Google revealed last Thursday about its latest Android software which was previously named as Android Q. But now Google changed its name and simplified it as Android 10.
Sameer Samat, vice president of product management for Android says “As a global operating system, it’s important that these names are clear and relatable for everyone in the world. So, this next release of Android will simply use the version number and be called Android 10,”.
In the new update, Google mainly focuses on privacy, and it is the first time in history, that they are doing so. The new update provides a dedicated privacy section in the settings app. Apart from this Google has also announced that Android will get a new logo and colour scheme as part of the revamp.
While no specific date has been announced yet, Android 10 is expected to roll out soon, and right now Google has the operating system available for beta-testing on select phones which includes the likes of Google Pixel, Samsung, Nokia, One Plus series, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Realme & more.
Sign up for Android 10 Beta here.
Features of Android 10
Android 10 will support foldable screens, faster app launches and full-on gesture navigation. There will be a new Bubbles notifications and a slick Live Caption feature, too.
Let’s look at the top features of Android 10:
- Better Privacy Control
Google will be offering new app permissions in Android 10, that gives you more control over the level of information you share with apps. You’ll also be able to control apps access to photos, videos, and audio files using the new runtime permissions.
- System-Wide Dark Mode
Google’s confirmed that Android 10 will have a system-wide dark theme that can be turned on and off at any time through the Quick Settings toggle.
- New Gesture Navigation
Android 10 now features a fully gesture-based method of navigation. Swiping up goes home, a swipe up and hold reveals the multitasking menu, and a swipe from the left or right edge of your screen goes back. In case you don’t like the new gesture navigations, you can disable the gestures and go back to the classic Android navigation buttons.
- New Customizable Theme Options
Being able to customize our phones is what makes Android such a popular OS. With Android 10, you can now tweak the colour highlights in Android 10, making the interface a little more customizable. With this feature, things like the quick access icons and highlights in the settings menu will change colour. In the beta, there are around eight colours available namely blue, black, green, purple, ocean, space, orchid & more, though that might change in the final version of Android 10.
- Live Caption
Android 10 will bring support for live captions, which will show up in real-time over videos. The feature is processed on the device & uses Google’s speech recognition technology. The best part is that no internet connection of any kind is required.
- Faster Sharing Options
The sharing option in android is pretty slow to open no matter what phone you’re using. Thankfully, Android has confirmed that they’ve added “Sharing Shortcuts,” which will allow users to jump directly into an app to share content, like a file or photo thus helping us get rid of the slow-to-load sharing menu and get us straight to sharing.
- Support for Foldable Smartphones
Foldable phones finally hit the market in 2019, and to ensure the experience of these new devices is at it’s best, Google’s optimized Android 10 with specific features and experiences including how apps resize and support for multiple-display app switching.
- Faster Loading Time
With Android 10, smartphones are all set to get a little faster, too. Google is continuing to expand Vulkan within Android and is strengthening ART performance, which should help apps load faster and use less memory once they have loaded.
- New Google Assistant Trigger Gesture
Accessing Google Assistant is easy in Android but they have introduced a new gesture for this. Now users can swipe diagonally from either corner to trigger Google Assistant.
- Easy Wi-Fi sharing with QR codes
With Android 10, you’ll be able to easily share your Wi-Fi details via a QR code. When you select a network name to view more details about the connection, you’ll see an option to share the Wi-Fi details using a QR code. You’ll have to authenticate using a PIN or your biometrics, following which you’ll see a QR code on the screen that lets other devices connect to your Wi-Fi network.
That’s it, folks!! So what do you think of the new Android 10 & it’s featured? Do let us know in the comments below.
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