The new Android 10 that will transform your phone
Android Q is Android 10, and it's available right now.
The gigantic and much anticipated released of Android’s new operating system Android 10 has finally taken place. Initially, on September 3rd 2019, it was solely released only for Google Pixels phones. But finally the major update was introduced as Android Q and now it has been rebranded as Android 10. After all, it is way easier to grasp users by switching to numbers.
According to the viewpoint of Google’s VP of product management for Android, Sameer Samat, “As a global operating system, it’s important that these names are clear and relatable for everyone in the world. We think this change helps make release names simpler and more intuitive for our global community.”
With Android 10 update, Google brings variety of refreshing features that has listed on its official page for new software. From many of them, the most awaited system-wide dark mode is the crucial shift from Android Pie. Besides this, iOS like gestures navigation along with privacy control & Focus Mode to shut the notifications off when you’ve to get the things done. Many more is included in the list, here is our rundown of all the best features you can expect to see in Android 10.
Users have long been asking for a dark mode, and Google has finally answered. You’ll be able to have the entire system in a darker hue and the idea is to make it easier on your eyes and save battery life, particularly on OLED phones, though the claims that dark reduces eye strain are unproven. Turning on the dark theme is pretty straightforward: just pull down the Quick Settings tile or access the display section in the phone’s settings. Also, the mode will automatically activate when an Android 10 phone is switched to battery-saving mode.
At launch, this feature will likely be limited to Google’s own apps, such as Gmail, Calendar and Photos, but the company is offering developers an API for enabling dark themes so they can make sure their apps follow the rest of the operating system.
A standard depth format
Android Q also brings a new depth format, dubbed the Dynamic Depth Format, it is good for depth editing in loads of third party apps. It will allow apps to request a Dynamic Depth image that entails JPEG, XMP metadata linked to depth related elements. Android 10 also makes depth and confidence map embedded in the same file on devices that advertise support. Moreover, Google has also confirmed that new format for third party apps tweak depth data in to create special blur and bokeh options. Hopefully, third party developers clinch this new Google-pushed standard.
Enhanced location and privacy tools
Features of Android 10 are included a new dedicated location section too in your phone’s privacy settings giving users more control over the location data they share with apps. It implies, users can share location data with apps only when they’re in use, either all the times or not at all and receive reminders when an app uses their location in background. It also opt an option to ad retargeting and personalization and all privacy settings, i.e. web and app activity, location, app permission are now in the place.
This feature won’t be live at launch, sadly. By tapping the volume button and the icon below the volume slider, Live Caption will automatically add subtitles to videos, audio messages, podcasts - and even for personalized or recorded audios. All this has created through machine learning and will appear as soon as speech is detected, without the need of data connection or Wi-Fi. The text box can be expanded, dragged and moved around the screen and will come in handy for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or when listening to audio in a noisy environment.
Android 9 has already introduced us with Digital Wellbeing feature to manage how often you look at your device and provides tools for reducing interruptions. Android 10 continues the latter half of this mission with a new Focus Mode that lets you block certain apps when it’s time to concentrate. Select the apps you see as potential distractions and they’ll be inaccessible when focus mode is turned on. Additionally, Android 10 will link your Family link parental controls to all devices with digital wellbeing features. It means parents’ can also set limits on certain apps and give bonus time as if their kids need to use a particular app just a little bit longer.
At time Android phone owners are required to wait for the software updates from the manufacturer, as most of the phones either have tweaked or skinned version of Android. This is not helpful but Google surely hopes to ease this process a little with the Project Mainline. What Project Mainline does is that it takes away the key elements of the Android operating system and it makes them updateable through Google Play. This way you will be getting the critical updates way easily, straight from Google, instead of waiting for LG or Samsung for dropping a system update. Even though there will be still some wait to get some major new OS features on the phone, but still it is a good start somewhere.
Smart reply everywhere
The smart reply feature from Google is quite fun as it instantly offers the words or emoji and serves up quick-tap response options for the messages which are very much on-point. With the launching of Android 10, you can easily access these with any of the messaging apps, be it Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp or Single. These are the contextual response buttons, which can be still ignored and users can choose tapping out a full response, but who would want to miss the fun and save some of their time.