8 Best Features of Android 11 Beta Up Till Nowby Bobby Clarke Developer
Android 11 Beta is out for the developers, and many developers are testing it on their smartphones. According to the frequent developers and users of Android 11, there are many new improvements and additions in the new software. Google’s Android development team has done an amazing job in creating Android 11. Here are the top 8 best features of Android 11 so far.
A Refined Power Menu
When you press and hold the power key on your Android phone, you see a menu and several options such as reboot, shutdown, emergency, and more. This menu has been improved a lot in Android 11 beta. Besides the main options such as Power off, reboot, and emergency, you will see quick smart home control options. So if your device has Android 11, you can hold down the power key to see and access the smart home features. These options are linked to your Google Home application. This means your Google Home should be settled up in advance to use these shortcut controls.
The power options will also include Google Pay cards as this option was added in the recent Android 10 update. So overall, the power menu will be full of surprises for the new users.
Improved Theming Options
Android 10 has already introduced many new theming options, such as changing icon shapes, colors, and more. On Android 11, you will be able to access even more opportunities like this for customizing the user interface of your device as per your wish. In the forthcoming months, when the official version of Android 11 will roll out, you will be happy to see so many theming features.
To change the theme of your Android device on Android 11, all you have to do is navigate to Settings > Display > Styles and Wallpapers.
Chats Get Exceptional Upgrade
The forthcoming operating system from Google has done some impressive job with handling the messages. Whenever you receive a message from any source, be it Android Messages, Google Hangout, and other text-based conversations that will appear in a dedicated drawer in the notification bar.
This will make it easier to read your messages, and these message notifications will be on a higher priority. The chats from various apps can be pinned in the form of a bubble on the screen, just like your Facebook Messenger chats appear on the screen as a bubble.
To change the preferences for these messages notifications on Android 11, you have to follow these steps:
- Navigate to the Settings
- Then head to Apps and notifications
- Press on Notifications.
- Now you can change the settings of your conversations from here.
In short, the notification on Android 11 has received a new buff to allow you to see and react to your conversations easily.
Option to Prioritize Your Chats
You can prioritize a chat on Android 11 by long-tapping on the notification of a conversation and then selecting Priority. Once you do that, the chat would show up on the top of the notification bar. Keep in mind that you will see messages from the prioritized person even when Do Not Disturb mode is enabled. So you can enable this option for the folks that are most important for you.
Put Most Used Apps on Home Screen
On most Android devices, you can already see the frequently used apps on the top of the apps menu, but in Android 11, you can see these most-used apps even on the Home screen. This will speed up your user experience, and you will be able to access the main applications without any delay.
However, this feature is not enabled by itself, so you have to turn it on according to your desire. To enable this, follow the instructions mentioned here:
- Make sure you are on the home screen of your device.
- Then, tap and hold on the blank portion of the home screen.
- Release the finger when you see the options.
- Choose the Home Settings option.
- Then go to Suggestions on Home Screen.
- Make sure to enable it.
Now the frequently used apps would appear on the home screen under the main dock apps.
A Media Player Inside Quick Settings
You will be able to move the media player of your choice into the Quick Settings panel. The quick Settings panel is a menu that appears when you swipe downwards on your screen. You will be able to add a media player to your Quick Settings panel along with the basic settings.
You need to enable this feature on Android 11 by following the instructions mentioned down here:
- Go to Settings.
- Then navigate to About Phone.
- After that, click on Build Number repeatedly multiple times unless you see a message, “You are a developer now.”
- Once that done, go to the main Settings.
- Choose Developer Options.
- Then go to the Media resumption option.
- Make sure to enable it.
Now close the Settings and play any song that you wish to listen to using your favorite music app. While playing songs, swipe downwards on the screen to drag the notification bar. Tap and hold the media player and then drag and drop it to the Quick Settings panel.
Improved Screenshot Abilities
You can take a scrolling screenshot in Android 11 officially. However, it would be a hidden function and need to be unlocked in order to use it. Users would be able to capture whole extended screenshots using the standard screenshot keys. For example, you will be able to capture a whole webpage with a screenshot on Android 11.
Default Screen Recorder
Your Android phone is finally getting a built-in screen recording feature, so you would not need to download a third-party screen recorder. Even Android 10 introduced the screen recorder, but in the developer options, not the official one.
Gladly on Android 11, the screen recorder is officially there, and you can use it without any annoying actions like unlocking it from developer options. Instead, it would be available straight in the Quick Settings pane, and you can access it by swiping downwards on the screen and then tapping on its icon.
However, you first need to set up the Screen Recorder so that it can appear in the Quick Settings. What you actually have to do is create a shortcut for it in Quick Settings.
- All you need to do is open the Quick Settings by swiping downwards on your phone’s display.
- Then tap the pen-like button.
- This will allow you to edit the Quick Settings shortcut icons.
- Now drag the Screen Record option to the main panel.
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