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Android 11 continues Google's work on the power menu wallet, opening it up to third-party appsThis feature has been in the works for about a year — is it finally coming with Android 11?

Google has been working on showing your credit cards and passes in the long-press power menu since before the stable release of Android 10, and over the last year, we've gotten hint after hint that the company might launch the feature soon. In the first Android 11 developer preview, further evidence pointing to an imminent release has surfaced as Google is working on adding support for third-party applications.

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Android 11's new conversation notifications come with enhanced long-press optionsLong-press is the new right-click

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 settingsNo more playback controls in your notifications

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 menuAn example of some spring cleaning in Android

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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Android 11's hidden Battery Share menu hints at Pixel 5 reverse charging supportIt's already Pixel leak season

Android beta releases are designed to give us an idea of what future OS updates will bring, but sometimes they also give hints for upcoming Pixel phones. The first Android 11 developer preview is no exception, as it includes a hidden Google settings menu for reverse Qi charging — something that no Google-made phone can currently do.

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Android 11 makes the Pixel 4's Motion Sense gestures a whole lot betterThey're so much more reliable now, it may actually be useful

When the Pixel 4 landed, one of the biggest features included in the phone was a new radar-based "gesture" system called Motion Sense. Unfortunately for Google, it was pretty garbage at launch — personally, I could never get it to work right. But a new "pause" gesture is rolling out now (probably as part of an app update, but definitely included in Android 11), and across the board, we see big improvements in the overall "finickiness" of the gestures. In short, they don't suck now.

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Bubble notifications are no longer hidden in Android 11Thanks, I hate it

Last year, the Android team introduced bubble notifications as a native option as it was developing Android Q. However, as Android Q progressed through various betas, the feature became hidden away within developer settings where it has remained as an experimental feature ever since. Now bubble notifications finally look ready for prime time, as they're being integrated into the core Android 11 experience.

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Android 11 adds conversation grouping to the notification shadeIt's going to take an extra effort to ignore someone now

Android's notification shade is easily one of the platform's best features, and Google has worked on fine-tuning the processes of interacting with and managing notifications throughout the operating system's development. Now with Android 11, Google is introducing its latest tweak to the notification shade in the form of a catch-all conversation section that should help keep things organized.

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New pause gesture for Pixel 4 Motion Sense debuts with Android 11And it works pretty well, too

A new pause gesture for the Pixel 4's Motion Sense is rolling out as part of the Android 11 update. This change isn't intrinsically tied to Android 11, but the new Developer Preview does come with an updated version of the Motion Sense app (which controls the Soli radar-based gesture system on the Pixel 4), which allows you to pause and resume media with a "tapping" gesture in the air Motion Sense uses for gestures.

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