There has been a lot of speculation going around from the last few months regarding the Android Q’s name.
Proving the speculation right while releasing the sixth and final beta before the final launch, Google just announced that Android Q will now be called Android 10. Meanwhile, the official release can be expected in a few weeks.
Ever since Android 1.5 Cupcake, almost every version of Android was named after a tasty dessert, however, with Android 10, things are changing. The renaming of Android Q is showing that Google is officially done with dessert names and simply shifting towards simpler numerical naming schemes.
This is how Google supported the renaming move “Google believes that Android is truly global now, and every element of it needs to resonate with all parts of the world. “As a global operating system, it’s important that these names are clear and relatable for everyone in the world,”
Android 10 (previously called Android Q) made its debut in March through the Android beta program and since then Google was regularly releasing updates. This time, there is one dramatic visual change and a lot of goodies in the store in general.
As per the announcement made at Google I/O, the tech giant has added new features to Android 10 including Bubbles, Dark mode, improved privacy settings and there are plenty of features to get excited about. Let’s see what are those features-
All new features in Android 10
1. Dark mode
Earlier, Google made a hype by stating that the dark mode was a toggle in Developer Options which changes the look of Quick Settings, the power menu, the app drawer
(using Pixel Launcher) along with Google-developed apps which ultimately implements dark themes.
However, with Android 10, Dark mode is finally here. And in the final release, the option can come under the “Display” menu in settings. Here, you will find the new “Dark theme” toggle which can be enabled or disabled as per your needs. Furthermore, the dark mode will depend upon on the panel used by the display.
2. The iconic back button is gone
Google is finally abandoning its iconic back button by enabling gesture controls in Android 10. Following up on Pie’s gesture-based navigation that kept the back button around, Android 10 now features a full gesture control procedure of navigation.
By using the gesture control, you can go back by swiping from either the left or right edge of the screen to the center, swiping up goes home, a swipe up and hold is meant for multitasking menu. Meanwhile, you can also adjust the sensitivity by swiping.
3. Live caption
With Android 10, you can enable captions for the videos you are watching that too anytime. Furthermore, Android 10 can locally listen to the video along with creating real-time closed options without the use of the internet.
And this feature is not limited to Google-developed apps and works wonderfully across the Operating System including web content and third-party apps. Moreover, you can turn on the live caption through Android 10’s accessibility settings.
4. Support for foldable phones
Android 10 adds built-in support for foldable phones and multiple orientations it can appear in.
This is how Google responded to it- “To help your apps to take advantage of these and other large-screen devices, we’ve made a number of improvements in Android Q, including changes to onResume and onPause to support multi-resume and notify your app when it has focus. We’ve also changed how the resizable activity manifest attribute works, to help”.
5. Audio playback capture
In Android 10, any app that plays audio will let other apps capture the audio directly. This implies that the captions and subtitles apps can now offer an improved and better experience.
Meanwhile, game recording and streaming apps will benefit from the help of new API that will record the actual in-game sound.
6. Smart responses
Soon, the smart reply will be available to all messaging apps in Android 10. The smart reply feature which offered Gmail users ease of replying since 2017, will leverage the same machine learning abilities in smartphones. These machine learning abilities will determine an appropriate response based on alert received by phone. In addition, Android can even predict your next move easily.
7. Permissions management
With Android 10, Google is continuing its efforts to protect users from malicious and fake apps. This is the reason, there will be more control over permissions making users specify apps can only access certain sensors and permissions while actively using them.
Furthermore, the information page for individual permissions has been revamped for casual users to let them understand easily. Android 10 will make it easy to check what permissions an app has access to along with seeing which is the most used.
8. Parental control
Offering parental control, a kid’s phone can be reviewed right from the parent’s phone under the Digital Wellbeing option. With this feature, parents can review apps and approve which ones are on the phone. Also, parents can set daily limits to how long kids can use their phones along with viewing how much time was spent on the apps. This does not end here, parents can also set app timers to specific apps.
9. Screen consciousness
With Android 10, there is no need to keep on touching the phone’s screen to prevent it from sleeping. Its new feature called “Screen Attention” has been added to prevent the phone from sleeping. The phone will not turn off as long as you are looking at your screen when enabling the feature.
With Android 10, you can add system-wide accent colors, labeled as “themes” available in the Developer Options menu.
With the themes, you can change the color of active Quick Setting tiles, active toggles in settings, the brightness bar, etc. Right now, there are eight colors available to choose from- blue (default), cinnamon, ocean, green, purple, orchid, space, black.
11. Thermal API
While playing games or apps that require the screen to be on for a certain period, the issue of rising temperature is quite common. But with Android 10, Google is giving apps access to the temperature.
Android has always given priority to multitasking and the practice is still active in Android 10 through its feature called “bubbles”.
Bubbles are basically small icons that can be overlaid over other applications. Once selected, these icons will give quick access to interactions within the app. With the help of bubbles, one can continue having conversations with specific contact without having to open the Android messages each time. As bubbles operate as a mini version of the application, the interaction through it becomes easier and better.
13. Revamped Bluetooth Menu
According to XDA, the new menu will show the battery percentage of each device connected to your device. A notification is also added to show this information as well.
14. Easy switch between Bluetooth devices
Android 10 makes it easier to switch when your device is connected to multiple Bluetooth devices. Instead of going through the Bluetooth menu, you can press the volume rocker and select the icon that will appear at the bottom of the menu. From there, you will see a new menu emerging from the bottom showing previously connected and currently connected devices. By choosing the one you wish to switch to, it will become your main Bluetooth connection.
15. Volume levels
With Android 10, you can adjust the volume level easily.
You can now manage the volume of your ringer, alarms, media, etc from any screen instead of going through the settings. After hitting the volume rocker to bring up the volume menu, choose the icon at the bottom of the menu, which will bring up a new popup providing access to each of the manageable volume bars.
16. Battery saver
In Android 10, the machine learning analysis will determine when your battery will die before reaching its normal time and will turn on the battery saver automatically.
17. Shape of icons
Google is adding the option of making a system-wide change in Android 10. This new feature will adjust the look of the Quick Setting tiles. Furthermore, wherever the app icons are shows will include the change including the Overview menu and the share menu. Right now, there are four options available- teardrop, the default circles, Squircle and Rounder Rectangles.
18. Easy payment
In Android 10, Google is making it faster and smoother to make payment with your pre-saved credit and debit card on Google Pay. When enabled in Settings, long-pressing the power button will bring up with stored card allowing you to pay for transactions.
19. Built-in Screen Recorder
Now, Android 10 will have its own in-built screen recorder to complement the built-in screenshot feature. On the privacy front, this is the major feature being made up the Google to protect users from malicious activities. Now with a built-in screen recorder, you’ll no longer have to trust third-party apps.
20. Vulkan 1.1 and ANGLE
Android 10 is using Vulkan on all apps by making Vulkan 1.1 a requirement on all 64-bit Android devices running Android 10 or maybe higher along with showing recommendations for all 32-bit devices.
Vulkan is basically a low overhead, graphics and computing API that lets games produce high-quality graphics without the need of other graphics and computing API. Meanwhile, Android 10 includes support for ANGLE(Angle Native Graphics Layer Engine). Developed by Google, ANGLE is an open-source graphics engine abstraction layer. Also, with Android 10, Google also provides OpenGL compatibility that provides a flawless experience.
21. Portrait Mode in Third-Party Apps
Android 10 lets third-party apps ask for Dynamic Depth images that include the metadata related to bokeh mode.
By following the request, now the app can offer specialized bokeh and blurs options. Meanwhile, the information given can also be used for creating 3D images along with showing support to AR based photography.
22. Controlling the vibrating intensity.
With Android 10, based on the type of alert, users can adjust the strength of the vibration like- you can adjust the vibration intensity weaker for notifications whereas keeping the vibration intensity stronger for calls and messages.
23. Freeform Windows
Borrowing this feature from Samsung, Android 10 is bringing freeform windows for stocking Android. Furthermore, these windows are small rectangles that are overlaid on top of other applications.
Against the Picture-in-Picture mode that is limited in size, now with Android 10, you can increase the windows to whichever or whatever size you need as it does not require the support from the app.
Furthermore, these windows can be of any page in the app and are not limited to video like PiP.
24. Desktop Mode
With Android 10, there is a new setting in Developer Options called “Force Desktop Mode” that lets you connect your mobile phone to an external monitor while interacting with apps in freeform mode.
This is not enough, it is also compatible with Chromecast that lets you connect to a television without any wires.Y
Android 10 is majorly focusing on protecting the user’s data that is why no app will have full access to the device’s internal and external storage. The app which will target Android 10 will be given a filtered view.
This filtration will work as a sandbox, limiting the reading and writing ability of data relevant to its function. Meanwhile, for the end users, the apps will have less access to the data.
26. Undo App Removal
You might have accidentally removed an app from your home screen without realizing that you don’t even remember which app was there.
Well, there is good news coming in with Android 10. With Android 10, you get a few seconds after the removal of the app to undo the action. Press the option and your app will be back where it belongs.
27. Location control
Android 10 is finally giving more control over how an app can use the information about the location. Hence, with Android 10, you will get control of letting the app access to your location only when you are actively using the app.
This is why Google ditched its tradition of naming after desserts
By changing the name of Android Q to Android 10, Google has stopped its tradition of naming Android versions after desserts and sweetmeats, and Android Pie (Android 9) is the last of its kind.
Google further added that even though its tradition of naming after dessert “had become a fun part” of the Android release but the company has received feedback stating that its names weren’t easily understood by everyone in the global community.
“For instance, several spoken languages do not have “distinguishable sounds” for the alphabets ‘L’ and ‘R’. “So when some people heard us say Android Lollipop out loud, it wasn’t intuitively clear that it referred to the version after KitKat,“
The names of these delicious desserts were creating confusion among the users as in many places these are not that popular.
“Pies are not a dessert in some places, and marshmallows, while delicious, are not a popular treat in many parts of the world”
Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android,
On March 13, 2019, Android 10 Beta 1 was launched and made available to download on the Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 series. Beta 2 was released on April 3 whereas Beta 3 made an entry on May 7 during Google I/O then arrived Beta 4 on June 5, Beta 5 took place on July 10, and Beta 6 made an appearance on August 7.
Till now, Android 10 is still in its beta testing phase and has been rolled out to selected Pixel devices only.
A young entrepreneurial technocrat who is the Co-Founder & CEO at Appventurez Mobitech. After completion of his masters in Computer Application, he dived into the world of technology as an iOS developer. As a CEO, he firmly believes teamwork and collaboration are the essential tools for any company’s success.
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