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Android 11 chat bubbles (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android 11)

Yesterday, September 8, Google officially started rolling out the public build of Android 11. In addition to Pixel phones, this year's update is also heading to select devices from OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, and Realme on day one.

Android 11 is a pretty modest update compared to Android 10, though it does add a bunch of smaller things to make the OS feel more refined and feature-rich. There are now chat bubbles for your conversations, a new power menu that shows smart home controls, more granular permissions, etc.

A few of our AC forum members have already shared their initial thoughts on the update, saying:

Sweet! Time to load it up I guess. I skipped all the betas

Bla1ze

I did too. Definitely feels like a breath of fresh air. So far i like the smoothness. I have a 3a btw.

tfitzpat03

I updated my pixel 3, no beta.. Update sized at 1.38GB. No problems so far, very smooth and I haven't noticed any crashing with the message bubbles or Gboard. This update seems more of a stability update I haven't noticed many new features at all, if any besides the notification bubbles for messages.

jlarkins08

Finally updated my Pixel 3 as well. First impressions (using gesture navigation): - Navigation feels more sluggish than Android 10. Maybe just needs a little getting used to. - Drop-down menu seems cramped now. Only 6 icons per page instead of 9. - Can no longer swipe up from anywhere to access apps switcher. Seems my list is more on the negative side. Haha. Will see if it improves after...

rexxsor

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10 Comments
  • Unlocked Pixel 3a and still no update = /
  • When are they going to improve the recent app menu visibility?
  • Pixel 3a xl......updated this morning....no issues so far.
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  • Updated my Pixel 4 and Pixel 3 yesterday. After the update, I always do a Play Store app update, then clear recent apps and reboot. Everything is working beautifully, no issues. Very snappy performance. I use gesture navigation on my Pixel 4, my hubby prefers the old-school 3-button navigation on his Pixel 3. Both work very well.
  • Very good so far! I am highly annoyed the scrubber was removed from the lock menu though.
  • I hit "update" yesterday to get the security update and, much to my surprise, my 4XL got Android 11. I then check my Pixel 2XL and, voila! There was the Android 11 update. So far so good. Getting used to the new media controls in the notifications pane. I like it so far.
  • I wish I could easily roll back to 10. Updated yesterday on my Pixel 2 and everything seemed fine but today it is randomly restarting...my guess about 40 times today. And it's chewing through my battery like crazy...I assume from all the reboots. Not happy but hoping I could live with it for until the Pixel 5 comes out.
  • Just do a full reset & make sure you do it from recovery mode. I do this with every major update. If you have Google One, back everything up. . when you power up, it'll be like a buttery knew phone .
    Most all your settings & apps/app settings will be restored. Only thing you'll need to manually back up are documents.. I just use solid explorer & sync my downloads with Google drive. They usually end up staying in there anyway.
  • Anyone figured out what the Easter egg for Android 11 is? I've only gotten as far as unlocking it by turning the dial to 11 (a smiley face toast appears much like it did with the cat collector Easter egg in Android Nougat) but haven't noticed anything new unlocked in the quick settings.