12 March 2020
As expected via previous reports, Google has officially announced the public availability of Android 10. The latest Android version is now out of the extensive beta testing that has was under process for months. It comes loaded with a number of new changes, support for various new technologies, and tons of improvements to make the overall user experience better.
The first thing that you might have noticed is that the new version is called Android 10 without any dessert name like previous versions Android Pie, Android Oreo, Android Nougat, and more. This is because Google has officially ditched the dessert-based naming scheme for public releases and will only be using numbers starting with the current version. It means the next versions will be called Android 11, Android 12, and so on.
- Dark Mode: Yes, you read it right. Android 10 brings system-wide dark mode support which is already available on various Google apps. You should expect more and more apps to start offering dark mode in the future.
- Smart Reply: It will offer reply suggestions based on the text you have received. It will also suggest relevant actions like a shortcut to Google Maps if you have received an address and shortcut to YouTube app for a video on the platform.
- Gesture Navigation: New swipe-based navigation gestures for a more intuitive user experience
- Live Caption: It will automatically show subtitles for audio and video files playing on the device. It is said to work with all apps including your own recorded messages.
- New and Granular Privacy Settings: Android 10 brings improved privacy features with granular settings to offer you even more control over what gets shared and when.
- Project Mainline: This will allow Google to release crucial security patches/fixes directly through the Play Store without having to wait for OEMs to release them. But this will not work on devices that will be upgrading from Android Pie to Android 10.
- New Digital Wellbeing Features: Google's own take on helping users spend less time on their smartphones is getting new features. These include the ability for parents to set limits like daily usage limit, app usage limit for their kids.
As mentioned in the beginning, Android 10 has already started to roll out for all Pixel devices. These include Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, and even the original Pixel and Pixel XL. If you own any of these phones, you can check for the update by visiting Settings -> System -> Advanced -> System Update.
Among non-Google devices, the Essential Phone and Redmi K20 Pro are the only smartphones to have received Android 10 on the same day as the official release. It should be noted that Redmi's release is currently said to be limited to China. OnePlus has also started Android 10 open beta testing for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. It should be releasing the stable version by the end of this month.