The rumor mill of Android 11 is already running
The Android update for 2020 is simply going to be Android 11. That is not a rumor or speculate since Google has already confirmed that name. With this Google follows its numerical system that it started with Android 10.
That means that we will no longer see sweets in the (near) future. While Android 9 was still Android Pie, Android 10 is just Android 10. The name may be slightly duller, but we expect that the updates and new features are still as interesting as before.
Android 11, the next operating system from Google, will be revealed in mid-2020. We are pretty sure Google will reveal the first details at its Google IO developer conference. This will take place this year from 12 May to 14 May. We then expect Android 11 to be rolled out around September on the (new) Pixel smartphones, and then from the end of 2020 until well into 2021 for other Android devices.
Mid 2021 is still far away, but we have already heard the first rumors and news about the new Android version. We all collect it here and supplement it with our personal wishes.
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What is it? The latest Android operating system
When is it out When does it appear? Probably in September 2020, the first on the Pixel smartphones
How much is it? Android 11 will be completely free
Android 11 Launch Date
Google is in the habit of unveiling some of the features of its latest operating system on Google ID in May before the Pixel smartphone operating system is released in September. This year it made its debut on the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
Afterward, various smartphone brands will update their smartphones over time. The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro were the first non-Google smartphones to come out with Android 10 this year. We are curious if they can do the same for Android 11 this year.
Not all smartphone manufacturers upgrade immediately. It will probably take a few months (until around mid-2021) for all compatible smartphones to receive the update.
Android 11 Functions
There is only one Android 11 feature that we know so far. Moreover, it has been confirmed and is therefore not a rumor.
This feature is called ‘Scoped Storage’ and was initially intended for Android 10, but Google has postponed this due to complaints from Android developers.
Scoped Storage is a new way to organize what information and files your apps can read. It ensures that your memory can read things faster, improves your safety and prevents you from having to give each new app permission.
That is at the same time the only Android 11 feature that we know of. Since Android 10 is not yet available on most smartphones, it will also take a while before we hear more.
We expect the first official news during Google IO 2020 from 12 May to 14 May.
What we want to see in Android 11
There is not much official information yet, but we have already created a wish list with some novelties that we would like to see in Android 11.
- A new way to share files
With the introduction of Android 10, there was also a farewell to Android Beam. That function ensured that you could transfer files between two smartphones via NFC. You just had to hold the smartphones together to share files, but that feature is now gone.
Android Beam was not the most popular feature, but an alternative would be welcome. Sharing files by holding smartphones together remains simple. Apple has Airdrop as an alternative to transferring files quickly and we hope that Google will develop an equivalent for Android.
- Improved dark mode
The dark mode has at least as many supporters as opponents. No matter how you turn it around, there are a huge number of people who appreciate it, but in Android 10 it, unfortunately, has some problems.
First, not many apps have their own dark mode, not even all Google apps, so if you use your smartphone with dark mode on, you can often jump directly from dark apps to light apps and vice versa.
Secondly, the dark mode of some apps does not work optimally. For example, text sometimes does not change color, making it unreadable. This happens for example in Google Search, where you can no longer read the search suggestions.
To make dark mode really useful on Android smartphones, it must also be supported by most apps.
- More extensive chat bubbles
One of the new features of Android 10 was the introduction of chat ‘bubbles’, similar to Facebook Messenger. They are displayed over the other apps and you can see all your conversations in an easily accessible format.
Again, not all apps are compatible. At the moment, only the general Messages app and Google Hangouts are compatible with these bubbles. So if you have conversations in many different apps, you will still have to switch a lot between these apps.
It would be really useful if more apps were to become compatible. We immediately think of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram. Then it would be incredibly easy to keep track of all conversations in different apps.