Android 11 Features Wish List

Android 11 Features Wish List
Android 11 will probably be one of the biggest releases of 2020, and while Android is mostly a mature and well-rounded system, it still misses a few key features that could make it even better.

So what Android 11 features do we want to see the most? Some of them are things that we have noticed while using iPhones and that we missed when returning to an Android phone, others were features that we have wanted for a while.

Whatever the case, these are the 11 new features we hope Google includes in the Android 11 release. Read on!

#1: Emoji that don't look ugly AF!



Surely, there are bigger problems in the world than the way emojis look, but for those of us who spend a bunch of time texting every single day, this is about as annoying as it gets.

Emojis on Android look unacceptably ugly, deformed, and the situation is so bad that phone makers like Samsung and others have rushed to create their own emoji packs to fix the disastrous default Android emojis. We won't even mention the way emoji look on iPhones, or should we?

We don't know whether creating a truly good-looking set of emojis is such a daunting task, but it's high on our list of priorities for a better Android experience.

#2: Native Screen Recording


Maybe it's because Android devices range from the high-end $1,000 phones to dirt cheap devices that the team over at Google has found it hard to include a native screen recorder, but whatever the reason it's quite confusing that you have to download a third party app just to record a video of your screen. And yes, some of those apps don't work as good and don't record videos at a smooth frame rate, so there is not only a want, but an actual need for a proper, reliable native screen recorder.

#3: Google Assistant without the need to unlock your phone


Siri might be far less intelligent than the Google Assistant, but we still envy iPhone users who are able to simply hold the power key on their phone, speak to their phone and get that reminder or event saved. Easy as pie. Android phones for some reason insist that for every simple voice command you have to first unlock your phone, which is just unnecessary. Sure, there might be an occasion when you don't want some malicious actor speaking to your Google Assistant that knows your personal information, but this really should be a users' choice that you can turn on and off, not something that the system decides for you.

#4: Dark Mode Scheduling


Dark Mode is finally here on Android, but it's not properly implemented and you need to remember to turn it on and off every time. For the love of holy creatures, we don't understand why Google decided not to provide the sensible option to have Dark Mode automatically kick in after sunset and switch off at dawn. This really is the way Dark Mode should work, you should not have to turn it on or off manually every single time.

Speaking of Dark Mode, wouldn't it be nice if Google provided wallpapers that would adapt to dark mode? Google already has live wallpapers that are a piece of art, so it really should not be impossible to make these wallpapers adapt to the time of the day.

#5: AirDrop Alternative


Another long overdue feature is universal sharing that would use a combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for a direct connection between devices without the need for an intermediary app. Apple has had AirDrop for years now and it has proven a great way to share files between iPhones and Macs, but Google's supposed replacement named Android Beam that used NFC is being phased out.

Latest rumors actually agree that such a new feature that would allow you to easily share files between Android devices is in the works under the Fast Share name, so here is to hoping that it arrives with Android 11.

#6: A Comprehensive Native Health App


While there are various health apps on the Google Play Store, we just wish Google would provide a one-stop shop for all your health records and fitness needs. Apple has shown that a great and comprehensive Health application that included medical records and period tracking is possible, so the only thing Google has to do is copy it with a solution of its own, as Google Fit definitely does not cut it in its current state.

#7: Lock Apps Option


One common features across custom Android interfaces is the ability to lock applications on the home screen in a certain position to prevent them from accidentally being moved around. This might seem like quite the useless feature for some users, but if you have had a kid or an elderly person use an Android phone, you have likely witnessed how applications are scattered around in a random mess. The ability to lock apps to a certain position would certainly make life easier for those users.

#8: Native Battery Level for AirPods


Let's face it: AirPods are extremely popular and for a good reason, they are just so convenient and sound quite good.

Did you know you could use AirPods on Android phones too? They would work without any issues, but the one problem we have with them is that it's impossible to see how much battery you have left. You can download a third-party app for that and it does a decent job (not great), but how awesome would it be if Android would actually build a native tool that would show the battery on AirPods and make our life easier?

#9: System-wide Reachability


Another iOS inspired feature that seems to have never made it in a proper way on stock Android is Reachability, or simply put, a shortcut that would help you use a big phone with a single hand.

On iOS, for example, you can simple swipe on the bottom part of the screen and get your current window to slide halfway down the screen so you can easily reach the top part. Such a feature would be a welcome addition to the Android 11 experience.

What are the features that YOU want to see most in Android 11? Let us know in the comments below!

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20 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1352; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

About battery level, iOs shows it no matter brand of headphones/pods/earphones. Something else I want from iOS is the fact system only shows the most recent update. I have iOS 12. It will offer me iOS 13 even if 12.2 is not installed. You cant install android 8 for example without skipping 7.1 or any security patch. At least not without using Pc and doing manually.

15. vpro0

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 23, 2017

Yeah, same for Android - it is capable of showing battery level of most BT devices. It's probably just a feature of newer versions of bluetooth.

2. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

#3: Google Assistant without the need to unlock your phone i can do this on my U11+ and i seriously doubt other phones are unable to do this as well

12. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

You can say something along the lines of "set alarm for 7am", but to actually set it, you need to unlock your phone. It's like that on most Android phones.

3. Mikele

Posts: 193; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

This is most ridiculous feature write up and all the listed new items were out of point because other Android OEMs have implemented them!

4. Mrmark

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Android 11 wishlist : .... Me: December Security Update on my Pixel 3XL

5. McLovinLuigi95

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 30, 2019

How about 4K support? Or in-call record? Or just use Google Assistant without unlocking phone or touching it? Or many more things help me out guys.

11. User123456789

Posts: 1352; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

4K support is up to app devs. Actually apps run 1080p or below.

6. Elvis358

Posts: 287; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

I agree about #1 & #2 !!!

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1140; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Stock android is overrated. Simple.

8. foldablephone

Posts: 78; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

An Android version of iOS’s Shortcuts would be good, especially a more simpler one with better templates.

13. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

Good one, agreed!

9. Carlitos

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Thankfully most of this wishlist is already present in One UI from Samsung. Stock android is grossly overrated

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If you have a Samsung flagship you have almost all of this already but when you're number 1 is emoji, your credibility for demographics older then 12 goes out the window.

14. gd761

Posts: 216; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

1. No Video Limit. 2. Integrated 5G chip to Automatically switch between 5G, 4G, 3G, 2G, and Roaming. 3. Volume Limiter to be Set without the Nag Screen. 4. Built-in into the AI Chip - VR, AR, and MR. 5. BT 6.0 to Turn On & Off with Device Specific Signals You Choose to Save Power. 6. New Battery Tech for New Phones for 20 Minute 100Watt Super Charge from 0% to 100% and 10,000 Charger Cycles before ANY Decrease in Performance.

16. akita256

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

When I upgraded from my old Galaxy S4 to a new Galaxy S10 Plus, I noticed there were two features that Samsung decided to delete on the newer phone that I sorely missed. These may be features of my Samsung phone rather than the operating system, but I will mention them anyway. I went from an old version of the operating system to Android 9. If I wanted to send a text message and needed to look up a phone number and pulled up the person's contact info, I would see maybe several phone numbers listed (maybe for work, home, cell, etc.), but there was no designation of which one was the cell phone number. On my S4, each number was tagged so you knew which one to pick. Finally, with Android 10, I noticed that Google has added back this feature. But I dearly wish the second feature that I miss would be added back (by either Samsung or Google.....whichever is responsible). This feature has to do with blocking spam calls. On my old S4, I could block an individual phone number or block any combination of digits of the area code. When I went to my S10 Plus, I realized that I no longer could block digits in area codes. If I block just one phone number, a spammer changes one digit in the number can call again...…...and could keep doing this forever. At least being able to block an entire area code of numbers at one time would block hundreds of thousands of numbers. On my S4 I could block any area code that began or ended with a certain digit or had a particular digit in the center. In this age of spammers calling every single day, I dearly would love to have this ability back in Android 11 without having to download a third part app to do it.

19. XP007

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 21, 2019

I guess that is Samsung's decision not Google because the 2 features you mentioned are still available on my Xiaomi phone with the latest MIUI 11.

20. akita256

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Thanks. That's good to know.

17. XP007

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 21, 2019

I have tried using Nokia 6.1 Plus for about 2 months but I don't like it and go back to using a Chinese phone because Chinese phones already have most of the features mentioned above plus there are some other useful features that can't be found on a phone with stock android or even iPhones.

18. Koltt27

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 23, 2018

Samsung already has a lot of this

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