Android 11 for Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 : Rumour Roundup
The Xperia 1 is a flagship device from Sony, announced in February, 2019 with pre-installed Android 9 Pie and powered by Snapdragon 855 chipset. The Xperia 10 is a mid-range device powered by Snapdragon 630 and released on February, 2019. The device runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box.
Sony released the Android 10 update few months ago for Xperia 1 flagship, the Xperia 10 mid-ranger is still waiting for its update. The next major and probably the last update for these devices is Android 11.
Google released the first Developer preview of Android 11 on February 20, a bit earlier than expected. The second and third preview came up in March and April respectively, the first consumer beta due to arrive in May. According to the official roadmap, the final version of Android 11 will come in Q3 of 2020.
When will Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 will get Android 11 ?
The eleventh iteration of Android will hit Pixel series devices, most likely on September 8th, 2020, according to the leaked slide by Google. However, the Japanese tech giant will add some custom features and modify the stock features of Android 11 to tweak for Xperia devices.
Previously, Sony started the rollout of Android 10 for Xperia 1 on December 5th for Xperia 1 and the Xperia 10 is still on the wait list. So, we expect that the rollout of Android 11 may begin for the Xperia 1 flagship in late-December 2020 or January 2021 and Xperia 10 users may have to until the end of Q2 of 2021. However, if Sony adds Xperia 1 to the Android 11 Beta program, then the users can get the beta sooner.
Android 11 Exclusive Features
The eleventh iteration of Android comes with many exciting new features, refinements and strengthened security. The prime features of Android 11 include : improved bluetooth functions, Scheduled dark mode, customization of back gesture sensitivity at edges, native screen recording with customizations of audio, new UI for screenshots, Notification history, Chat Bubbles and so on.
Scheduled Dark mode
The Android 11 update includes customization of system-wide dark mode which was introduced in the previous android version. After getting Android 11, Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 users can tune the dark mode time settings.
The Settings can be accessed by long tapping on the Quick Settings Dark mode toggle. In there, three scheduling option will appear : None means no scheduler, Turns on from sunset to sunrise means follow the day light timings, and Turns on at custom time means user can customize at which time the dark mode turns-on and off. In the upcoming betas, the feature may get better.
Improved App permissions
The Android 11 improved app permissions and privacy of the user. The users can auto revoke permissions to apps if they are not used in a long time. For example, as spotted by 9to5Google, the Discord app’s Camera permission will be revoked, if the app is not in use for a long time.
Another refinement is improved location permissions, when any requests location access, the dailog box with three options will appear : Only this time, While using the app and Deny. So apps cannot collect location data while in background and the privacy of users will improve.
Android 11 Screen Recorder
Till Android 11, users have to depend on third-party recording apps to record screen video. But in Android 11, Google added native support screen recording.
To start recording, users tap on the Screen recorder toggle in Quick settings and Start now in the next screen to begin the recording. There are options to record audio through microphone and show taps on the screen if necessary. To stop the recording the user tap on the stop option in the notifications to stop and save the recording as MP4 file.
In the Beta 2 of Android 11, the Search giant added more functionality to the screen recorder feature. The dailog box to start recording contains options to record internal audio/through microphone or from both.
Airplane mode doesn’t kill Bluetooth
Airplane mode is one of the Android basic functions to disconnect all wireless connections with a single tap. But if a user is listening to music over Bluetooth headset/earphones, turning on the Airplane mode also shutsdown Bluetooth and kills the active music play over earphones, in previous android editions.
However, Google resolved the issue in Android 11. After updating to the latest android version, Xperia 1 and 10 users can enjoy uninterrupted music play over wireless pods even after turning on the Airplane mode. A dailog box will show : ‘Bluetooth will stay on during Airplane mode’, if any active Bluetooth play connections are there while turning on the Airplane mode.
Android 11 comes with full featured chat bubbles which work with nearly all messaging apps. The feature first appeared in the betas of Android 10, indeed. But later the feature doesn’t work well in the final edition of Android 10. Now in the Eleventh iteration of Android, Google introduced more polished Chat bubbles feature.
The working of this feature might be known to many Xperia users. The feature works similar Facebook’s messenger chat heads feature. When we chatting with some one, the chat appears as a small bubble on the screen, tapping on that we can read messages and give a quick reply while watching a video or browsing internet in the remaining screen real estate. So multi-tasking with messaging apps made more easy on Android 11.
Google introduced the Notification history feature in the DP2 of Android 11 as an experimental feature but it comes as a live feature in the final release. But the Xperia 1 and 10 users have to enable it manually by going into Settings > Apps & Notifications > Notifications > Notification History and toggle the switch on.
Then, the users can see past notifications upto 24 hrs which were dismissed. So, if the user dismissed a notification accedentally they can check again by tapping on the history section in Notifications.
Update on 12/9/2020 :
Finally, the stable version of the Eleventh iteration of Android arrived on 8th, September. Google delayed the release a few days, since earlier leaks indicated that the release would be on September 3rd. The Pixel series devices except original Pixel aka Pixel 1, received the Android 11 update in most regions. Other OEMs like OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi have also released the update for their flagships as Beta or stable release.
The final release of Android 11 contains all the goodies which were present in the final beta and also some bug fixes. Unfortunately, the final release is having problems with Android Auto feature, according to the reports on Reddit. However, we hope the bug will be fixed in a few days and patch will be integrated in future rollouts. Sony hasn’t made any announcement about the rollout for its devices but we may hear it verysoon.
Update on 23/8/2020 :
The Search giant rolled out the final beta or Beta 3 on August 6th for all the beta testers on Pixel 2, 3, 4 series devices. The final release of Android 11 is coming on September 3rd, according to leaks. The Beta 3 includes exclusive features like Easter egg, Media player in Quick settings, new emoji and so on.
The new Easter egg in Android 11 works like a dial and it is quite awesome, according to users. The Digital well being contains Bedtime mode which was previously known as Wind down. There is option to Turn-off Always on Display at Bed time automatically.
Update on 2/8/2020 :
The Search giant previously launched the Second beta of Android 11 on July 8th and only one beta will come before the final release. According to the leaked slide from Google, the official rollout of Android 11 to Pixel devices will take place on September 8th. This is not very unexpected, since the Android 10 got released on Seprember 3rd.
Earlier, the sixth beta of Android 10 hits the road on August 8th, so we expect now the final beta of Android 11 may arrive in mid-August. The next beta will feature near final system behaviours and almost look like the official release.
Update on 20/6/2020 :
Google released the first beta of Android 11 for Pixel devices except original Pixel on June 10th, silently without any event due to multiple issues. Yesterday, the Pixel 4, 3 and 2 series devices started receiving another bug fix update named as Beta 1.5, according to Google. The update brings fixes for Google Pay, Bluetooth, Gesture navigation reboot and so on. However, the Android Auto feature is still not working well even after updating to Beta 1.5, according to some users of Pixel.
Some other OEMs like OnePlus, Oppo have released the Beta update for their flagship devices. However, there is no word from LG, Sony, Moto, about the rollout of Beta for their devices.
We will update this article soon with more news about Android 11 update for Xperia 1 and 10 devices.