Android 10 is here! Google has officially introduced its next generation mobile operating system – Android 10. The company will begin rolling out Android 10 update on to Pixel smartphones, which includes Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, starting today and it will be available on smartphones by other smartphone manufacturers later this year.
Android 10, as Google explained in a blog post, will not only power next generation smartphones but it will also support foldable smartphones devices such as Samsung Galaxy Fold and 5G smartphones, which includes the likes of LG V50 5G ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Xiaomi Mi Mix 5G and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G among others. “Android 10 gives you greater protection, transparency, and control over your data,” Google wrote in a blog post.
“We also build new tools that people of all abilities, and help you find the right balance with technology,” Google added in the blog post.
As the Mountain View, California based tech giant mentioned, Android 10 is loaded with features that are aimed at helping users keep their data safe and increase the ease of using Android smartphones. One of biggest and most anticipated features of Android 10 is the dark mode, which can either be enabled for specific app such as Google Photos and Calendar or can be implemented on a system-wide basis. “It’s easier on your eyes, and your phone battery too,” Google wrote.
Apart from the dark mode, Android 10 comes with new gesture navigations that are designed to increase the fluidity between tasks.
The mobile OS, which was formerly called Android Q until Google officially announced that it was abandoning dessert names for good, comes with a bunch of privacy features that are aimed at giving users more control over their data. For starters, users can choose to share their location data with apps only while they are using them – a feature which is already available in iOS 12. Users will also get reminders when an app that they not using actively accesses their location so that they can decide if they want to continue sharing their location.
Android 10 is also big on Google’s Digital Wellbeing features. Digital Wellbeing now includes a special Focus mode, which allows users to select the apps that they find distracting and silence them until they come out of the Focus mode. This feature, however, is available only the beta mode as of now and the interested users need to become beta testers to use this feature.