Google Pixel users in India are ultimately receiving the Android 11 update. The new Android 11 software was released for all suitable Pixel phones last week, but users quickly started to report that India was excluded from this release schedule. Even Google’s OTA update images page that houses Android 11 balanced builds for all the suitable Pixel phones mentioned “all carriers except India” confirming the updates’ initial inaccessibility for Indian users. However, the company is now rolling out the update for Pixel users in India after a short delay.
The tech giant took to the forums to report that the Android 11 rollout has begun for Pixel phone users in India. The new Android 11 update is coming to Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a users.
Android Police (tech news website) has shared a screenshot from a Pixel 4 unit receiving the update in India. While the Pixel 4 series didn’t launch in India, an imported unit that had not got the update last week has received it. Google has also removed the ‘all carriers except India’ mentions on the OTA update image page. Users on Twitter are also reporting on receiving the new software update.
It could still take a while before the update reaches all Pixel units in India. You can still check for the update manually by heading to System > Advanced > System update.
Apart from all the Android 11 features, the update also brings few Pixel-exclusive features. This includes more convenient ways to select text and images and the ability to take a screenshot with new overview actions. The update also brings the ability to rapidly group apps by themes like navigation, photography, news, fitness, and more. Other new features include app suggestions, a new Smart Reply method in Gboard, Live View with Location Sharing in Google Maps, and more.
The new Android 11 update also brings a dedicated space for conversations in messaging apps in the notifications section, built-in screen recording, bubbles for multi-tasking, and so many features.