Undoubtedly, Android 11 is next in-line after the Android 10 update. However, this update doesn't come with any candy name just like other operating systems and thus, some devices still runs under Android 9 pie.

While Android 10 doesn't have much users, Google is on the verge of launching a whole new Android update known as Android 11. Hence, this update comes with tons of features compared to the current Android version.

Of course, we experienced dark mode and other features in the Android 10 update, but the Android 11 comes with some adjustments and also adds more features. If you've been wondering what this features look like, take a sit back as we share with you 10 new features of Android 11.

1.) Battery Share (Hidden Feature):

The Android 11 came with a particularly interesting, albeit hidden, option known as ‘Battery Share’, this feature can be seen in the phone settings. According to the description of the feature, it appears to be something along the lines of reverse wireless charging. The feature pops up when searching for ‘Battery’ in the Settings app on Android 11.

Since none of the Pixel phones so far have the hardware required for wireless power share, this may very well be a feature Google is planning to bring with the Pixel 5 which had its first render leak a few days back.

2.) Native Screen Recorder:

This is another interesting feature that was first noticed last year with Android Q only to later be removed before the stable release of Android 10. However, screen recorder is back this time, with an improved UI.

In Android 11, you can access the built-in screen recorder functionality from the Quick Settings panel. Tapping on this starts a 3 second timer before the screen starts being recorded. There’s also a handy notification to stop, pause, or cancel the screen record.

As of now, there are no settings to dig into for changing the resolution, recording internal audio, or setting an orientation for the screen recordings, but hopefully we will get to see those features added in future updates.

3.) Chat Bubbles:

Just like the native screen recorder, chat bubbles first appeared with the Android Q beta versions, but Google removed them in the stable release for Android 10. With Android R’s first dev beta, they have made a reappearance with the same concept.

Basically, with chat bubbles, messaging apps can show conversations in floating bubbles, just as Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads feature that a lot of people like to use.

Theoretically, chat bubbles can be used by any messaging app, but as of right now, only the Google Messages and Gmail apps are using the feature.

You can open a chat bubble for a conversation by simply long-pressing on a message notification and tapping on ‘Show in chat bubble’. You can then reply to conversations in a floating window similar to Messenger’s implementation, and it even has support for Smart Reply.

4.) Gesture Settings (Hidden Feature):

This is another hidden Android 11 feature that was first spotted by 9to5Google, Gesture Settings seems to be a work in progress, but it seems to be aimed at solving the issue of swiping to open the hamburger menu inside apps.

Under Gesture Settings, users will be able to adjust the back sensitivity for both the left and right edge individually, so you can theoretically reduce the sensitivity for the left side, making it easier to open app drawers with a swipe. Hopefully this feature will get more fleshed out in the coming developer previews.

5.) Pin Apps In The Share Menu:

This feature was also part of the Android 10 betas as well, only for Google to dish it out later. With Android 11’s first developer preview, you can once again pin apps to the top in the share sheet. This simply means that most used apps will stay on top and not get replaced by random apps just because you used them once.

6.) Scheduled Dark Mode:

Last year, Google finally brought a native, system-wide dark mode to Android 10, and this year, it seems the company is simply improving the feature, specifically by adding the option to schedule dark mode to turn on and off automatically.

This schedule can either work based on sunset and sunrise times in your region, or, if you prefer, you can set a custom time for dark mode to be enabled.

7.) Improved Do Not Disturb:

Android 11 also brings improvements to Do Not Disturb, mostly, it gives better support for managing DND exceptions which is something I am pretty thrilled about. As you probably know, with Android 10, the DND menu already featured exceptions, but now there are better, more organised categories like People, Apps, and Alerts.

So you can set do not disturb exceptions for particular callers, specific apps, or just allow alarms and reminders to ring regardless of the DND status on your phone.

8.) Turning On Airplane Mode No Longer Disconnects Bluetooth:

One of the biggest complaints a lot of people have with Android, is the fact that turning on Airplane mode turns off Bluetooth as well. Fortunately, with Android 11 that’s no longer the case. So the next time you board your flight with your headphones on, you can enable Airplane mode without having to turn Bluetooth on again and waiting for your headphones to reconnect.

9.) Improved Permissions:

Google has been making Android more secure with each update. Last year, with Android 10, the company overhauled how location permissions are granted to apps, and gave us slightly more granular control over an app’s access to our location data.

With Android 11, Google has made location permissions even more strict, and added granular control over more permissions such as camera and microphone.

In Android R, if an app asks for location access, you get a new ‘Only this time’ option that will give the app access to your location for just that one time. There’s also no ‘Always allow’ option now, which means apps that need access to location all the time will have to get approval from Google.

Also, you can now allow an app a single-time access pass of sorts to your camera and microphone to ensure it doesn’t try to access either of those things without your knowledge. That’s definitely a relief, especially with the rise of spyware in recent times.

10.) Copy-paste In Notification Shade:

If you’re one of the many people that often find themselves replying to messages straight from the notification shade, Android 11 brings another interesting feature to the mix for you. The notification panel now supports copy-paste support, so you can copy an image from, Google Chrome for instance, and paste it into the reply section of a notification to send it across. This means that you may no longer need to open the messaging app just because you wanted to attach a picture to your reply.


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