In the early morning of June 11, Google directly launched the first Beta version of Android 11. On the whole, the new generation of Android does add some features that were not available before, and it has also strengthened the protection of security and privacy in all aspects, but if it is a domestic mobile phone user, after learning the details of the update, it should feel more stable than surprises. , Because whether it is the newly added long screen capture function or the direct dialogue function of the notification bar, it has already been implemented on the domestic OS system, especially Huawei EMUI.
Below, let’s take a closer look at these “new features” that are no longer new in Android 11.
Scrolling screenshot and long screenshot function
After this Android 11 update, the Android system finally began to support native scrolling screenshots and long screenshots. In addition, a small preview image will appear after the native screenshot, with “Edit”, “Share” and “Extend” options, allowing users to take longer screenshots.
But as early as the EMUI4 period, Huawei mobile phones have realized the scrolling screenshot function, which matches Huawei’s knuckle screenshot technology in operation. Long pictures can be realized by drawing the letter “S” after the knuckles are tapped on the screen. Interception. While the operation is simple and fast, it is also very memorable and has always been loved by Huawei mobile phone users.
And manufacturers such as Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo have also been polishing their screenshot functions in recent years. Therefore, for consumers holding domestic mobile phones today, sharing long screen screenshots of mobile phones in their daily lives has become a “basic operation” at their fingertips. The update efficiency of Android 11 in this regard is seriously lagging behind.
Intelligent assisted experience optimization
In the Android 11 update, there are two changes in the auxiliary functions-one is the magnification setting that supports the magnification gesture, and the other is the smart auxiliary function that can be quickly activated when the screen is locked.
The magnification gesture function can magnify the Display content of the mobile phone screen, which is convenient for users with poor eyesight to browse the mobile phone. Before the release of Android 11, Huawei EMUI already supports the quick start setting of the gesture zoom function. After the function is turned on, you can zoom in and out by tapping the screen three times in a row. At the same time, EMUI also has a quick way to open accessibility auxiliary functions. Whether you need screen reading, color correction, or color inversion, you can press and hold the volume up and down buttons of your Huawei phone for 3 seconds to start, even when the screen is locked. Can be used.
In order to help people with disabilities use mobile phones better, each update reflects the meticulous and sincere care of mobile phone manufacturers for disadvantaged groups. In this regard, Huawei EMUI and other OS systems are constantly working hard to continue to provide users with a more user-friendly operating experience.
Direct conversation function in notification bar
Speaking of Android 11’s few new features that can be perceived by ordinary users, the support for notification bar dialogue is one of them. After turning on the notification bar dialog function, users can quickly reply to messages in the mobile phone notification bar, and they can also send pictures directly.
The emergence of this feature solves the pain points of the user’s cumbersome steps when replying to messages, but in the strict sense, it is not an innovation of Android-because Huawei EMUI has long supported direct reply to SMS messages in the banner notification bar. In addition, when Huawei mobile phone users receive WeChat or QQ messages in the full-screen scene, they only need to click on the message banner to remind them, and they can also view and reply to the messages in the floating window that pops out. There is no need to switch or exit the application. The operation is simple. Never miss any important information again.
In terms of experience such as this, customized OS systems such as Huawei EMUI often go ahead of the native Android system. Through the deep cooperation of software and hardware, it creates intimate functions that fit the habits of domestic consumers, and the end users’ praise is in turn. Promoted the improvement of the function settings of the Android system.
New power menu
The new Android 11 power menu shows a rearranged UI. The buttons for “emergency”, “power off”, “restart” and “screenshot” have been moved to the top of the screen, and most menus can be used for “quick controls” “. From the activity menu, you can see that Android 11 is expanding the ability to control smart home products, which means that Google is working hard in the direction of smart interconnection of multiple devices. In the future, the power menu of the Android system will not only be used to shut down or restart the phone, but will also be used more frequently by users to control multiple devices.
The 5G era has come. Smart IoT has moved from dream to reality. In terms of the experience of multi-device interconnection, Huawei EMUI is more advanced than OS systems including Apple IOS. For example, Huawei launched a new interactive function called “Multi-device Control Center” on EMUI 10.1 released in April this year, which is very similar to the new quick controls added in Android 11 above.
The multi-device control center of EMUI 10.1 brings a new entrance to the smart life of the whole scene. After activation, the collaboration between smart devices can be realized. All IoT devices connected to the mobile phone can be managed through it, such as turning on or turning off IoT devices, Mobile phone projection, multi-screen collaboration, etc. At the same time, it can also intelligently recommend nearby devices. When users watch videos, listen to music and make calls on their phones, a pop-up window will appear on the phone asking if they need to switch the current task to nearby devices. You can switch with one key to enjoy the best experience at any time. .
Huawei’s EMUI’s leadership in smart terminal interconnection benefits from the continuous innovation and progress of Huawei’s distributed technology. In addition to the multi-device control center, functions such as smooth communication, multi-screen collaboration, distributed gallery, and Cast + wireless projection are also available. Users bring a unique full-scene distributed experience in the industry. What people need to see is that the birth of these revolutionary technical capabilities is not endorsed by the native Android system, but can be achieved with Huawei’s own strong R&D investment and technical strength.
Stricter privacy authority and protection
Stricter system permissions and privacy protection are a major change in Android 11. In Android 11, when the mobile application wants to obtain the user’s location, microphone or camera permissions, the authorization interface adds the option “Only once”. After selecting this option, the application can only obtain one-time permission, as long as the user leaves Application, the application’s permission to access data ends here. The emergence of a permission permission helps reduce the abuse of private location or personal data by mobile applications.
Android 11 also promotes the standardization of “partitioned storage” application storage directories to ensure that applications cannot access user data at will, reducing the risk of privacy data leakage. At the same time, application spam data is stored in their own private directories, so that users will no longer see them, and a cleaner image gallery improves the user experience.
Huawei EMUI has always attached great importance to the management and control of privacy rights. It protects users’ security in all aspects through anti-counterfeiting base stations, privacy spaces, payment protection spaces, AI information protection, password safes, and security authentication, as mentioned above. Android 11 partition storage management, the new sandbox mode of EMUI 10 also has similar capabilities.
From the current point of view, Android 11’s measures to strengthen privacy permissions are worthy of recognition, especially the addition of one-time permission permissions. It is hoped that Huawei and other domestic manufacturers can also promote adaptation on their own OS systems as soon as possible.
Ordinary users have a dull perception of native system upgrades
In summary, since there are few changes and improvements in the visual and use of Android 11 this time, there are not many updates that ordinary users can obviously perceive. On the other hand, with the continuous deep customization and optimization of their own OS systems by various manufacturers in recent years, the difference between the mobile operating system and the original Android system experienced by users has become larger and larger. When taking screenshots and other functions, many users will also involuntarily ask “my Android phone has long been supported”.
Although the native Android system has its irreplaceable advantages, the upgrade highlights of the Android system have been more manifested in the improvement of application compatibility or the further opening of API interfaces, which are areas that global developers need to pay attention to. As a general consumer of domestic mobile phones, compared to what has been updated in Android 11, perhaps paying attention to the version update of Huawei EMUI or Xiaomi MIUI can gain deeper feelings and more surprises.