Everything You Need To Know About Android 10
Android 10 is setting up the stage for 2020 year. It is not so bigger update with a major difference after Android 9 Pie and actually looks the same. But still, it has a lot of improvements, features for Android users. It will be definitely useful for future generations and upcoming 5G smartphones.
Android 10 was officially released on 3 September 2019 and is now available to download for a few smartphones. Google has made Android 10 available for Pixel smartphones as well as a few other companies including Samsung, OnePlus, Nokia, Huawei. Google Pixel smartphones got the latest Android version on the launch date.
Android 10 was also known as Android Q. But Google has decided to stop giving alphabetical dessert names to Android Updates. So after Android Pie, we are getting the next version – Android 10.
So what’s new in Android 10? There are so many new features in it. Google has added dark mode, new gesture navigation, focus mode, privacy mode, and many more features for you. Let’s check the new features of this software in detail.
Android 10 Features:
1. Dark Mode
You are getting Dark Mode (Dark Theme) option in Android 10. Dark Mode swaps the interface colors for darker tones making it easier on your eyes when using your phone in low lighting.
It is limited to a few menus, drawers, Goole Search, Call Log, and few apps. You can activate dark mode from the notification panel. You can switch between a light theme or dark mode by a quick setting button to turn on/off dark mode from the notification panel.
You can also activate dark mode by using the battery saver option. The battery saver option will turn on dark mode and also saves your battery. This option is currently available for Android 9 too.
Dark Mode is very useful for OLED display smartphones. As the screen becomes dark, the pixels of the OLED screen are turned off. This is beneficial for the battery.
2. New Gesture Navigation
Android 10 has a super smooth, full-screen gesture system. Check out the list below to know how to use these new navigation gestures in Android 10.
- Swipe up from the home screen to open the app drawer.
- Swipe up from the bar at the bottom when in an app to go home.
- Swipe up and hold to open the Recent apps menu.
- Swipe right or left on the bar at the bottom to switch between the previous app.
- Swipe diagonally in from one of the bottom two corners to launch Google Assistant.
- Swipe in from the left or right edge to go back.
The general back button is gone. This might be frustrating at the beginning, but you will have to get to use these new gestures. Smartphone companies might keep the back button with their own UI for users.
3. Smart Reply
A Smart Reply is a tool from Google which uses machine learning. It gives or suggests predictive responses and suggested actions to emails and texts. Now, this tool will be available on Android 10.
Now you don’t need to write replies, instead, you just have to select replies suggested by the smart tool. You can quickly respond to texts and emails with these options. This tool also suggests other actions like booking, opening maps, directions, calls, and calendars.
For Example, 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.
4. Live Captions
Live Caption feature applies captions on videos and audios in real-time. You do not need an internet connection, WiFi anymore for captions. This feature applies data from its own speech recognition and NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) data.
Bubbles is another great feature of Android 10 software. Do you use Facebook messenger’s chats head? Bubbles work just like that. The apps will get minimized in the circular head on the screen. So now you can minimize, open, and use more apps like that.
6. Better Security and Data Transparency
In Android 10, Now you can manage all of your privacy settings from one place. You can control Web & App Activity, Location History, and Ad Settings of a particular app.
You can control the location, photos, camera, contact accessibility of the app. You’ll also get a reminder when apps are accessing your location, camera, contacts which will help you always stay in control of the data being accessed on your phone.
Now you can also decide what data is stored, like your Web & App Activity. You can also control how long it is stored.
In Android 10, you’ll get faster regular security updates directly from the Google Play store. Updates will be available in the Google Play store similar to regular apps updates. This will be very useful to keep your phone updated.
7. Focus Mode
Android 10 comes with focus mode which lets you customize which apps you want to silence. It is a very useful feature when you don’t want to get disturbed while working on something.
8. Digital Wellbeing
This is one of the best features of Android 10. You can use Digital Wellbeing for parental controlling for linked smartphones and apps, use App Timers.
1. Family Link
Family Link parental controls make it easy for parents to establish healthy digital habits for their kids. When setting up a child’s phone, the Family Link feature lets parents connect it to their own device. From then on, parents can use the control panel on their phones to check which apps their kids want to install, set daily screen time limits, view app activity and manage content restriction, manage apps, see device location.
2. Site and App Timers
Timers let you set daily time limits for websites and apps, helping you to better manage how you spend time on your smartphone. Also, you can set goals that you want to reach to find a usage balance that suits you.
8. Sound Amplifier
Now you can use the Sound Amplifier app to enhance audio from your Android device using headphones. You can filter, augment, and amplify sound in the real world. Sound Amplifier app makes audio clearer and easier to hear.
What is the file size of Android 10 to download?
For regular users, the size of Android 10 to update is 1.2 GB (1248.6MB) approximately. It can also vary depending on the different smartphones and security updates installed on your device. After downloading, it takes 20 minutes for a complete installation process.
When will my phone get Android 10 Update?
The new mobile OS has already started rolling out for several phones, but launch schedules for many major handset makers are unknown. You can check the update status in Settings > System > System Update.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, or Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4 has already got the Android 10 on its launch date. Other smartphone phones with Stock Android and Android software will get scheduled updates soon. This includes Nokia, OnePlus, Asus, Essential, LG, Huawei, RealMe, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi smartphones.
Overall, Android 10 is bringing so many new features for future generations. It is compatible with 5G and foldable smartphones. It is also coming with positive changes in its security and privacy settings.