These new Android 11 features we’d love to see in One UI 3:
1. Improved Gesture Navigation
With the One UI 3, it will let you configure the sensitivity of the back button for either side. You can lower sensitivity on the left edge, which will make it possible to use gestures to open the hamburger menu again.
2. No need to unlock after reboot
With “Resume on reboot,” apps can resume normal function and receive messages right away after a reboot without users first needing to enter their passcode. This is useful since you can schedule when your device restarts to complete an OTA.
3. View current refresh rate
Google is offering developers a handy option to see what the current refresh rate is on your display at all times. This new developer option is pretty straightforward. When toggled on, it shows in numbers at the top of the screen what the current refresh rate of the display is.
4. Use Bluetooth Headphones in Airplane Mode
If you turn on the Airplane Mode, it will no longer disconnect your phone while listening to audio via Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Google has even added a little pop-up message to confirm Bluetooth won’t be turned off.
5. You can send images in notification replies
You can now attach an image in your response when you get a notification message by pressing Reply. You won’t need to open the app to attach the image.
6. Improved battery life while using a higher refresh rate
With Android 11, the application developers will be able to set a preferred refresh rate. Developers can now set the refresh rate to 120Hz for gaming and 60Hz for some other operations to save battery life.
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7. App Access and Background location permission
Android 11 removes the option to all access all the time and replaces it with an “only this time” option. Once you’ve granted permission to an app for location access, if it needs always-on access, it will need to ask again and specifically explain why. It will then provide a link to grant permission within the system settings.
8. Strong, weak, and device credential to unlock apps
In Android 11, you have three biometrics categories — strong, weak, and device credential. Now apps can decide which biometrics method they need. For example, the less sensitive apps can use the Face Unlock method on the Galaxy S20.
9. Audio Codec Support for headphones
You don’t need to remember which audio codecs your headphones support. It is now easier to see just which codecs your Bluetooth headphones support right on your device. Connect your audio device to a phone running Android 11, and open “Trigger Bluetooth Audio Codec Selection” in Developer Options.
10. New notification shade
The new notification shade will now divide incoming alerts into three sections: Alerting, Conversations, and Silent. Android 11 already divided notifications sections with a small black bar and the section label. It simply introduces a larger gap between sections, offering a cleaner look all around.
We also want to see Better Keyboard transition, Improved foldable support, Wireless debugging, and Better Support for Curved Display.
11. Wireless Debugging
To simplify and modernize this process, Android 11 includes a new “Wireless debugging” setting to let you connect ADB over a Wi-Fi network.
12. Improved Spam Protection
Android 11 will let call-screening apps do more to prevent spam calls. It will let apps verify a call’s “stir/shaken” status, which are standards that protect against spoofing. It can also record why someone rejected a call. If a user grants permission, the app can see if a call came from someone in their contacts or an outside number.