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Motorola says Android 11 will hit 23 devices in the ‘next few months’

Motorola has detailed which phones will get the Android 11 update. While the list is long on 23 different devices, there can still be a long wait until any of them actually get the update. According to a Motorola blog post, the following Motorola, Moto and Lenovo devices will receive an update to Android 11 (note that only some of these phones are in Canada, we have marked them in red):Motorola's blog post too links to this online tool to check when your device will receive the update. While it's great to see Motorola commit to updates for so many devices, the speed at which these updates will arrive leaves a lot to be desired. As 9to5Google Notes, this announcement comes nearly four months after Android 11 was first available. ...
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Android 11 has been rolled out to devices faster than Android 10

Android 11 appears to have the fastest adoption rate yet for a major new software release, albeit just barely. The news comes as part of Google and Qualcomm announcing a longer update window for the latter company's chipsets. In short, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets will allow up to three major Android updates; You can learn more about that ad here. As part of that announcement, Google also shared that Android 11 took the title of fastest-deploying Android update from last year's Android 10 launch. However, the chart Google shared showing adoption also makes it clear that Android 11 adoption is barely more than Android 10. The Google chart shows 28 days active users (in millions) compared to the number of days since launch...
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Some Samsung phones on the Telus network will receive Android 11 on December 15

Telus' renewed update calendar for android phones on its network indicates that some Samsung flagship devices will get One UI 3.0 based on Android 11. The first three phones to receive the update are Samsung's flagships since early 2020. This means that the Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra will receive the new software first. Since this update is coming to phones on the Telus network initially, it is expected that Rogers and Bell will likely follow in the coming weeks. If you have a Note 20 device, you will likely receive the update in early 2021. It's worth mentioning that if you know someone with a Telus SIM card, you should be able to put it in your phone and start the download. This method doesn't work all the time, but it's w...
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Android 11 to limit third-party camera apps, Google citing location spying concern

Android 11 will usher in a change in the way apps access the camera. Google claims it's a way to protect user data, but it could hurt third-party camera developers. On August 17, the Android engineering team explained in a bug post that Android 11 would force apps to take photos or videos with a phone's built-in camera app, even if users set a third-party option as their default camera. At the time, the team said they believed it was the "right trade-off to protect the privacy and security of our users." Additionally, the team said that apps that use the camera should explicitly name all third-party camera apps they want to support. Google has now offered a reason for the change: to prevent bad actors from collecting location dat...
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Android 11 introduces a new keyboard-based auto-complete feature

Android added native password autocomplete settings to Android in 9.0 Pie, but Android 11 will improve it significantly. As seen by Android Police, a new Android Developer Resource has appeared with details about the new autocomplete feature. According to the resource, Android 11 will allow "keyboards and other input method editors (IMEs) [to] show autocomplete suggestions online, in a suggestion strip, or something similar. " Currently, the autocomplete function uses a drop-down menu that appears above the username and password input fields. Unfortunately, it can be quite a frustrating option as these drop-down menus can often block the input field or get in the way. The doc also notes that keyboards won't see your login informa...
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OnePlus teasers show Android 11 always-on display, dark mode, and new UI

Multiple OnePlus teaser images shared on Weibo (or filtered out) indicate some of the changes that come with the company's Android 11-based OxygenOS update. The teasers highlight three main things. The first is a "Major Change in User Interface". Unfortunately, it's not immediately clear what this means, but the attached image suggests that OnePlus could mimic Samsung's One UI. Specifically, some OnePlus apps might have a similar design that pushes content to the bottom half of the screen, making it easier to access.OxygenOS 11 looks good! With Always On Display, finally! S pic.twitter.com/khgTjrG61r - Alvin (@sondesix) August 7, 2020in a separate teaser posted on Twitter By the company's CEO, Pete Lau describes the design ...
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Android 11 Easter egg brings back the cat Easter egg from Android Nougat

If you have a Pixel phone and are running the latest Android 11 beta, you can play a little cat game to show off the new features of the OS update. This isn't the first time Google has created a cat minigame as an Easter egg within Android. In 2016, when Android Nougat fell, a game similar to this one was released, although the controls were slightly different. The Easter egg starts when you repeatedly tap the 'Android version' button within the 'About phone' Settings. From there, a large dial appears that looks like the Android 11 logo. You can turn it up and down like an old-school volume dial to make it work. Once you turn the volume up to 11, which takes a few tries, a cat emoji appears. Tap it and a new minigame will appear...
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Android 11 Beta 3 is coming, it will soon be compatible with Pixel 4a

Google started rolling out Android 11 Beta 3 with a surprise release on Thursday. This should be the last beta before the official launch of Android 11 later this summer, according to past rumors, probably on September 8. The search giant considers Beta 3 a "release candidate build," which means that Beta 3 is essentially what users will get when the official Android 11 update is released. For those who wanted to try the beta but stick with at bay for fear of bugs, beta 3 should be the most secure and stable version yet. That being said, expect some bugs and issues as it is still a beta version. Beta 3 is a 'release candidate' also means that almost everything in the beta is finalized and ready for release. For app developers, t...
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Here’s our first real look at OnePlus’ upcoming always-on display feature

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has shared what one of the company's 'Always On Screen' (AOD) designs looks like. OnePlus has been promising in a new Always-on screen since the end of March this year when it became one of the most requested features in its IDEAS program. It appears that the company will reveal the new display feature in full on August 10 when the Final version of its beta version of Android 11 drops. A teaser video of Weibo sHow OnePlus works with the Parsons School of Design in New York to develop fun new designs for always-on displays. The main design that stands out is called 'Time'.It is a long strip that runs through the center of your phone that represents 24 hours a day. The line even changes color to represent sunrise and sunsets throughout the day. The look of t...
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Google will remove album art from lock screen on Android 11

Android has long since shown the album art of music you played on the lock screen. However, with Android 11, Google will remove that feature. According to XDA Developers, Google confirmed in a Problem tracker thread Android 11 would stop showing art on the lock screen. Previously, it appeared that the missing album art was linked to a bug, as it only happened if users enabled face unlock. However, it seems that the change will soon be implemented in Android 11. Unfortunately, Google doesn't offer many reasons why it's making the change. I guess the move is related to the updated Android 11 media controls. If you haven't had a chance to play Android 11 yet, drop the old semi-permanent notification with music playback controls. I...
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OnePlus CEO teases always-on display feature coming with Android 11

OnePlus devices could soon get an always-on display feature — something they’ve lacked for years. In a tweet, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau teased that the feature would arrive with the upcoming Android 11 update. Lau dropped the not-so-subtle “11 ‘on display.'” tweet alongside an image of an analog clock. That clock will likely be one of the options for the new always-on display. The new feature isn’t to be confused with OnePlus’ current display offering, called ‘Ambient display.’ Ambient display activates when users pick up their phone or tap the screen, whereas always-on displays remain on at all times. 9to5Google suggests we may see the feature arrive with an open beta since OnePlus is currently testing its OxygenOS 11 release, includin...
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Android VP teases surprises to come in Android 11

Android VP Dave Burke teased that some surprises are coming with Android 11 that Google hasn’t revealed yet. On top of that, Burke shared the internal dessert name used for Android 11. For the surprises, Burke mentioned them on the All About Android podcast. Host Jason Howell asked Burke about a secret launch feature coming with the Android 11 stable launch. “Since parts of Android are updateable, it allows us to also offer things that don’t have to be baked into the beta. We are also working on a few things I’m quite excited about that will be appearing by the end of the summer, sort of 4-6 weeks,” Burke said on the podcast. Burke discusses Google’s Nearby Share feature, which the company is currently testing via the Play Services...