Google Pixel users in India are receiving the Android 11 update finally. The new software was released for all compatible Pixel phones last week, but users reported that India was left out of this release schedule. In fact, Google’s OTA update images page that has Android 11 stable builds for all the eligible Pixel phones stated “all carriers except IN”, which confirmed the updates’ unavailability for Indian users initially. However, now the company is rolling out the update for Pixel users in India as well.
The tech giant announced this news on different forums. The 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.
Even Android Police shared a screenshot from a Pixel 4 unit receiving the update in India. While the Pixel 4 series didn’t launch in India, the imported unit is the one that got the update, according to the Android Police screenshot. Google has also removed the ‘all carriers except IN’ mentions on the OTA update image page. Moreover, Twitter users have confirmed receiving the new software.
However, it could still be a while before the update reaches all Pixel units. If you want to check for the update manually on your phone, head to System > Advanced > System update.
The new update brings few Pixel-exclusive features. This includes convenient ways to select text and images and ability to take a screenshot with new overview actions. The update also brings the ability to quickly group apps by themes like photography, news, navigation, fitness and more. Other new features include app suggestions, Live View with Location Sharing in Google Maps, a new Smart Reply method in Gboard, and more. The 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, etc.