The latest major update of Android is now officially available. Android 11 integrates relatively few major new features and focuses mainly o...
The latest major update of Android is now officially available. Android 11 integrates relatively few major new features and focuses mainly on improving existing functions. Here's everything you need to know to get off to a good start with Android 11.
After several months of beta testing, Android 11 is officially available on a handful of already compatible smartphones, including of course Google's Pixel smartphones.
Although major, this update of Android offers relatively few new features and focuses mainly on improving existing functions. After testing Android 11, here's a little tour of the tips and hidden features to master in order to take full advantage of the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.
1. Enable or disable bubbles for all conversations
Inaugurated with Facebook Messenger, speech bubbles can now be used with all your messaging applications. Enabled by default for all applications, it is possible to disable this feature completely by going to Android Settings. Then go to Applications and Notifications, go to the Notifications menu, and enter Bubbles. You will then be able to deactivate the function.
You can also choose to manage the use of speech bubbles on a case-by-case basis for the different messaging applications installed on your device. To do this, still in the Android Settings, in the Applications and notifications menu, enter the detailed information of an application, and then access the Notifications section. Then press Bubbles and set your speech bubble preferences. You can choose to enable speech bubbles for all conversations, or only for specific conversations.
2. Control multimedia playback from the Quick settings panel.
Android 11 inaugurates a multimedia control module that integrates directly into the notification centre. Able to manage playback in progress, this widget is also able to recognize the latest multimedia applications in use so that you can control them all from the same place.
To switch from one application control module to another, simply scroll the displayed player to the right or left to go to the next.
3. Save your smartphone's screen
You can now make a video recording of the screen of your Android smartphone without the need for a third party application. This new feature is built into Android 11 and is activated from the notifications panel within the Quick Settings panel.
Press the pencil icon to change the icon layout. Then locate the Save icon on the screen and drag it to the top pane to add it to the Android Quick Settings.
Then simply press the icon and then press the Start button to start recording a screencast to your smartphone. You can also choose whether or not to include the audio content, as well as the touch points on the screen.
4. Check your connected objects from the ignition menu
Connected objects in your home can now be managed without having to open the Google Home application.Pressing the unlock button on your smartphone for a few seconds should bring up the classic restart page for your phone.
But you'll also enjoy quick access to the connected objects stored in Google Home and be able to control each item from this screen.
5. Take a screenshot and select text from the multitasking feature.
This feature may seem anecdotal to many users, but it is now possible to take a screenshot, or select the text displayed in an application from the Android multitasking menu, where a Screenshotbutton and a Select button have appeared.
6. Use wireless debugging
In principle reserved for developers, Android's debugging function is often used by hackers to access certain advanced functions. If until now it was necessary to connect the device via USB to a PC, it is now possible to use wireless debugging.
To activate it, go to Settings, then to System, deploy Advanced Settings. Then go to Developer Options (which you will have previously activated by tapping the Android build number 7 times from the About the phone section), and scroll down to the Debug section.
There you should find, in addition to USB Debugging, a Wireless Debugging option that will require you to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network on your smartphone and computer.
7. Change the shape of the icons
With Android 11, lovers of personalization will be served. Google's mobile OS now offers more options for changing the look of Android, including the shape of the icons.
To change them, open the Settings, go to the Screen section, and enter the Style and Wallpapersmenu. You'll be able to choose from 4 predefined styles, and you'll even be able to create your own custom styles.
8. Display suggested applications on the Home screen.
If you frequently use the same applications, you can let Android display a bar with suggested applications based on your usage patterns.
To do this, press and hold down on the home page of your smartphone and enter the Home Settings. Then enter the Suggestions section and activate the Suggestions function on the home screen.
Then validate by selecting Activate suggestions. A new row of suggested application icons should appear at the bottom of the screen.
9. Give unique permissions to the applications
As Apple previously did on iOS, Google offers Android 11 users the possibility of giving temporary permissions to the applications they use.
For example, you can choose to allow an application to use the "Only this time" location when you use it. Once closed, the permission given disappears and the application will have to ask you again for your permission to access it.
10. Use the notification history
Android 11 makes sure you never miss a notification again. Google's new mobile OS includes a notification history, which must be manually activated to take advantage of it.
Open Settings, go to the Applications & Notifications menu and go to the Notifications section. Then enter Notification History and activate the function. All notifications from your device will be logged there.
You can then quickly access it by opening the Notifications pane and then pressing History at the bottom of the list of received notifications.
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If you're a gestures-only navigation enthusiast and can't always get to what you want because of the screen protection installed on your smartphone, you can now adjust the touch sensitivity of the navigation gestures.
To do this, open Settings, go to the System menu, and finally go to the Gestures section.
Then enter System Navigationand access the Gestures Navigation settings by pressing the cogwheel icon.
You can then customise the sensitivity of the backspace gesture for each edge of the device.