Android 11: New ways to communicate and control smart devices

Kelly Kelly 09 September
Android 11: New ways to communicate and control smart devices

Android 11 is about becoming more intent based, by helping you complete the actions you regularly use on your phone in an easier and simpler way. Phones are about communication and keeping in touch with loved ones. Over 41 million mobile messages are sent every minute. What we've learned is that it's important to elevate people's conversations and messages, and ensure that they're not missing important updates, because that's a huge concern for them.

In Android 11, when we mark a conversation as important, that conversation can break through our Do Not Disturb mode so that they can always reach you. Android 11: New ways to communicate and control smart devicesThe other big feature that we launched was a feature we call Bubbles. What we've created is this lightweight way across all of the different apps to be able to continue your chats while you're doing something else. Android 11: New ways to communicate and control smart devicesMaking the things that people are already doing easy and convenient, organizing all the different chats so that you know you're not missing stuff, that's really the value that the system can provide.

In Android 11, we've taken another look at media and device controls. The phone is becoming this hub of all the things that you're doing around you - Whether it be paying for things, controlling your lights, controlling your TV. Your phone is the one device that's always around and it's always with you.

The updates we made to your media controls and smart home devices actually came from an insight from one of our product leaders, that today your phone is starting to replace your wallet and your keys. We thought about creating a single place on your phone to replicate that experience. Android 11: New ways to communicate and control smart devicesWe made these changes with speed in mind, because it's really important that they're really easy for people to get to them. We are working in close partnership with the Google Home team to make this a really seamless experience on mobile. 

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