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

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 support

Android 11's hidden Battery Share menu hints at Pixel 5 reverse charging support

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 better

Android 11 makes the Pixel 4's Motion Sense gestures a whole lot better

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 11

Bubble notifications are no longer hidden in Android 11

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 shade

Android 11 adds conversation grouping to the notification shade

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 11

New pause gesture for Pixel 4 Motion Sense debuts with Android 11

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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Android 11 makes 'waterfall' curved-edge screens less frustrating to use

Android 11 makes 'waterfall' curved-edge screens less frustrating to use

Smartphone makers have decided that curving displays to wrap around the edges of phones is a good idea, even though the design choice leads to distorted images and more accidental taps. Much like notches and other intrusive design elements, it has taken a while for Android to work well with curved/waterfall screens, and now Android 11 is introducing proper support for them.

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Android 11 follows in iOS's footsteps, heavily restricts background location access for apps

Android 11 follows in iOS's footsteps, heavily restricts background location access for apps

If you're skeeved out by apps tracking your location at all times (or even asking you to allow them to do so), good news: Android 11 aims to curb that behavior. The newest OS version requires apps to jump through a number of new hoops to get constant location access, eventually including getting approval to remain listed on the Play Store.

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First signs of scrolling screenshots are hidden in Android 11

First signs of scrolling screenshots are hidden in Android 11

Last year, Google promised that scrolling screenshots were coming to Android R/11, and our friends at XDA Developers have spotted the first signs of the feature in the recent Developer Preview. It isn't enabled and doesn't work (yet), but the first signs of scrolling screenshots are there, hidden inside DP1.

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Scoped Storage in Android 11 will have exemptions for older APIs and 'core' apps like file managers

Scoped Storage in Android 11 will have exemptions for older APIs and 'core' apps like file managers

Google tried to implement Scoped Storage in Android 10, but developer backlash forced it to pull back. With Android 11, Scoped Storage is happening for real. Thankfully, Google has taken the criticisms to heart. Scoped Storage will have a few exceptions, one of which will allow apps with important storage-dependent functions to continue working.

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