After months of several beta updates, Android 11 is finally out. Google today publicly released the latest and greatest version of its OS. In a blog post, the company said that the latest version is coming not only to Pixel devices but to a whole host of smartphones, including some of the newer models from OnePlus, Xiaomi and Realme.
As expected, the final version of Android 11 is now available to download on the Pixel 2, 3, 3A, 4, and 4A. OnePlus has also confirmed that the Oneplus8 and 8 Pro will be getting Android 11 today in North America, Europe, and India. The update is also rolling out to the Oppo X2, Reno 3, Realme X50 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro.
Google promises to expect “more partners launching and upgrading devices over the coming months,”
Android 11 brings a number of thoughtful tweaks and changes that make the overall smartphone experience more exciting. One of the biggest new changes is the grouping of notifications from messaging apps into a handy ‘Conversations’ section in the drop-down notification shade. There’s also the new ‘Chat Bubbles’ feature that first appeared with Android Q beta but were removed with the stable release of Android 10.
Other new features include new media controls, a new screenshot UI, built-in screen recording, smart home control features and more granular control over privacy and security.
There are still a couple of features that are exclusive to Google’s Pixel devices, including a new AR-location sharing feature meant to make it easier to meet up with friends, a built-in version of Google’s Smart Reply functionality into Gboard in more chat applications, and intelligently named folders.
For more on the updates rolling out with Android 11, you can check out Google’s blog post here.