Android 10 All Set to Hit Pixel Devices, Others
The follow-up to 2018’s Google Android 9 Pie – the first stable version of Android 10 – has officially marked its debut.
Google had earlier announced that the era of using dessert names as the official brand for each major Android release has come to an end. But a new name and branding is not the end – there’ll be quite a lot of new features and upgrades to the operating system as well.
What’s new in Android 10?
Android 10’s focus this year is on enhanced privacy and security. Along with this, there will be some more fun updates that will make the user experience better and possible even allow you to tweak how Android works for you.
The first major upgrade in the OS includes a system-level dark mode, something that Android fans have been asking for years now. With this, users will be able to turn on a dark mode right from Android settings that will help save OLED-powered smartphone’s battery life as well as reduce eye-strain.
Android 10 will also integrate the Smart Reply option across all messaging apps, and won’t limit it to just those created by Google. There will also be an overhauled sharing menu to make it faster and more efficient.
It brings along new, upgraded gesture navigation controls. There will be better fine-tuned permissions. So, if you’ve ever granted an app permission to access your location data, that app gets that permission for good. With Android 10, however, you can grant app permission that only works when the app is open. There’s also a new Privacy section right in Android settings to give you easy control over all sorts of different functions. Android 10 is going to allow certain security updates to come through the Google Play Store, just like traditional app updates.
Android 10 will also have some new Digital Wellbeing features such as Focus Mode and Family Link, to give users more control about how much phone time they have.
When can I expect my upgrade?
Android 10 is rolling out already to all Google Pixel devices, including the budget-oriented Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL and the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Android One devices will probably see the update within the next few months, and phones that participated in the Android 10 beta program should see it before the end of the year as well, including devices from OnePlus, LG, and Huawei.