February 19, 2020 1:54 PM
Android 11

Android 11: Expected Release Date & Features

Android 11 may feature “Scoped Storage” for faster app processing, better security and improved app permission requests

After Android 9 Pie launch, Google made an announcement that they will follow a numerical order for their future OS versions. So after 2019’s Android 10, we are here to give you an insight on the upcoming Android 11. Yes, it is a bit far fetched since Android 10 has just started rolling out to every device, but we can stay assured that we will see a new Android OS launch in the mid-2020s. Soon after Google unveils the key feature updates in this launch in the mid-2020s, the company will start working to bring the new OS version to the pixel devices by Q3 of 2020. And after Android 11 is up and running on pixel devices, it will be distributed for any manufacturer to use and provide software updates to all the other latest smartphones.

Latest News

24/01/2020: Recently on the Geekbench benchmark platform, Google Pixel 4 device has been spotted with Android R Operating System which is the code name of Android 11 until the introduction of the final build. This suggests the developer preview build release of the upcoming OS could be around the corner.

Upcoming OS spotted on Geekbench with Pixel 427/12/2019: Current Android OS allows users to record a single video upto 4GB in Size. This limit was introduced in 2014 with the Android 5. The limitation was mainly because of the writing speed of the storage module. Now, it seems the 4GB file size limit will increase as most of the phones use UFS 2.1/ 3.0 that offer faster read/write speeds. However, as of now, we don’t know about the maximum size limit. As per Xda Developers report, the upcoming Android 11 will allow a user to record a single video over 4GB in size.

Android 11 Video Settings

When will Android 11 be released?

  • The Android 11 expected to be announced on May 12, 2020, and the final release may begin to roll out from September 2020 to Pixel phones.

Google I/O 2020 is set to take place between May 12 and May 14 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Google pulls the curtains on the new Android features at Google I/O. They later put the features together and roll them out with their new pixels device by September. The pixel devices are always the first ones to come with the official Android updates, following which other brands start rolling out Android for their devices. Last year it was Oneplus to follow google, this year anyone else might take that crown.

Developer Preview

Recently, Google accidentally published the developer preview page for upcoming Android 11. However, Google was quick to take down the page but its screenshot was already captured by AndroidPolice. The page reveals that the latest OS will provide extended support for foldable devices and stronger protection for user privacy. It is expected that Google will start rolling out first developer preview for its next version of Android from March 2020.

developer preview

Here are Android 11 features we want to see in 2020

  • Scoped storage
  • A Better Dark mode
  • Nearby Sharing
  • Extended Chat Bubble
  • Share-to-Print

Scoped storage

As of now, there is only one key feature we can say about affirmatively, that is scoped storage. It was meant to be a feature for Android 10, but due to the issues faced by Android developers, it has now been postponed for the next Android. What scoped does is that restricts access to a user’s files and information to any app, which results in faster app processing, better security and improved app permission requests.

There is a long way for some other confirmed features on Android 11, as most flagship devices on the market have not yet even received the latest Android 10 updates. As soon as we have all devices running on Android 10, we will have more news about confirmed features of the next OS version.

A better dark mode

A lot of popular apps now are optimized for Android’s all-new dark mode, like youtube, Instagram and so on. But there are still some cases where texts become invisible as soon as turn on dark mode. Talking about Gapps, we have google search recommendations going completely invisible in all the black as this mode was not fully optimized for it. Yes on some apps it looks really good and gives the OS a cleaner look but if the app cannot function properly in dark mode, then the new visible change doesn’t make the user experience better.

Dark mode android
Dark Mode/ Android 10

Nearby Sharing

There was a time when you can just tap two phones together and files are delivered over to the other device instantaneously through Android Beam, which used NFC to do it. But with Android 10’s launch, we no longer have this feature anymore. Now you need to go through a bunch of steps to share a file with someone close via Wifi, that too through another 3rd party app. So the users are hoping that Google will come up with something to make file sharing among Android devices faster and easier like before. As per XDA Developers report, Google is working on AirDrop rival which will be dubbed Nearby Sharing to replace Android Beam.

nfc file transfer
Image Credit: Xda-developers

Extended Chat bubble

Facebook messenger’s bubble feature that keeps a conversation floating overlay of all the apps makes conversations faster and easier to do so while using other apps too. This handy feature is also now available in Google’s new message app and Hangouts app. We don’t see Whatsapp, Instagram and other such messaging compatible apps with this new feature. So it would be appreciated if this bubble chat feature becomes compatible with these other messaging apps too, where most of our conversations happen.


Android 11 may include “Share-to-Print” feature to enable a universal “Print” option to the Android share sheet. Now when you click on the share button to send an image or PDF you will see the “Print” option. If you click on that option you will see the printing menu where you can choose your desired printer. This feature will also let you convert and/or resize your file as required for the printers automatically.

List of Phones Expected to Receive Android 11 Update

  • Pixel 4/ 4 XL

  • Pixel 3/ 3 XL

  • Pixel 3a/ 3a XL

  • Pixel 2/2 XL

  • Redmi K20/ K20 Pro

  • Mi 9T/ 9T Pro

  • Redmi Note 7/ 7s/ 7 Pro

  • Redmi Note 8/ 8 Pro

  • Mi Mix 2/ Mix 3

  • Redmi 7A/ 8A

  • Mi Max 2/ 3

  • Mi 9 Pro/ 8 Pro

  • Redmi 7/ 8

  • Mi Mix Alpha

  • Redmi Y3/ Y2

  • Huawei P30/ P30 Pro/ P30 Lite

  • Huawei Miamang 7

  • Huawei P30/P30 Pro

  • Huawei Mate 20/ Mate 20 Pro/ Mate 20X/ Mate 20 RS Porsche Edition

  • Huawei Mate 10/ Mate 10 Pro/ Mate 10 Lite

  • Huawei Enjoy 9S

  • Huawei Miamang 8

  • Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus

  • Huawei Mate 20/ Mate 20 Pro/ Mate 20X/ Mate 20 RS Porsche Edition

  • Huawei P20/ P20 Pro

  • Huawei P Smart 2019

  • Honor 9X/ 9X Pro

  • Honor V20/ View 20

  • Honor 20/ 20 Pro

  • Honor 10 Youth Edition

  • Honor Magic 2

  • Honor 20i

  • Honor Nova 5 Pro

  • Honor Nova 4

  • Honor Nova 4e

  • Honor 10/ V10

  • Honor 8X

  • Huawei Y9 Prime 2019

  • OnePlus 5/ 5T

  • OnePlus 6/ 6T

  • OnePlus 7/ 7 Pro

  • OnePlus 7T/ OnePlus 7T Pro

  • Realme 3/ 3 Pro

  • Realme 5/ 5 Pro

  • Realme X

  • Realme X2 Pro

  • Realme XT

  • Realme 3i

  • Realme 2 Pro

  • Oppo Reno

  • Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

  • Oppo Find X

  • Oppo Reno 2

  • Oppo Reno 2F

  • Oppo Reno 2Z

  • Oppo RX17 Pro

  • Oppo R17 Pro

  • Vivo Nex S/ Nex A

  • Vivo X27

  • Vivo V15/ V15 Pro

  • Vivo iQOO

  • Vivo NEX Dual Display

  • Nokia 8.1

  • Nokia 9 PureView

  • Nokia 7.1

  • Nokia 7 Plus

  • Nokia 6.1/ 6.1 Plus

  • Nokia 2.2

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco

  • Nokia 5.1 Plus

  • Nokia 1 Plus

  • Nokia 5.1

  • Nokia 3.1

  • Nokia 2.1

  • Nokia 1

  • Nokia 4.2

  • Nokia 3.2

  • Nokia 3.1

  • Asus ZenFone 6/ Asus 6Z

  • Asus ZenFone 5/ 5Z

  • Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M1/M2)

  • Asus ZenFone Max (M1/M2)

  • Asus ROG Phone

  • Asus ROG Phone 2

  • Sony Xperia XZ3

  • Sony Xperia 1

  • Sony Xperia 10/ 10 Plus

  • Sony Xperia XZ2/ XZ2 Compact/ XZ2 Premium

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10/ 10+/ 10+ 5G

  • Samsung Galaxy S10/ S10 Plus/ S10e/ S10 5G

  • Samsung Galaxy A10/ A10s/ A10e

  • Samsung Galaxy J6 and J6+

  • Samsung Galaxy J8

  • Samsung Galaxy On6

  • Samsung Galaxy M20

  • Samsung Galaxy A50/ A50s

  • Samsung Galaxy A30/ A30s

  • Samsung Galaxy A90/ A90 5G

  • Samsung Galaxy M10/M10s

  • Samsung Galaxy S9/ S9+

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 2018

  • Samsung Galaxy A8s/ A8 Star

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2018

  • Samsung Galaxy A6/ A6 Plus/ A6s

  • Moto Z3/ Z3 Play

  • Motorola One Vision

  • Motorola One Action

  • Motorola One Action

  • Moto One

  • Moto One Power

  • Moto G7/ G7 Plus

  • Moto G7

  • Moto G7 Play

  • Essential Phone (PH-1)

  • LG G8 ThinQ

  • LG V50 ThinQ

  • LG V40 ThinQ

  • LG Q60

  • LG K50

  • LG K40

  • LG V35 ThinQ

  • LG V30S ThinQ

  • LG G7 ThinQ

  • LG G7 One

About Sagar Choudhury

He is a journalist at DealNTech. He writes on general Android related tech news. He contributes in other categories too. He was working for many other publications. Now a proud member of DealNTech team. He is also a good programmer and web designer. Email: sagar@dealntech.com


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