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Pixel Owners Need Not Wait for Some of Those Android 11 Features

Any post about Android updates is going to be meet with some snarky folks say "ummmm, Android updates are like a year late if they come at all 🤓" Yes, we get it, iOS is much better at getting updates to more devices faster, but hey, people own Pixels and for them this isn't a problem. Let's try and talk with out reverting to fanboy stuff?

Aaaaaanyway...

Just over a week ago, the first Android 11 developer beta came out and I remarked on how many features looked like iOS features. Based on iOS and Android getting closer together in terms of feature parity, this isn't a huge surprise, but what is a surprise is that Pixel owners get a lot of those updates today.

Google has been doing these "feature drops" for a few months now, and this one brought along a few features we first saw in the Android 11 beta:

  1. Play/pause through Motion Sense gestures.
  2. "Rules" for making your phone change some settings based on location or Wifi networks.
  3. Cards & Passes for a more Apple Wallet-style experience.
  4. Dark mode scheduling based on sunrise/sunset (so hard coded times yet, though).
  5. New emoji.

None of these are tent-pole features, but they are all quite nice (except you, Motion Sense) and make the phone experience a bit better. This is just nice for Pixel owners since they don't need to wait for the fall to get all the new goodies they first saw in a beta.

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