Google’s pushed a new version of Android 11 to the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5 and the software brings some much-needed bug fixes with it.
Android 11 has been out for several months now and we continue to see numerous complaints about bugs and performance issues.
The company’s addressed some of these problems in a new version of Android 11. The March Pixel update patches up a number of lingering problems plaguing the operating system.
In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of Android 11 problems. We’ll also provide you with some potential fixes, show you where to find feedback about the Android 11 update, show you where to report bugs, and tell you about what’s coming next from Google.
Prepare for the Update
You might be tempted to install the latest version of Android 11 right now. However, before you tap download, make sure you prepare yourself, and your device, for the move.
You can’t predict exactly how the software will run on your Pixel. Some of you might see a performance boost, others will run into bugs or performance issues. Preparing for the installation will help you cut down the number of potential issues you might encounter.
We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the pre-installation process we use before we install new Android software on our Pixel devices.
If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process, you’ll want to make sure all of your files are all properly backed up.
Data loss issues are rare these days, but this is still an important step to take before you make the transition from Android 10 to Android 11 or from one version of Android 11 to another.
Pixel Android 11 Problems
Some Pixel users are running into installation issues. If you’re experiencing issues with the Android 11 installation process, take a look at our guide.
Pixel users are also complaining about a variety of other problems including connectivity issues, issues with first and third-party applications, abnormal battery drain, UI lag, sound issues, multitasking problems, issues with media controls, and a whole lot more.
Android 11 reportedly breaks support for gaming controllers including Sony’s DualShock 4 control and Google’s own Stadia controller. The issue has been ongoing for months and it’s unclear when, or even if, Google will release a solution.
We expect the list of Android 11-related problems to grow as more people download and install the latest version of the operating system.
Where to Find Feedback & Report Problems
We’ll start to see more feedback about the Android 11 update on sites like Twitter and YouTube.
Short-term feedback is extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from Android 11 users if you’re feeling leery about the move to the operating system.
How to Fix Pixel Android 11 Problems
The March Pixel Android 11 update brings several key bug fixes to the Pixel series. Here’s the full list:
If encounter problems on your Pixel you can’t rely on Google to fix them. New Android 11 builds won’t come every week and every new release will have its own set of problems.
If you encounter a bug or performance issue, you’ll want to try fixing it on your own before getting in touch with Google’s customer service.
We haven’t heard anything about Android 11.1 yet. And given that Google failed to release Android 10.1, there’s a good chance we won’t see a big maintenance update in 2021.
The only Android 11 software updates on our radar right now are Google’s monthly updates. These updates always bring new security patches and bug patches. And that means the next batch of bug fixes for Android 11 issues will likely roll out in March.
We expect Google’s April Android 11 update to roll out early next month. The company almost always rolls its monthly updates out on the first Monday. If you’re dealing with Android 11 issues keep your eyes out for it.
If your device is really struggling on Android 11, you might try downloading Google’s new Android 12 Developer Preview. While most people should wait for the Android 12 beta, the Developer Preview is certainly an option.
You can always move your phone back to Android 11 if you don’t like Android 12’s performance.
Wait Because the Galaxy S21 Launch is Close
A report from SamMobile claims the Galaxy S21 series will launch in early January with a release in late January or February.
These reports have been backed by a different report out of Korea. This one claims that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S21 series in January with a release coming later in the month.
Leaker Jon Prosser, who has leaked accurate information about unreleased products in the past, says the Galaxy S21 is slated to launch on January 14th.
Prosser also says pre-orders will start on January 14th followed by a release a few weeks later on January 29th.
A report from Reuters throws its weight behind the early release. The publication says Samsung "may launch its flagship Galaxy S smartphones more than a month earlier than expected in a bid to grab market share from Huawei and fend off competition from Apple."
An unnamed Samsung official says because "the market environment is changing rapidly, it is true that it is not possible to guarantee whether the usual unpacking schedule will continue as it is."
Samsung India has also confirmed the Galaxy S21 launch for January 14th. And in a bit of surprise, the company says it's now taking pre-orders for the unannounced devices.
Everything is pointing to an arrival in January. So if you're interested in a new Galaxy S device, you might want to put your credit card away and wait.
One additional note: It looks like the Galaxy S21 series will debut by itself. Korean media believes Samsung's new flagship foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip 2, will arrive later in Q1.
This is notable because the original Galaxy Z Flip debuted alongside the Galaxy S20 series.
So if you're interested in a new Galaxy flagship, and you want to compare the Galaxy S21 to Samsung's new foldable, you might have to wait even longer.
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