The forced delay in the beta version of Android 11, which Google postponed for a month, frankly, went almost unnoticed. Immediately after its launch, manufacturers hastened to announce plans to join the program one by one, Google undertook to launch new mechanisms to improve the experience of using applications and games, and testers, as it should be, began to disseminate information about the changes. But if we already knew about the most significant innovations, then small ones, but no less valuable, somehow passed us by.
Voice control on Android
Despite the fact that Google Assistant has long been built into Android, it has always been too smart to control the OS and applications. That is, you could ask him to start the camera or settings without being able to interact with their interface elements. But if ordinary users are not particularly interested, then users with disorders of the musculoskeletal system clearly did not have such an opportunity. Fortunately, Google finally understood this.
Android 11 introduced the Voice Access function with advanced functionality, which is part of Universal Access and allows you to control your smartphone only with voice, without touching it. Google managed to implement voice control in such a way that everything happens absolutely seamlessly. Voice Access recognizes the interface elements on the screen and allows you to interact with them by pronouncing their names and thereby reducing the time it takes to execute commands.
Android notification history
I don’t know how it is with you, but I constantly have such a problem when I accidentally close a notification, and then for a long time I look for where it came from and what was in it. But if I don’t care about alerts about applications, then skipping a message in the messenger (and I have several) is extremely unpleasant. After all, these may be working notifications, which, as you know, are extremely undesirable to miss. But in Android 11, this problem will be solved thanks to the history of incoming notifications.
Google decided to add a special section to the system where all incoming notifications will be saved, regardless of where they came from. As a result, you can simply open this section and view everything that you missed or accidentally closed. There you can even read deleted messages, so you can see what you wanted to write, but then changed your mind and erased the message. In general, it’s terribly convenient, and only for the sake of history I would be updated.
Switch music to Android
Until a certain point in Android, a system for interacting with external accessories was completely disgusting. That is, if you listened to music through headphones, and then you wanted to redirect it to a connected speaker, then you could not do it just like that. Before that, it was necessary to break the connection with the headphones or completely disconnect them, and only then switch the playback. In Android 11, this has become easier.
Now a special window will appear in the OS, which can be called up from the desktop with a swipe from the bottom up, all connected devices and a playback control widget will be available. There you can immediately select the device to which the audio signal will be broadcast, as well as adjust the playback as you like. This is very convenient, considering that today many users keep several electronic devices connected at once.
Smart Home on Android
Despite the fact that Android users had access to the Google Home application for managing a smart home, in Android 11, Google developers decided to slightly change the approach to interacting with it. To do this, they moved all the controls to a separate menu, which is called up by double-clicking on the power button. By the way, this is the very menu where Google has already dumped a hot swap of cards on Google Pay.
Why the company did so is unclear. But, nevertheless, the ability to quickly turn on and off the necessary devices, adjust the lighting, view the recording from CCTV cameras and much more. True, it is not yet known whether Google will abandon the Google Home application in favor of the system menu or allow them to coexist together, which is actually not very logical. But, knowing how Google loves to duplicate its services, this is quite possible to admit.
Recover Deleted Files on Android
In Android, it has always been quite difficult to work with multimedia files. It just so happened that if you deleted a file, then it was deleted forever if it was not previously saved to the cloud. This caused users a lot of inconvenience, given that many never contacted the clouds at all, preferring to keep everything their own. In Android 11, it will be a little easier for them.
Google decided to implement a basket for Android, where all deleted files will go. There they will be stored for 7 days to give the user the opportunity to restore them. If no one has applied for recovery, files from the recycle bin will be systematically deleted automatically, but this time forever. This is an extremely simple but convenient solution that I personally lacked all these years.