covered that Google continues improving it in Android 11 with the addition of a conversations class. It bundles real-time, bi- or multidirectional communication at the top of the notification shade. We've now also noticed that these conversations notifications offer a slew of new long-press options that help you manage them. The long-press menu for regular notifications remains unchanged, though.

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Funky Android 11 experiment moves audio controls to quick settings

The first Android 11 developer preview landed yesterday. We keep finding tons of new features in it, which you can check out in the widget above. There are also some hidden changes not activated out of the box, and our friends over at XDA Developers stumbled upon one of these. They've managed to put audio controls into the quick settings panel above the notifications, making media playback instantly accessible no matter how many messages you receive.

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Android 11 reorganizes everything in the Do Not Disturb settings menu

It's quitting time and you want to be left alone to your own devices. Or, maybe just the one phone you've got in your hands, listen, I don't know what your life is like, okay? Anyways, if you're the type that likes to turn on Do Not Disturb mode every so often, you should know that each new version of Android tends to bring changes to that feature and Android 11 is no exception — we just wish it were more exciting.

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Android 11 makes it easy to check what audio codecs your Bluetooth headphones support

It's usually difficult to figure out what kinds of audio codecs your favorite Bluetooth headphones/speakers support, at least on Android. The main method involves copying logs from your phone to a PC, then running them through an application like Wireshark. Thankfully, Google has made the process significantly easier on Android 11.

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