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Android 11 Stories December 2

How to downgrade from Android 12 to Android 11 on Google Pixel [Video]

If you are not content with Android 12 on your Google Pixel, it’s probably music to your ears knowing that you can downgrade your OS to a stable version of Android 11 if you encounter any major problems or just don’t like the substantial overhaul.

Android 11 Stories November 22

In late 2018, Google stopped monthly reporting on the adoption of various Android releases, but the company sparingly provides updated figures in Android Studio. Distribution numbers for 2021 today have Android 11 – instead of 12 – as the latest version.

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Android 11 Stories October 5

Shield TV seems to be preparing Android TV 11 update in a closed beta program

Google’s Android TV platform doesn’t rely on major system updates for its biggest new features, but often those updates can breathe some life into aging hardware. Nvidia’s Shield TV lineup has been sitting on top of Android 9.0 for years now, but it seems that Android 11 is in the works.

Android 11 Stories October 4

Android 12 is not launching today. As such, we only have the October security patch with another Android 11 update for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, and Pixel 5a.

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Android 11 Stories September 23

The Surface Duo launched with Android 10 two days after the Android 11 rollout commenced last year. Following the unveil of the Surface Duo 2 yesterday, Microsoft is now committing to bringing the year-old operating system to its original Android Foldable by the end of 2021.

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Android 11 Stories September 21

Although still technically running Android 10, the Chromecast with Google TV can get a taste of Android 11 via an unofficial LineageOS 18.1 port for the streaming dongle.

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Android 11 Stories September 8

Android updates nowadays are usually pretty stable, but issues can still crop up and go some time without a patch. With Android 11, some users have noticed problems with game controller input being ignored by the system, and it’s still happening.

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Android 11 Stories September 7

With Beta 4.1, Android 12 is almost ready to launch, but until then Android 11 with the September security patch is now available for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, and Pixel 5a.

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Android 11 Stories August 26

With the Pixel 5a officially launching in the US and Japan today, Google has published the Android 11 factory images for customers that have already received the phone.

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Android 11 Stories August 24

OnePlus has updated these phones to Android 11

OnePlus might have promised the Android 11 update to a number of the firm’s former flagship devices, but just how many have received the latest OS build or when can you expect it to come to your phone?

Android 11 Stories August 11

OnePlus 6 and 6T get final Android 11 release after one-month beta program

Android 12 is barely a month away from release at this point, but the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T are just now getting their update to Android 11. Ironically, though, that’s way ahead of the expected schedule.

Android 11 Stories August 5

Android 11 now rolling out for the Nokia 5.3

After an extended wait, the Android 11 update is now rolling out for the Nokia 5.3 despite HMD Global’s initial roadmap suggesting it would arrive in Q2 2021.

Android 11 Stories August 2

While the Android 12 Beta has improved in stability over recent releases, Android 11 still provides the most reliable experience. Google is now rolling out the August security patch for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5.

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Android 11 Stories July 21

Asus starts Android 11 rollout for ROG Phone 3 following release on ZenFone 7 series [U]

The rollout of Android 11 has been fairly speedy thanks to quick rollouts from Samsung and others, but many OEMs are still a ways behind. After rolling out Android 11 to the ZenFone 7 series earlier this year, Asus is now bringing the same update to the ROG Phone 3.

Android 11 Stories July 16

The OnePlus Nord N10 5G appears to be getting Android 11 – the only OS upgrade that the affordable smartphone will ever receive.

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Android 11 Stories July 7

As the next major version of Google’s mobile OS progresses through the Beta Program, Android 11 remains the stable release throughout the summer. Google is now rolling out a more quiet July security patch to address bugs on the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5.

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Android 11 Stories July 1

The skill of developers in the Android world is often incredibly impressive, especially when it comes to getting hardware to do things it shouldn’t. This week, one team managed to get Microsoft’s brand new Windows 11 platform installed on a OnePlus 6T.

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Android 11 Stories June 11

Samsung has updated these devices to Android 11

It usually takes Android OEMs a fair bit to get the latest version of the OS on older devices, but Samsung has been getting better and better at this every year. For Android 11, the official update schedule kicked off in early December and continues to expand. Here’s every device Samsung has updated to Android 11 so far.

Android 11 Stories June 8

June security patch for Google Pixel brings taste of Material You w/ grouped notification count

The June security patch for Pixel devices brought with it a Feature Drop but also a neat little taste of the upcoming Android 12 release and the Material You redesign with a grouped notification count icon.

Android 11 Stories June 7

While the first beta of Google’s next mobile operating system is now available, Android 11 remains the stable release for the next few months. Google is rolling out the June security patch with a Feature Drop to the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5 today.

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The June update for Pixel phones is coming later than usual this month, but it does bring a Feature Drop that’s more packed than recent releases. Highlights include the ability to take Astrophotography time lapses and a Locked Folder for Google Photos, while several capabilities are now more widely available abroad.

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Android 11 Stories May 18

The Wear OS emulator in Android Studio now includes a preview of the upcoming Android 11 based update for Wear OS.

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Android 11 Stories May 10

Nokia Android 11 roadmap pushes back the schedule even further

With Android One and some solid budget devices in tow, Nokia’s revival was promising for the Android world. A couple of years later, however, a cluttered lineup and delayed software updates aren’t exactly putting the brand in the best light. Now, Nokia has announced its latest Android 11 roadmap, which pushes everything back.

Android 11 Stories May 3

Ahead of the first Android 12 Beta later this month, Google is rolling out the May security patch to address bugs on the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5.

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Android 11 Stories April 29

If you’re still rocking the 2018-released OnePlus 6 or OnePlus 6T, hopefully you aren’t too excited about the Android 11 release. OnePlus has just confirmed we won’t see its release anytime soon.

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Android 11 Stories April 10

LG Velvet gets Android 11 in the US, Verizon first in line

The LG Velvet is the company’s last mainstream premium smartphone, but even with the company pulling its resources from the smartphone business, updates are still rolling out. This week, Android 11 was spotted rolling out to the LG Velvet in the United States.

Android 11 Stories April 8

What to expect when you upgrade to Android 11 — New features, scoped storage, more

Every major Android update brings new features, new changes, and things to get used to. With Android 11, though, many of those tweaks are behind the scenes, and some of them can have a real impact on how you use your device. Now that Android 11 is rolling out in full swing, here are a few things to expect when you install the update on your phone.

Android 11 Stories April 5

The April security update is rolling out this morning, with the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G benefiting from a pair of camera and graphics performance enhancements. Older phones also get some functional fixes from this patch.

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While not as packed as last month’s quiet Feature Drop, the April security patch is rolling out today to address bugs on the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5.

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Android 11 Stories March 31

Official builds of LineageOS version 18.1, the Android 11 based update to the ever-popular third-party ROM, are becoming available for the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, and OnePlus 8 series.

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Android 11 Stories March 19

Google’s Chrome OS has the advantage of including support for Android and the platform’s vast app collection. Now, Chromebooks are finally getting updated to Android 11 to bring some new features and better functionality, but the update is in beta-only for the time being.

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[Update: Edge too] Motorola Edge+ is now getting its Android 11 update 6 months late

Motorola re-entered the flagship space in 2020, but seemingly forgot that top-tier devices are supposed to get a few big updates over time. Now, nearly 6 months after the update hit Pixel phones, the Motorola Edge+ is finally getting its Android 11 upgrade.

Android 11 Stories March 11

From getting major Android releases that improve privacy first to monthly patches and the Titan M chip, security is often an under-discussed selling point of Pixel phones. The latest security advantage sees Pixel devices on Android 11 get Common Criteria’s Mobile Device Fundamentals Protection Profile certification.

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The rollout of Android 11 has been remarkably quick so far, but that’s thanks especially to Samsung being far ahead of its original schedule. LG, on the other hand, has only rolled out the update to one device, and the company’s official schedule paints a picture that’s even grimmer.

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Android 11 Stories March 8

Samsung Galaxy A50 gets Android 11 update w/ One UI 3

Samsung is continuing its Android 11 push, and now it’s expanding to one of the most popular Android smartphones in recent memory. The Galaxy A50 is now getting Android 11.

Android 11 Stories March 3

LG V60 ThinQ gets Android 11 update in the US as sequel rumors swirl

The LG V60 ThinQ turned out to be an unexpected highlight of the 2020 smartphone season, but in our review, one of the things we pointed out was LG’s not-so-great history with updates. Thankfully, the company is being relatively timely with its still-flagship, delivering Android 11 to the LG V60 this past week.

Android 11 Stories March 2

March Feature Drop enables 5G with Dual SIM Dual Standby on Pixel 5/4a 5G

While Pixel devices only have one physical SIM card slot, you can simultaneously add and use an eSIM with Dual SIM Dual Standby. At launch, DSDS on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G dropped users to 4G connectivity, but yesterday’s March security patch enables 5G support.

Android 11 Stories March 1

Google’s March update fixes Android Auto disconnect, stuck battery indicator on Pixel 5

In addition to the Pixel Feature Drop, the March security patch contains nine functional updates that address some bugs, including one longstanding one, on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G.

The next software update for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5 is now available. Coinciding with a Pixel Feature Drop, the March security patch also includes the usual set of bug fixes.

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While Android 11 is no longer the newest version of Google’s OS, it will remain the stable release for the first part of this year. To help remedy that, the March Pixel Feature Drop is now here along with the latest security patch and several bug fixes.

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Android 11 Stories February 18

Samsung has made some major strides over the past few years in building up its One UI skin as one of the best versions of Android on the market. Well, it seems things are headed back in the wrong direction. Apparently, Samsung introduced some aggressive background app killing policies in Android 11 that top the charts in the worst ways.

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Android 11 Stories February 17

The rollout of Android 11 by Samsung has been way faster than anyone expected, and it continues to expand to more devices. However, that rollout came with One UI 3.0, not the newer version shipping on the Galaxy S21. Tonight, Samsung is announcing the rollout of One UI 3.1.

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Android 11 Stories February 15

After releasing in late 2020 with a slightly outdated Android 10 build, the Microsoft Surface Duo’s Android 11 update looks like it will arrive closer to the full release of the next iteration — Android 12.

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Android 11 Stories February 9

Samsung brings Android 11, One UI 3 to a handful of Galaxy A and Galaxy M devices

So far, Samsung has done a very good job in rolling out Android 11 to its lineup of Galaxy smartphones and tablets, but there’s still a fair bit of work to do. Over the past week or so, Samsung has been expanding Android 11 to more Galaxy A and Galaxy M series devices too.

Android 11 Stories February 8

Ahead of the launch of the Pixel 5, the Google Camera and Google Recorder apps, among others, became unable to be sideloaded due to verification errors. Thankfully, a solution — if, perhaps, a temporary one — has been discovered.

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OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 rolls out for OnePlus 7/7 Pro, 7T w/ Canvas AOD

The OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 update is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7/7 Pro and 7T series with the update touting some serious software improvements and important performance boosts plus the widely anticipated Canvas AOD feature.

Android 11 Stories February 3

One of the biggest changes you’ll find in Android 11 is one that sits behind the scenes. Scoped Storage is a major security upgrade for the OS, but it has some slightly irritating side effects. On Google Photos, for example, Android 11 devices put up a second prompt when trying to delete a photo, but now there’s a workaround.

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Android 11 Stories February 2

The latest Android 11 update has now started officially rolling out in waves for the Nokia 8.3 5G — including the US.

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