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Here are 11 features that need to be in Android 11

Last year's Android 10 was a massive release. It had a system-wide dark theme, updated navigation gestures, dozens of privacy changes, and much more. However, stock Android still has a few missing features compared to the customized Android builds found on devices from third-party manufacturers, and there's even a few iOS features that would be nice to see.

The first preview builds of Android 11 will likely show up in the coming months, no doubt with even more features to make our smartphones and tablets more useful. Here are 11 changes we'd love to see added to Android 11, in no particular order.

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Weekend poll: Which messaging apps do you use?

Plenty of folks are pretty excited about the new WhatsApp dark mode, which landed in a beta release earlier this week. Between that news and other recent discussions in the ol' comment section, we've had messaging on our mind here at Android Police for a while now. For this week's poll, we're curious to know which apps you use for messaging.

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Unlocking the bootloader on the T-Mobile OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren breaks your ability to install updates (Update: Potential fix)

Owners of the T-Mobile-exclusive OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren interested in bootloader unlocking the device for root or ROM purposes should think twice before they do. Based on recent reports, that process can prevent the phone from being able to download future official updates, including one that was just released.

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Google needs to fix its notoriously bad bilingual speech recognition on Assistant and Gboard (Updated)

Google collects vast amounts of speech data across all of its products, and while it hasn't been too transparent about the practice, we as users profit from it for the most part. Speech recognition has consistently gotten better over the years, which has allowed impressive sci-fi tech like smart speakers to enter our homes. There's one department where Google needs to step up its game, though: multilingual speakers are having a hard time using more than one language on any Google product.

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Five OxygenOS features we hope to see in stock Android someday

Although we usually think it's pretty great these days, stock Android still isn't perfect, and there are plenty of great, useful, and convenient features that third parties like OnePlus have come up with. The only bad thing about them is the fact that not everyone using an Android gets to use them — they're exclusive to OnePlus devices. So we'd like to see a few of these useful OxygenOS features make their way over to stock.

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Snatch an unlocked 512GB Galaxy S10+ and keep all your media with you for just $860 ($390 off)

If you didn't jump on the opportunity to get a Galaxy S10+ for $300 off a couple of days ago, here's another — and more interesting — opportunity: Thanks to this deal, you can snatch the unlocked 512GB version for $860, which is $390 off the regular retail price. It's a better offer than the previous markdown, as the 512GB model was selling for $950 last week.

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16 new Android games from the week of January 20, 2020: Tetris, G.I. Joe: War On Cobra, and Zombie Football

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the return of Tetris (now that EA has lost the license), a G.I.-Joe-themed strategy game, and an enjoyable football game all about avoiding zombies. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of January 20th, 2020.

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Samsung Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra pre-orders will reportedly come with free Galaxy Buds+

As we're getting closer to the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup, more details are continuing to leak regarding the upcoming handset. After seeing renders of the phone's official covers, new information reveals early buyers should get a free pair of Galaxy Buds+ when pre-ordering the phone.

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Google Camera v7.3 prepares for 24 fps video, Pixel 4a codenames, and automatic Do Not Disturb mode (APK Teardown)

The camera remains one of the top selling points for Pixel phones, so it's only natural that updates to Google's Camera app are going to be worthy of a close eye. The latest version bump brings some changes that will save you from ruining a video when new notifications would pop up and tweaks the UI in a subtle way. Diving deeper with a teardown, we get to see that 24 fps recording is on the horizon along with some of the codenames for upcoming devices, most likely the Pixel 4a lineup.

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Motorola is reportedly working on a stylus phone

Motorola's mid-range lineup is all over the place right now. The company still has its popular G and E-series phones, but more recently, it has released a few Android One devices in some regions. A new leak indicates Motorola might be trying something new: a phone with a pen.

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