Android 11: Check out 5 new features in the latest OS version

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The distribution schedule of the new OS version will depend on each manufacturer. Companies are free to make the necessary adaptations to their versions of Android before making them available to consumers.

Manufacturers such as ASUS, LG, Motorola, and Samsung are expected to release this news on select models over the next few months. The beta version of Android 11 began circulating among developers in February this year. Let’s know what are the features that arrive with this update.

The main features of the new Android 11

There aren’t as many visual changes in this version of Android as in previous years. Bug fixes, improvement of artificial intelligence features and improvements in some tools are the main highlights. Here are some interesting features that you will see on your smartphone once Android 11 is available.

1. Greater integration with local emergency services

Since 2016, Google has incorporated a feature called Emergency Location Services (ELS) into Android. The idea is that, from the user’s location, it is possible to contact local emergency services when necessary with a few taps on the screen.

If you are in another country, for example, the system generates an automatic translation for the emergency centers so that your distress call is understood. As of Android 11, service compatibility reaches 29 countries, serving more than 800 million people.

2. Earthquake alert with user-generated data

Your Android smartphone is now also a tool capable of helping to predict earthquakes. Based on the user’s location system, movements in tectonic plates can be detected a few seconds before tremors are felt.

This allows users to receive early notifications, buying time to seek shelter. Although earthquakes are fortunately not a characteristic problem in Brazil, other locations will certainly make good use of this resource.

3. Improved accessibility in Android Auto features

Keeping your hands on the wheel while driving is a concern that software developers should always take into account. Android 11 got smarter in this regard and interacts better with the user through voice commands.

You can view your calendar appointments, suggest directions on the map, or even make and receive calls while driving, all without having to touch your smartphone. The resources work best in English, but it is a matter of time before they are fully adapted to our language.

4. Improved Do Not Disturb Mode

You must have gotten used to putting your cell phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode before going to bed, right? Google thought of a more interesting solution for this tool and split the functionality into “Bedtime” mode.

It works as follows: you configure the application only once, indicating the time when you usually go to sleep and wake up. Every day, during this period, “Bedtime mode” is activated and with it there is a limit of minutes of use and notifications are disabled. In addition, night mode comes into play, reducing the brightness of the screen.

5. Lookout: bringing the real to the virtual world

Taking photos of texts and documents has become routine among professionals and students. However, depending on the lighting conditions, if the photo is not taken well then it is difficult to understand what is written. The Lookout feature solves this problem.

In a matter of seconds, it scans the content and transforms it into readable text, as if it had been written on your smartphone. And, even better: you can edit it or copy it to other applications in a simple and fast way.

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