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.
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.
27/12/2019: 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.
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.
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.
Here are Android 11 features we want to see in 2020
- Scoped storage
- A Better Dark mode
- Nearby Sharing
- Extended Chat Bubble
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.
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.
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