Last year's Android 10 can be safely called one of the largest releases in the history of Android. In 2019, Google’s mobile operating system received a long-awaited dark theme, updated navigation gestures, dozens of privacy changes, and many other innovations. However, Android still lacks some useful features that are implemented in iOS and third-party Android shells.
The first test versions of Android 11 are likely to be released in the coming months. And there is no doubt that the new version of Android will have even more useful features for smartphones and tablets. But while their list remains a mystery. And therefore, the authors of the AndroidPolice portal decided to compile their list of the most anticipated changes that they would like to see in Android 11.
Screen recordingApple added a screen recording function back in iOS 11, which was released in 2017. But in the standard version of Android it is still not there. Yes, there are many third-party mobile screen recording applications, but they cannot access the internal sound of a smartphone or tablet due to API limitations.
It was expected that Google would add a screen recording feature in Android 10, especially after a switch was found in early beta versions of the firmware. But this function did not work, and in the final version of Android 10, the Internet giant completely removed all references to it.
However, some manufacturers have already added a screen recording feature to their user interfaces. So, it is in Xiaomi MIUI And Samsung OneUI. Moreover, Samsung has this feature implemented best, as it allows you to draw and take notes during the recording process.
Automatically turn on a dark themeA dark theme is one of the functions that is partially implemented in Android 10, but has not been brought to the ideal. In Android, there is still no automatic switch to dark mode. But Samsung has long added support for automatically activating a dark theme at sunset and switching back at dawn to OneUI. All other Android 10 users who want to see this feature on their smartphone will have to install a special third-party application.
Oddly enough, Google has been working on the dark theme of Android 10 for several months, but has never implemented a simple switch to automatically change themes depending on the time of day. It is as if someone created a car, but did not install wipers. It is hoped that Google will finally remember about this feature and add it to Android 11.
ShortcutsAndroid is traditionally considered a more universal operating system than iOS, but Apple took revenge by introducing the Team app in iOS 12. This feature allows you to create quick commands for actions that are performed daily in various applications. Such automation on Android has been offered by the Tasker application for many years, but, you see, it would be cool to see the implementation of quick commands from Google.
File managerFor years, Google has ignored the built-in file manager. But in 2017, the Internet giant created a completely new file manager for devices on Android Go, which was originally focused on fast file transfer and cleaning up storage. Since then, the service has undergone some changes, received many new features and is now called Google Files. It would be wise to make it the default application in Android 10, but instead, Google just implemented a small redesign of the existing file manager.
Surely many would really like Google Files and the standard Android file manager to merge into one system application. This would save users from having to install two file managers on their devices.
Choosing a default browserAfter the European Union fined Google $ 5 billion for violating antitrust laws, the Internet giant was forced to add the option of choosing a default search engine and browser on Android devices sold in Europe. It is unlikely that Google would have done this on their own, if not for the European authorities. But it would be nice if all Android users around the world could choose a browser and search.
Clipboard managerAndroid 10 blocks apps accessing data from the clipboard in the background. From a security point of view, this, of course, is excellent, but those who use clipboard managers are unlikely to appreciate this innovation.
It must be said that this is not the first time Google has removed services and functions without providing an adequate replacement. Therefore, users will be pleasantly surprised if a fully-functional clipboard manager appears in Android 11 as part of the base OS. Regardless of whether this happens or not, the company should still solve this problem so that third-party applications can access the clipboard.
Improved support for large screensGoogle began to pay much attention to tablets with the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but subsequently the Internet giant began to remove specific components from the OS. The last nail in the Android coffin for tablets was driven by version 4.2 of Jelly Bean, which removed the tablet docking panel, similar to the taskbar, replacing it with the same interface as smartphones.
Support for large screens in most built-in Android applications leaves much to be desired, which harms not only tablets but also Chromebooks. And I would like for Android 11 to add orientation to large screens with wide proportions. The user interface of the Google Play Store for tablets now looks a little better than a year ago, which means that the company still remembers the owners of the "tablets".
Optimized chargingLi-ion batteries in our smartphones have a limited life. A multiple charge of up to 100% and periodic leaving the smartphone on charge at night wears out the battery faster than charging up to 80%. Therefore, Apple added in iOS 13 a new optimized charging function that charges the smartphone up to 80% in certain situations, taking into account your standard usage scenarios. Some manufacturers, including OnePlus, have implemented a similar feature on their smartphones. But Google must add it to all devices with Android 11.
AirdropFor several years, users of iOS devices have been able to use the AirDrop function, which allows them to transfer photos, contacts, links to websites and other data to another device in the immediate vicinity. The Android Beam service offered a similar opportunity to owners of Android devices, but it used an extremely slow Bluetooth connection for data transfer and required physical contact between devices. And therefore, it was actually abandoned in Android 10.
During the beta test of Android 10, it turned out that Google is developing a similar AirDrop feature called Fast Share, which will allow you to transfer files via a direct Wi-Fi connection. However, while this feature is still under development, it would be great if Google finished work on it this year and included it in Android 11.
Scrolling ScreenshotsThis is another feature that has long been available to users of various branded shells, including OxygenOS and Samsung UI, but still missing from the base version of Android. With its help, you can take one long scroll-screenshot, without having to glue several images. And Google is rumored to be planning on adding the long-awaited scrolling screenshot feature in Android 11.
No major interface changes
The Android Police editor calls on Google to stop changing what doesn't need to be changed, just to show that this is an innovation. And other portal authors agree with her.
Despite the fact that every year Google improves the components of its operating system, numerous changes tire ordinary users. Every time they use a device with a different version of Android, they have to remember the location of the settings and how notifications and some regular applications work. I would like to be able to update my device at least this time, but at the same time, the Settings application’s interface would remain unchanged. After all, some people still do not know where the settings for Google Assistant are.Based on Android Police .