Google surprised the phone world with a drop out of nowhere for the final version of Android 1
Version 11 of Android with the code “Red Velvet Cake” has been in a public beta phase for several months and is available to Pixel phones and a variety of other manufacturers, including Samsung and OnePlus. The new version of the software focuses on data protection and offers apps the ability to grant one-time security permissions instead of an all-or-nothing switch. Users must return to the Settings menu to change. There is also better access to secure storage.
There are a number of other changes, notably better support for a new generation of 5G radios, more types of folding displays and camera cutouts, support for HEIF images, better checking of phone calls, better notifications, etc. The Pixel phones are getting from Google also some proprietary changes, e.g. For example, the ability to quickly access Google Pay with a long press of the power button, or new suggestions in the launcher.
Expect Android 11 to roll out to Google’s Pixel phones via a wireless update in the next few days. The participating manufacturers will follow shortly afterwards. Note that it takes months (or more) to update all current Android phones, especially if you’re using a phone that is below the flagship level.
Google has already announced the new flagship of the year, the Pixel 5, although it hasn’t fully revealed the details of its hardware or sales. It is expected to be announced more formally within a month or two, along with a 5G pack version of the excellent budget phone Pixel 4a. Both should be running Android 11 at startup.