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While there’s been no “official” date set for the release of Android 11, there have been plenty of indications so far of its features in its ongoing beta tests. We decided to look forward into the near future to see how some of these features could help us to be productive.
Within Android 11, the Home screen will have a few more options added onto its capabilities—namely, suggested applications appearing at the bottom. Based on your activity, these suggested applications will change throughout the day.
Of course, this feature can be turned off. Long pressing the Home screen and navigating from there to the Home settings allows you to turn off these Suggestions.
Instead of having unimportant notifications bury your crucial ones, Android 11 allows users to categorize them into tiers. As a result, their critical messages can remain at the top of the list. Priority notifications come in at the top, as you would expect, with regular alerts coming in afterwards and silent notifications after that. If you no longer want notifications, you can deactivate them as well.
Different messaging apps can even have different conversations prioritized, so that certain conversations will generate specialized icons to alert you.
Android 11’s power button menu features a lot more than previous iterations have. In addition to the Lock, Restart, and Power off options, Android 11’s options will include the ability to use Google Pay on demand, edit the settings on your smart home devices, and check any camera feeds you’ve connected. This menu can even be customized through your Settings > System > Gestures > Power menu.
Screenshots are highly useful things in business for a variety of reasons. Android 11 will make it much simpler to take and edit these on your mobile device. Furthermore, Android will come with a screen recording capability that can be accessed through your Quick Settings, with some tweaking.
To activate this feature, you must edit your Quick Settings. To do so, drag down on the notification shade and select the edit button in the bottom corner—it looks like a small pencil. At the bottom of those options, you’ll see the Screen Recorder option. Long-press and drag it into the Quick Settings panel and you’re all set.
Are you looking forward to the release of Android 11? If you’re reading this after it was released, what do you think? Share your impressions with us in the comments!
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.