Android 11 won't kill off Bluetooth if you're on Airplane Mode

Android 11 won’t kill off Bluetooth if you’re on Airplane Mode

The Android 11 Developer Preview brought about a surge of news. Now, other information surfaces that might just be good news to many.

Want to hear that news?

Android 11 won’t be killing off Bluetooth when you are on Airplane Mode anymore. It now seems that you can continuously listen to audio on your Bluetooth even if you want to be cut off from the outside world.

Android 11: Use Bluetooth even while on Airplane Mode

Android 11: Use Bluetooth even while on Airplane Mode
Android 11: Use Bluetooth even while on Airplane Mode

Being able to use Bluetooth while on Airplane Mode is already a big deal. On Android 10, this move is not even possible. If you enable Airplane Mode, Bluetooth will automatically be cut off.

Listening to your jam over the Bluetooth speakers? Unfortunately, that will be cut off too.

Once Airplane Mode has been disabled, you will need to turn on Bluetooth and start with whatever you are listening to all over again.

Android 11 brings in new information: Use Bluetooth even while on Airplane Mode
Android 11 brings in new information: Use Bluetooth even while on Airplane Mode

This feature is already live in the Android 11 Developer Preview already. You can try it out for yourself: enable Airplane Mode while still being connected with Bluetooth and let us see what happens.

And something to look forward to…

This feature will likely stay around in the stable build too.

Admittedly, this is not a ground-breaking feature Google has added, but there is no denying that it is a useful one. And not only that, it saves you some time because you do not have to set the Bluetooth all up.

But an important thing to remember though, if nothing is connected to your Bluetooth by the time you enable the Airplane Mode, then Bluetooth will be disabled.

Thanks to the folks from XDA Developers, they spotted an AOSP Gerrit entry referencing a new ‘context-aware Bluetooth airplane mode’

More on the Android 11 features

More on the Android 11 features
More on the Android 11 features

Currently, Android 11 Developer Preview is only available on Pixel smartphones and developers. So, it is still unclear if enabling the Airplane Mode would affect devices that are connected to the Bluetooth.

The aforementioned commit specifically mentioned that a media device must be connected through A2DP or the hearing aid profile. Then, your fitness band or smartwatch may be disabled.

Additionally, Android 11 will also allow you to enable ‘Dark Mode’ at certain times of the day. And that is not it, screen recording will also be a part of the package.

The latest Android 11 brings in a dedicated ‘Conversations’ section to notifications.

Android 11 Developer Preview teases new features that will be useful in stable builds
Android 11 Developer Preview teases new features that will be useful in stable builds

Are you familiar with Facebook’s Chat Heads? Well, Chat Bubbles will make a debut on the Android 11. However, for it to happen, developers will need to allow it though.

With the updated version of the operating system, new privacy features will also be added, while you will be able to have ongoing conversations via notification shade.

Furthermore, Android 11 also allows users to send images via the notification share, as part of those conversations. How convenient would that be, right?

When exactly is the Android 11 coming?

That is probably the question that is commonly asked nowadays. We already know that there are still new features lining up for release. But when are we getting our hands on them?

A stable build of Android 11 is set to come in Q3 2020. But before that time arrives, Google is expected to release two more Developer Preview as well as three betas.

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