This page summarizes the major features in the Android 11 release, and provides links to additional information. These feature summaries are organized according to the feature's documentation location on this site.
The Android 11 release introduces the API
quotas feature, which limits how often apps can call certain APIs. It's
implemented only in
JobScheduler API calls. Any changes you
make to the preset limits must still pass CTS testing. You can disable and
enable API quotas using the
setEnabled method in
QuotaTracker.java. The default is enabled. Disabling the
feature allows apps to call the affected APIs without limitation.
Unit tests for
QuotaTracker and associated classes are
provided. Detailed documentation is in the comments in the
QuotaTracker class. This feature introduces the new
LimitExceededException public API.
Boot header version 3
Android 11 supports boot header version 3. For details, see Boot Image Header.
Android 11 introduces the concept of the Generic Kernel Image. To enable easily booting an arbitrary device with a Generic Kernel Image, all vendor-specific information is factored out of the boot partition and relocated into a vendor-boot partition. A device launching with Android 11 must support the vendor-boot partition and updated boot partition format to pass testing with the GKI.
Vendor boot header
The vendor boot header can be more than one page.
Product partition interfaces enforcement
Android 11 unbundles the
making it independent of the
vendor partitions. As part of these changes, you can now
control the product partition’s access to native and Java
Android 11 updates the recovery image requirements and includes new release-based options for including a recovery DTBO/ACPIO as part of the boot/recovery image. For details, see Recovery Images.
Android 11 supports soft restarts, which are runtime restarts of processes in the user space used to apply updates that require a reboot (for example, updates to APEX packages).
Android common kernels
Android 11 introduces significant changes to how Android common kernels are developed and integrated.
Android kernel ABI Monitoring
Android 11 introduces ABI Monitoring tooling to stabilize the in-kernel ABI of Android kernels.
Generic Kernel Image
Android 11 introduces the Generic Kernel Image (GKI), which addresses kernel fragmentation by unifying the core kernel and moving SoC and board support out of the core kernel into loadable modules.
Kernel Module support
A Generic Kernel Image (GKI) may not contain the required driver
support to enable a device to mount partitions. To enable a device
to mount partitions and to continue booting, first-stage
init is enhanced to load the kernel modules present on a ramdisk.
The ramdisk is split into generic and vendor ramdisks.
Vendor kernel modules are stored in the vendor ramdisk. The order in
which kernel modules are loaded is configurable.
Android 11 removes platform support for DebugFS and requires that it not be mounted or accessed on production devices. While DebugFS was created for debugging purposes, it has been included in user and usedebug builds for generic and vendor-specific components. DebugFS is being deprecated because it creates:
Unstable and undocumented API. Android depends on well-defined and stable Linux kernel interfaces and HALs to function correctly. VTS tests enforce the presence and correctness of these interfaces. DebugFS can't be enforced because its ABI is neither stable nor documented.
Poor code quality. Because they are for debugging, nodes added to
debugfsaren't reviewed and tested as rigorously as those in other file systems. When bugs are discovered in
debugfs, they are treated as less of a priority, which contributes to security vulnerabilities that originate from
Security vulnerabilities. DebugFS was created with the intention of helping kernel developers debug the system and not with a focus on security.Currently, there is no efficient method to verify that all DebugFS nodes exposed on a production device are secure. Although SEpolicy tightening has reduced the severity of security vulnerabilities originating from
debugfs, disallowing mounting
debugfsis the only way to completely eliminate the attack surface.
In Android 11, VTS enforces that
CONFIG_DEBUG_FS isn't enabled in the device’s kernel
debugfs isn't listed under
ION heaps for GKI
In Android 11, the Android Common Kernel v5.4 introduces a framework for modularizing vendor-specific ION heaps while keeping the core ION driver built in, enabling OEMs to retain ION kernel driver modifications when using the Generic Kernel Image (GKI).
Modular system components
Auto Revoke Permissions
In Android 11, the PermissionsController module can automatically revoke runtime permissions for apps that haven't been used for an extended period of time.
Mainline module updates
Android 11 introduces several new modules and updates several existing modules that were introduced in Android 10.
Runtime resource overlays
Android 11 or higher supports a new mechanism
for RROs. Enhancements include reserved
resource ID space, a
res/xml/overlays.xml file for enumerating target resources, a
Soong build rule for overlays, an
OverlayConfig file for
configuring the mutability, default state, and priority of overlays.
Android 11 supports
VNDK snapshot build artifacts
and vendor snapshots,
which you can use to build
vendor.img regardless of the Android version on
the source tree. This enables mixed versions of images, such as an older vendor
and a newer system image.
Audio capture from FM tuner requires a privileged permission
In Android 11, audio source
MediaRecorder.AudioSource.RADIO_TUNER is visible
as @SystemApi and using it when capturing audio with
MediaRecorder requires privileged
Starting in Android 11, the device manufacturers have the ability to automatically attach and enable specific audio effects when a given audio device is selected for audio capture or playback.
Device type limit
In Android 11, we have removed the limit on the number of audio device types to allow new audio device types to be added.
Android 11 features stricter enforcement of sound trigger HAL implementations at runtime than lower versions.
To learn about new Automotive features and enhancements, see Automotive Release Details.
USB Port Reset API
Device manufacturers can implement the USB Port Reset API in Android 11 to reset the USB gadget connection with connected hosts.
Starting in Android 11, the Android platform supports camera bokeh implementations and provides APIs to make the bokeh feature available to third-party apps.
In Android 11, an app can use a camera's zoom
(digital and optical) through the
ANDROID_CONTROL_ZOOM_RATIO setting. This setting is a
floating point factor that allows for better precision for zoom
as compared to using integer values with the
ANDROID_SCALER_CROP_REGION setting and it allows for
zooming out (< 1.0f).
Concurrent camera streaming
Starting in Android 11, the Camera2 API includes methods that apps can call to determine if the cameras support concurrent streaming and which stream configurations are supported.
Improved camera support for Android virtual devices
- RAW capture
- YUV reprocessing
- Level 3 devices
- Logical camera support
- Depth only camera support
This emulated camera HAL can be found at
Multi-camera best practices
To fully take advantage of features enabled by multi-camera while maintaining
app compatibility, follow these best practices
when implementing a logical multi-camera device. This includes best practices
on using the
ANDROID_CONTROL_ZOOM_RATIO API introduced in
Android 11 introduces support for system cameras
permission. System cameras allow you to implement camera features
that can be used on privileged or system apps but aren't available to
third-party public apps.
Bluetooth and NFC
NFC off-host payment synchronization
Android supports NFC card emulation with a secure element for off-host card emulation but it's possible that the preferred payment service specified in the Tap & pay setting isn't synchronized with the app in the secure element.
Android 11 addresses this issue with off-host payment synchronization, a mechanism that allows you to synchronize the payment configuration in Tap & pay, the routing configuration on the contactless front-end (CLF), and the app-selected state in the secure element.
Quick Access Wallet
The Quick Access Wallet feature allows the user to access payment cards and relevant passes directly from the power menu.
Calling and messaging
Emergency call behavior
Android 11 introduces changes to how emergency calls are handled to better support carrier requirements. The behavior for handling emergency calls is described below:
- When a user places an emergency call while on an ongoing
call, depending on how the
KEY_ALLOW_HOLD_CALL_DURING_EMERGENCY_BOOLkey is set, the device automatically disconnects the ongoing call or places the ongoing call on hold and disallows swapping back to the ongoing call until the emergency call is disconnected.
- During an emergency call, incoming calls are automatically rejected and are displayed as missed calls to the user. During an active emergency call, outgoing nonemergency calls can't be placed.
- In emergency callback mode, placing a nonemergency call causes the device to exit emergency callback mode. If an emergency call is placed, the device re-enters emergency callback mode when the call ends. Incoming calls don't cause the device to exit emergency callback mode.
- Active emergency calls can't be swapped or held.
Updatable emergency number database
Android 11 introduces an emergency number database that can be updated through OTA updates. The database contains a list of emergency phone numbers with corresponding countries and service categories.
eSIM activation flow through carrier app
Android 11 improves the process of activating an eSIM profile through a carrier app. When using an activation code to download a profile, the LPA can launch the carrier app's user interface to retrieve additional information from the user. The carrier app can also launch the LUI to activate an eSIM profile.
For more information, see:
- Starting the carrier app UI in the LPA activation flow
- Launching the LPA activation flow in a carrier app
eUICC API error handling
Android 11 introduces additional keys and values to improve error handling by allowing the caller of the eUICC API to handle specific errors individually.
Option parameter for the erase subscriptions method
Starting from Android 11, when using the
eraseSubscriptions method in
you should provide an
value to specify
whether to erase all test, operational, or both types of subscriptions.
Multi-operator network support
Devices launching with Android 11 can provide support for multiple public land mobile networks (PLMNs). Multi-PLMN support provides flexibility to mobile network operators (MNOs) by allowing them to broadcast multiple identities.
Small cell support
Devices launched with Android 11 can provide support for closed subscriber groups (CSGs) through methods in the cell identification APIs that get information about a cell's CSG information. This is useful for mobile network operators (MNOs) that manage small cells through closed subscriber groups.
Connectivity Diagnostics API
The Connectivity Diagnostics API allows apps that own or manage networks, such as carrier apps, VPN apps, and Wi-Fi suggestion apps, to receive diagnostic network connectivity information from the framework.
Open Mobile API changes
Android 11 introduces additional functionality for Open Mobile API (OMAPI):
- Parsing rules for carrier privileges.
Customizing embedded Secure Element (eSE) access or provision an eSE using one or more of the following:
Providing readers a clear indicator for apps to filter device capabilities.
Signal strength reporting
In Android 11, you can select and customize multiple signal measurement types for the framework to use to report the signal strength of 4G LTE and 5G NR radio access networks (RANs). You can then use the reported signal strengths to control how signal bars are displayed on your devices.
Carrier Wi-Fi network configurations
In Android 11, you can use the Wi-Fi
suggestion API to add carrier Wi-Fi network configurations
of configuring the
carrier_wifi_string_array parameter in
the carrier config manager.
Wi-Fi hotspot (soft AP) support for tethering
Android 11 introduces improved Wi-Fi hotspot (soft AP) configuration, providing more support for carrier use cases and customizations. These changes let device manufacturers configure the following:
- SSID and BSSID
- Security type (including WPA3)
- Hidden SSID
- Operating band and channel (including ACS)
- Maximum number of allowed clients
- Autoshutdown timeout value
- Allowlist and blocklist to allow user control of associated devices
Wi-Fi network selection enhancements
Android 11 introduces enhancements to Wi-Fi network selection to improve Wi-Fi network connectivity.
Wi-Fi Passpoint enhancements
Android 11 introduces the following enhancements to the Passpoint feature:
- Profile expiration support allowing the system to notify the
user and enforce profile expiration dates. This requires a profile
- Support for private, self-signed CA certificates for Passpoint R1 profiles.
- Support for Passpoint R1 profiles with no CA certificate. The system uses the default trust store to authenticate the connection.
- Support for configuring a named AAA domain separately from
ANQP FQDN (using the
Extension/Androidnode in PPS-MO). This allows you to specify an AAA domain that is different from the advertised domain without compromising connection security.
- Support for multiple installed Passpoint configurations with the same FQDN. This is useful for carriers that deploy more than one combination of mobile country code (MCC) and mobile network code (MNC) on their network, but has only a single FQDN.
- Ability to detect and accept Passpoint R3 access points.
- Improved network matching:
- Supports home provider matching for
- Supports home provider matching for
- Removes EAP method matching requirement that isn't required by the Passpoint specification.
- Supports home provider matching for
Wi-Fi profiles improved common name support
In Android 11, Wi-Fi profiles remain valid
when a root certificate authority (CA) of a carrier changes if the
common name is specified in the optional
extension subtree. In previous versions, users must
download a new profile from the carrier if the root CA changes.
Data access auditing
Android 11 introduces data access auditing, allowing app developers to better identify how their apps and dependencies access private data (such as location and camera data) from users. For complex, multipurpose apps, developers can define attribution tags to identify different parts of the app.
For more information, see Data access auditing.
Bubbles notification API updates
Android 10 introduced the Bubbles notification API, which let users easily multi-task from anywhere on their device. Android 11 includes several Bubbles enhancements. The most notable changes are turning Bubbles on by default and moving the settings out of developer options. No work is required to implement Bubbles in the Android platform.
The Device Controls feature, available starting in Android 11, allows the user to quickly view and control external devices such as lights, thermostats, and cameras from the Android power menu. Device aggregators (for example, Google Home) and third-party vendor apps can provide devices for display in this space. No platform implementation work is required to support this feature. The default implementation is included in the AOSP System UI. For information about adding support for device controls to your control app, see the Control external devices Android developers page.
Text classifier updates
Android 11 introduces an
updatable default implementation of the text classifier service
that is in the
ExtServices Mainline module. Device manufacturers are recommended to
use this implementation of
TextClassifierService as it
can be updated through Mainline OTA updates.
Work profile improvements
Android 11 contains privacy and usability enhancements for work profiles, designed to address key usability challenges. It's crucial that these improvements are implemented consistently across the ecosystem.
IT administrators who support Android must support the experience on any Android device their users bring to work. Improving UX consistency of critical workflows significantly decreases the cost of supporting Android in BYOD environments. Consistent implementation of privacy features across devices also increases user confidence. Some updates include:
- The apps list has separate tabs labeled Personal and Work.
- The work tab has a toggle to turn off work profile.
- When the work profile is turned off, work app icons turn gray and an overlay on the work tab says that Work apps are paused.
Context Hub Runtime Environment updates
Android 11 introduces CHRE API v1.4, which includes support for 5G cell information, nanoapp debug dump, and other improvements. It also includes support for using TensorFlow Lite for Microcontrollers in nanoapps. For more information, see Context Hub Runtime Environment (CHRE).
Android 11 includes a new guide about implementing haptics and assessing haptics performance on your device.
Android 11 adds support for third party gaming controllers including:
Nintendo Switch Pro controller: Android adds support for both USB and Bluetooth connectivity for the Nintendo Switch Pro controller. CTS testing is required for all implementations, use
NintendoSwitchProTestto validate your implementation.
Steam controller: Android adds USB connectivity for the Steam controller.
To encourage adoption of the NNAPI by app developers, follow these best practices when implementing an NNAPI driver on devices running Android 11.
In Android 11, the NNAPI adds two control flow operations,
take other models as arguments and execute them conditionally
IF) or repeatedly (
WHILE). This allows for
constructing models that execute different
operations based on the input values or execute operations multiple
times without unrolling.
In Android 11, NNAPI
allows executions to wait for a list of
sync_fence object, which is signaled when the
execution is completed. This reduces overhead for small sequence
models and streaming use cases. Fenced execution also allows for more
efficient interoperability with other components that can signal or
For devices running Android 11 or higher, NNAPI supports memory domains that provide allocator interfaces for driver-managed buffers. This allows for passing device native memories across executions, suppressing unnecessary data copying and transformation between consecutive executions on the same driver.
Quality of service
Starting in Android 11, the NNAPI offers improved quality of service (QoS) by allowing an app to indicate the relative priorities of its models, the maximum amount of time expected for a model to be prepared, and the maximum amount of time expected for an execution to be completed.
Signed 8-bit quantization
The Neural Network HAL (NN HAL) 1.3, introduced in Android 11, supports signed 8-bit quantization for the Neural Networks API. For more information, see NN HAL updates in Android 11.
Android 11 includes a testing utility to perform fuzz testing on NNAPI driver implementations and a series of crash tests to validate the resilience of drivers under heavy usage conditions.
For more information, see:
Hinge angle sensor type
Android 11 introduces a hinge angle sensor type to represent a sensor that measures the angle between two integral parts of a device.
Sensors Multi-HAL 2.1
Sensors Multi-HAL 2.1, available on Android 11, is an iteration of Sensors Multi-HAL 2.0, which supports loading sub-HALs that can expose the hinge angle sensor type. To support this sensor type, sub-HALs must use the sub-HAL APIs defined in the 2.1 SubHal header.
Android 11 simplifies the MediaDrm/Crypto IPC path
through MediaDrmService removal. A new
MediaDrm API is added to enumerate available DRM plugins.
Low latency decoding in MediaCodec
Android 11 includes MediaCodec 2.0 to enable media decoding with low latency, which is critical for real-time apps.
Update to AOSP Gallery app requirements
Starting in Android 11, the AOSP Gallery app isn't
required to support the
application/sdp MIME type for the
ACTION_VIEW intent filter for the
application/sdp MIME type has been removed from the
AOSP Gallery app manifest file.
These requirements are documented in section 126.96.36.199. Core Application Intents of the CDD.
Android 11 introduces a new killing strategy to prevent memory starvation and performance degradation.
Inattentive sleep for TV standby
In Android 11, a new feature called inattentive sleep is added for TV standby. It's a power-saving feature that allows a user inactivity timeout to be set after which the device goes to sleep, even if wakelocks are held.
Android 11 supports OEMCrypto API version 16.
Android 11 supports scoped storage, which limits app access to external storage. In addition, MediaProvider becomes the file system handler (for FUSE) for external storage, making the file system on external storage and the MediaProvider database consistent.
SDCardFS support is deprecated in Android 11. VTS testing doesn't allow mounted file systems listed as SDCardFS. SDCardFS's functions are replaced by other methods.
Compatibility Test Suite (CTS)
For Android 11, many new key modules and test changes are introduced for CTS. See CTS Release Notes for more information.
CTS tests for APEX management APIs
Starting with Android 11,
CtsShimApex package contains two prebuilt apps
that CTS uses to test privileges and permissions.
If your device doesn't support APEX package management or if the device is running version 10 or lower, the two prebuilt apps must be preinstalled in the system separately.
For more details, see CTS shim packages.
CTS Release Notes
Android 11 introduces many new key modules and test changes.
Scoped vendor logging
Android 11 adds a new HAL, IDumpstateDevice (version 1.1). This HAL exposes new methods to more tightly scope vendor logs that are included in standard bug reports, as well as to allow user builds to turn vendor logging on and off (the default for user builds is off). This gives OEMs more control over what gets included in particular types of bug reports.
GWP-ASan: heap corruption detection
GWP-ASan is a native memory allocator feature that helps find use-after-free and heap-buffer-overflow bugs in both 32- and 64-bit processes.
GWP-ASan is automatically enabled in Android 11 for system applications and platform executables. Please do not disable it in the platform, and enable it in your apps.
Dynamic System Update (DSU) Enhancements
Android 10 includes enhancements to Dynamic System Updates (DSU), including:
- A new frontend, the one-click DSU loader
- Support for multiple-partition DSUs
- OEM-signed DSUs, for enhanced security
- New ways to manage compatibility between DSUs and devices
OTA packages for multiple SKUs
Android 11 or higher supports using a single OTA package for multiple devices with different SKUs. Doing so requires configuring the target devices to use dynamic fingerprints and updating the OTA metadata (using OTA tools) to include the device name and fingerprint in the pre and post condition entries.
Signing builds for release
Several CLI commands for signing builds for release are changed in Android 11.
Vendor Test Suite (VTS) 11
Android 11 Vendor Test Suite (VTS) provides extensive testing on the kernel and the hardware abstraction layer (HAL).
Android 11 unifies A/B updates and non-A/B updates by providing virtual A/B. Virtual A/B brings seamless updates to devices while minimizing the cost of storage.
Scudo heap allocator by default
Starting in Android 11, the scudo heap allocator is used for for all native code (except on low-memory devices, where jemalloc is still used). So you no longer need to enable scudo on a per-binary basis. For more information about scudo, see the Scudo page.
Android 11 supports Media conditional access systems (Media CAS) framework for Android TV, which provides standard Java APIs for third-party developers and OEMs. See CAS Framework for more details.
For Android 11, users can implement multimedia tunneling with audio and video content directly fed from Tuner.
Android 11 supports Tuner Framework for Android TV, which delivers A/V content using Tuner HAL, Tuner SDK API, and Tuner Resource Manager.
TV Input Framework
The Android TV Input Framework (TIF) simplifies delivery of live content to Android TV, providing a standard API for manufacturers to create input modules for controlling Android TV, and enabling live TV search and recommendations. Android 11 introduces three new components to TIF.