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How to Get Android 11 Update Right Now

Google officially rolled out the latest Android OS, and you can get Android 11 right now on select devices. Here’s a list of all the top Android OEMs that will be opening doors to Android 11 first, and how you can have a taste of it right now.

The year 2020 has been like no other, starting off with a pandemic that has put most of the world into a standstill. Even with the way we do business and live our lives changing dramatically, Google’s yearly release of a new Android OS version seems to go about like clockwork. Even without Google I/O happening this year, the Mountain View company curled up the curtains to release Android 11 in all its glory.

The Best Features of Android 11

Albeit the latest version of Android OS is not the most revolutionary one yet, and certainly won’t get the attention that Apple’s iOS 14 has been able to garner, this should not deter millions of Android users who own Android 11 eligible devices to seek the latest update. Even without any radical design changes, Android 11 has a few tricks up its sleeves to keep you intrigued.

1. Notifications for Conversations

Android has a nasty habit of combining all of the notifications together, with certain apps always being pushed to the top of the list. With the Conversations section in the notification shade, you now have the important chats highlighted above all other notifications.

2. Built-in screen recorder

Android OEMs such as Xiaomi and Oppo already offer the ability to screen record by default, and there are plenty of third-party apps that allow it too. It may have been beaten to the punch, but most users will still appreciate the native screen recorder over others.

3. Controls for smart devices

Smart devices are everywhere, and with Google having a vested interest in smart home devices with the Google Home and Google Nest lineup, you get a panel screen dedicated to smart home tech controls on your Android 11 device.

4. Media player redesigned

Rather than placing the music player as just another notification in the pull-down menu, it is now blended into the quick settings. The cleaner look also brings you an easier way to switch between the audio output devices, along with the default music controls.

5. Fun chat bubbles

Android 11 is going all-in on communication, and by enabling chats bubbles, you can have a floating circular icon. With the chat bubble on the screen at all times, keep the conversation going and do a lot more on your phone in the background.

How to Get Android 11 – Timeline 

Each year when a new version of Android comes out, users feel like they’re in the NFL Draft Season. Wondering if your smartphone is going to make the cut and receive the honor of the latest version of Android OS is a dilemma for many among us. Here’s a detailed list of the top Android OEMs that have either released Android 11 for specific phones already or have promised a release in the near future.

Google

Since the cookies are coming out of their home oven, Google Pixel is obviously the first in line to enjoy. Although Google Pixel and Pixel XL did receive a surprise update of Android 10, Google has finally dropped major software updates for the flagships. As of September 8, 2020, the following Google Pixel smartphones are receiving stable Android 11 update officially:

  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 4a

If you own one of the Google Pixel devices listed above but haven’t received the Android 11 update yet, you should look for it manually. On your Pixel smartphone, head to Settings > System > Advanced > System update and then tap on Check for update. Follow the on-screen instructions to download the update and then install Android 11 on your Pixel phone.

OnePlus

The Chinese mobile company has a neat track record when it comes to software updates, both major and regulatory ones. For now, OnePlus is running an Open Beta on OxygenOS 11, but it is only limited to the flagship OnePlus 8 series. However, the following devices have already been greenlit by OnePlus to receive the Android 11 update once it is out for a public release:

  • OnePlus 8 Pro
  • OnePlus 8
  • OnePlus Nord
  • OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition
  • OnePlus 7T Pro
  • OnePlus 7T
  • OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7
  • OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition
  • OnePlus 6T
  • OnePlus 6

Samsung

Hosting the widest range of Android smartphones in the market, Samsung is always working fulltime on the software end and falling short most of the time. The flagship Galaxy S20 series is already up for the One UI 3.0 Public Beta, which is running Android 11, and you can sign up for it right now if you’re in South Korea or the United States. Based on Samsung’s track record and the corresponding release date of devices last year, these are the Galaxy devices that should be eligible for Android 11:

  • Galaxy S10e / S10 / S10+ / S10 5G
  • Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy Note 10 / Note 10+ (LTE/5G)
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Galaxy Note 20 / Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy S20 / S20+ / S20 Ultra (LTE/5G)
  • Galaxy S20 FE
  • Galaxy Fold (LTE/5G)
  • Galaxy Z Flip (LTE/5G)
  • Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Galaxy M01
  • Galaxy M11
  • Galaxy M21
  • Galaxy M30s
  • Galaxy M31
  • Galaxy M31s
  • Galaxy M40
  • Galaxy M51
  • Galaxy Xcover 4s
  • Galaxy Xcover Field Pro
  • Galaxy Xcover Pro
  • Galaxy Tab S5e
  • Galaxy Tab S6
  • Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Galaxy Tab S7 / Tab S7+
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019
  • Galaxy Tab A 8.0 2019
  • Galaxy Tab A7
  • Galaxy Tab Active Pro
  • Galaxy A01
  • Galaxy A10
  • Galaxy A10e
  • Galaxy A10s
  • Galaxy A11
  • Galaxy A20
  • Galaxy A20e
  • Galaxy A20s
  • Galaxy A21
  • Galaxy A21s
  • Galaxy A30
  • Galaxy A30s
  • Galaxy A31
  • Galaxy A40
  • Galaxy A41
  • Galaxy A42 5G
  • Galaxy A50
  • Galaxy A50s
  • Galaxy A51
  • Galaxy A51 5G
  • Galaxy A60
  • Galaxy A70
  • Galaxy A70s
  • Galaxy A71
  • Galaxy A71 5G
  • Galaxy A80
  • Galaxy A8s
  • Galaxy A90 5G

Oppo

Surprisingly enough, Oppo is one of the least mainstream brands in the US that is stepping up to the plate and already giving users a look at Android 11. Under its very own flavor of ColorOS, Oppo Find X2, Find X2 Pro, Reno3, and Reno3 Pro are the four devices currently enlisted for the beta program.

  • Oppo F17 Pro
  • Oppo Reno 4 series
  • Oppo F11 series
  • Oppo A9
  • Oppo A92
  • Oppo A72
  • Oppo A52
  • Oppo Reno 10X Zoom
  • Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G
  • Oppo Reno 2 series
  • Oppo A91 — Q1 2021
  • Oppo F15 — Q1 2021
  • Oppo Original Reno series
  • Oppo Reno Z series
  • Oppo A5 (2020)
  • Oppo A9 (2020)

Xiaomi

The Chinese company, Xiaomi, also runs a longstanding beta program for the MIUI platform, and the latest MIUI 12 also has plenty of takers. The beta program is currently ongoing and limited to Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and the Redmi K30 Pro, which is sold as POCO F2 Pro in the Asian and European markets.

  • Xiaomi Mi 10
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi 9
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi 9T
  • Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi A3
  • Redmi K30 Pro
  • Redmi K30
  • Redmi K30 5G
  • Redmi K30i 5G
  • Redmi K20 Pro
  • Redmi K20
  • Redmi Note 9
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
  • Redmi 10X Pro
  • Redmi 10X 5G
  • Redmi 9
  • Redmi 9C
  • Redmi 9A
  • POCO F2 Pro
  • POCO X2
  • POCO M2 Pro

Nokia

The Finnish phone company entered the Android market with the promise to bring 3-year software support to all devices impartially. Nokia has lived up to that promise, even if it has not conducted open beta programs like the other Android OEMs on the list. The current generation of Nokia phones expected to get Android 11 is a long one, but none of them have a beta update lined up as of now.

  • Nokia 8.3 5G
  • Nokia 2.2
  • Nokia 5.3
  • Nokia 8.1
  • Nokia 1.3
  • Nokia 4.2
  • Nokia 2.4
  • Nokia 2.3
  • Nokia 3.4
  • Nokia 3.2
  • Nokia 7.2
  • Nokia 6.2
  • Nokia 1 Plus
  • Nokia 9 PureView

Wrapping Up

There has been an obvious delay that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused in the release of the latest smartphones of 2020. However, things in the software department seem to be going full steam ahead, with the Android 11 update released in September. Unless you’re a Google Pixel owner who is already making the most out of the new Android experience, the wait ahead entirely depends on your mobile brand.

Is your smartphone next in line to get the revered Android 11 update right now, or does the wait continue for you? We’d love to hear back from you in the comments section down below.

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