Just like clockwork, a new version of Android comes out each year offering better security, better usability, more AI and loads of new features. Let’s see what Android 11 offers.
When you buy a smartphone (other than those with published policies), you are lucky to get any OS upgrade and occasional security updates.
The first cab off the rank is Google’s Pixel that from Pixel 4 onwards gets OS and security updates for three years from release (not purchase). We understand the OS update will eventually get to Pixel 2 and 3 – sorry no timeframe.
The next cab is OPPO (and its siblings realme, vivo and OnePlus). OPPO guarantee two OS updates for its flagship Find and mid-market Reno series phones and at least two years of security patches.
For all other OPPO (and its siblings) models it depends on the phone’s capability. For example, in Q2 2020 it updated its F, R and A series from 2018 onwards to Android 10. OPPO will make a formal announcement on its ColorOS 11 on 14 September.
Samsung has also announced three generations of Android OS updates for its Galaxy series moving forward.
And of course, there are other pure Google Android phones from Nokia and Motorola.
What is new in Android 11?
First, let me be clear that most brands of handsets will not get Android 11. Some makers are still struggling to get recent models to Android 10. That is even more of a problem when you buy from dodgy grey/parallel importers and can’t get a country-specific over-the-air update as well.