Last month, the Indian smartphone OEM shared its Android 11 roll out plan. And according to the details, the update was planned to release starting 25th July. But for some anonymous reason, it took two more weeks to release the update. Today, the company has released Android 11 update for Lava Z4, Lava Z6, and myZ (customized) phones.
The Z-series phones were announced in January with Android 10 OS. It’s a time for the first and most probably the last OS upgrade for Lava Z-series smartphone owners. This update may weigh higher in size in comparison to the previous updates, I suggest you to connect your smartphone to Wi-Fi for fast downloading. For now, the update is in rolling phase and will be available to everyone within a few days.
The company has confirmed roll out information by sharing a tweet. And as per the tweet, the update is going to bring enhancements to notification management, privacy, and system. Apart from that, users can also use the essential features of Android 11, such as, upgraded Media Controls, built-in screen recorder, chat bubbles, dark mode scheduling, and more. Here’s the complete changelog share by the company.
Android 11 Update for Lava Z4, Z6, and myZ – Changelog
1. Managing Conversation & notifications
In Android 10, the notification drawer contains all your notifications in a seemingly-haphazard list. Certain apps tend to get prioritized and shot to the top of the list, but there doesn’t appear to be any specific reason why. Meanwhile, lower-priority notifications get moved down to the silent section, which doesn’t send out any alerts. In Android 11, that system changes. There are now three notification categories: Conversations, Alerting, and Silent.
- The Conversations section, houses all your conversations meaning any app where you are directly communicating with someone else, including text messages and chats within other apps. You can also prioritize conversations and apps within this section. This would allow you to give a higher priority to messages from a specific person. These priority notifications appear on your lock screen as well ensuring that you never miss notifications related to your important daily interactions.
- The Alerting and Silent sections act as they have before in Android 10. You can also easily silence notifications from certain apps, which would push all future notifications to the Silent section.
2. Built-in Screen Recorder
This just gives you an additional easy access to recording anything being done on the screen. So now a user doesn’t need to download an app specifically for this.
3. Media Controls
If you are playing music on your Android 10 phone, a music player appears at the top of your notifications drawer. With Android 11, that section of the drawer is now reserved for conversations, so the media player has been moved to the Quick Settings section. When you swipe down your notification drawer, the media controller will be pretty small. It will show you the app it’s related to, cover art, basic controls, and on which system the media is playing. If you pull down again on the drawer, the alert expands and shows the information you see in the image above. This will make it incredibly easy to switch from your phone speaker to your Bluetooth headphones, for example.
If you don’t want the player up there anymore? You can swipe it away just like you used to. You can also tweak Android 11’s settings so that the player automatically vanishes when you have stopped listening to music
4. User Privacy: One time permission and auto- reset
This is very important when it comes to privacy of the users. This will give users more control over their privacy. In android 10, it asks a user permission only when they first install an app. But in this case, it asks you permission before every session. It depends on the user is they want to give permission every time separately or for all times. If the user uses the first option, the permission gets revoked as soon as that app is closed. So the user’s data is always safe.
5. Chat bubbles
It is something like Facebook messenger, where a chat head appears on the phone that comes on top of any other app being used at that time. It is a quick way to access user’s messages and remove them when not needed.
6. Tools that predict what a user want
- Smart reply: The phone devices replies to be sent for a text on the basis of your usage
- Smart folders: This is for a user to organize their apps in folders like Work, Fitness, Food, Games etc.
3P Performance optimizations: The phone’s camera works even better on 3rd party photo sharing apps like Snapchat and Instagram.
8. Notification History
This feature is to restore any swiped notifications that might have been swiped by mistake. You can check those notifications received in the last 24 hours. But this feature is not ON by default and has to be done so by following the below mentioned path
Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications > Notification history
9. Dark mode scheduling
After the simplistic Dark mode in Android 10, this time android gives an option to schedule it as per your requirement. Users can schedule the dark theme using one of two different metrics:
- Users can schedule a dark theme to turn on or off when the sun sets or rises.
- Users can also set up a custom schedule for dark mode activation if you wish.
10. Digital wellbeing
Bedtime mode: Bedtime mode quiets your phone when it’s time to go to sleep. Schedule it to run automatically or while your phone charges as you rest. Your screen switches to Greyscale and your notifications go silent with Do Not Disturb.
Clock: The new bedtime feature in Clock helps you set a healthy sleep schedule. Track screen time at night and fall asleep to calming sounds. Then wake up to your favorite song. Or use the Sunrise Alarm that slowly brightens your screen to start the day.
If you’re using Lava Z4, Z6, or any myZ customized phone, then you can move to the Settings > About Phone > System Update, then check the new updates. If there’s a new update available, simply tap on download and install. In case, the update is not showing on your phone, then wait for a few days.
Before updating your smartphone, make sure to take a backup of important data and charge your device to at least 50%.
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