Google’s Android 11 is out of beta and available for Google’s Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a. The operating system went through extensive testing, but issues have slipped through the cracks into the final release.
After a fairly lengthy wait, Android 11 is live for Pixel devices. The update is pretty extensive and comes with a long list of changes including built-in screen recording, improved notifications, and a variety of under-the-hood improvements.
While some Pixel owners should install the Android 11 update right now, others might benefit from waiting.
Android 11 has been out for a short time, but we’re already hearing and seeing complaints about bugs and performance issues. Some of these issues are brand new, some have carried over from Android 10.
If you’re thinking about downloading the Android 11 update on your Pixel, you should be familiar with these issues before you tap download.
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 Android 11
You might be tempted to install Android 11 right now. However, before you tap download, make sure you prepare yourself, and your device, for the move up from Android 10.
You can’t predict exactly how Android 11 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.
Pixel Android 11 Problems
The beta squashed a number of bugs and performance issues ahead of the public release, but the final version of Android 11 is causing problems for some Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4 users.
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, abnormal battery drain, UI lag, and sound issues.
In particular, Pixel 4a users are running into an assortment of touchscreen bugs. We’ve seen complaints about sensitivity issues and phantom touches. Screen protectors are apparently making the problems worse.
Some users report that taking the screen protector off alleviates at least some of the issues. Other potential fixes for the issues include:
- Restarting the device.
- Rebooting into Safe Mode.
- Clearing cache of different apps.
- Changing accessibility settings.
- Factory reset.
We expect the list of Android 11-related problems to grow as more people download and install the new 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
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 chance we don’t get a big maintenance update in 2020 or 2021.
The only Android 11 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 first batch of bug fixes for Android 11 issues could roll out in October.
We expect Google’s October 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.
Wait for Even Better Performance
You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series.
A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down.
That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life.
91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.
Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.
Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.
The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name.
Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved.
The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.
The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology.
The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.
As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size.
The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump.
The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.
So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships.
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