On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Google officially released the final version of Android 10 available for only Google Pixel phones for now. It has been available in beta mode under the name of Android Q for several months.
This is the first time in 10 years that android mobile operating system doesn’t have a dessert-themed name but don’t worry, some of it’s new features are still pretty sweet.
Now you might be wondering when this version will be available for other Android devices, well Google is promising that it is “working with a number of partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 10 this year.” So we can expect this version of Android will come to other phones faster than before.
There are plenty of new features to look forward to in Android 10.
For getting in the zone and blocking out distractions. Focus mode is now in Beta and lets you select apps to pause temporarily. So if you want to turn off a distracting app to get something done, all you have to do is tap.
Android’s new Dark theme uses true black to keep your battery alive longer and ease the strain on your eyes. Plus, it also changes how your Google apps look, like Calendar and Photos.
With a single tap, Live Caption automatically captions videos, podcasts, and audio messages—even stuff you record yourself. Without ever needing wifi or cell phone data.
In Android 10, you get more than just suggested responses to your messages. You also get recommended actions. So, if a friend asks you out to dinner, your phone will suggest you text “??”. Then, it’ll also pull up directions right in Google Maps. It even works in messaging apps like Signal.
With Sound Amplifier, your phone can boost sound, filter background noise, and fine tune to how you hear best. Listening to podcasts, watching videos, or talking in a busy room — just plug in your headphones and hear everything more clearly.
Gestures are now quicker and more intuitive than ever. Go backwards and forwards, pull up the homescreen, and swipe up to see your open apps. All super smooth.
With Android 10, you’re in control of your privacy. That’s because you get new, smarter controls that let you decide how and when data on your device is shared. So you can rest easy.
With Android 10 now you can decide what data is to be stored and for how long, you can Opt out of ad retargeting and personalization and many more. You can also control when your location is shared with apps: all the time, while in use, or never.
Android devices already get regular security updates. And in Android 10, you’ll get them even faster and easier and without reboiting. With Google Play system updates, important Security and Privacy fixes can now be sent directly to your phone from Google Play, just the same way all your other apps update. So you get these fixes as soon as they are available.
Help guide your kids as they learn, play, and explore online. You can set screen time limits, view app activity, manage apps and content restrictions, and see where they are.