Android 11 is still on track to be released later this year following beta delays and it brings with it a host of new features. Apparently, it would also include the upgraded power menu it Google began building up on this year’s Pixel smartphones, but the Android 11 version will also have smart home controls.
Google changed the look of the power menu in Android 10 and earlier releases, but with a feature drop for its Pixel smartphones Google introduced a useful new feature — “Cards and Passes.” This added a user’s Google Pay credit / debit cards to the power menu so they could quickly be transferred between at the payment terminal without digging into the full app.
Google is bringing this upgraded power menu to all Android smartphones in Android 11, according to a leaked document (tweeted by Misaal Rahman) detailing new features in “Android R”
This modified power menu design in Android 11 will integrate the Pixel ‘s quick Wallet, but open the API to any application like Google Pay. Samsung may technically follow this as an example for Samsung Pay.
Google is also introducing “Quick Controls” below the “quick access Wallet” in the Android 11 power menu. These controls are user-customizable and, based on the document we’ve seen, it looks as if they will provide controls for smart home products as well as other options in Android itself. Nonetheless, the smart home controls certainly seem the priority of Google. These controls, as seen below, include lights, locks, the thermostat and even live-view cameras. And yeah, yes.
By the look of things, Google is developing this feature for Android 11 smartphones in general, not just its own Pixel series which will see these features launch first, of course. It’ll be fascinating to see if other OEMs and apps adopt these features over time, but that’s certainly a big reason for us to be excited about Android 11 right now.