Android 10: Top Ten Features You May Have Missed
Recently, Google has rebranded Android, and for the first time since its release ten years ago, Android Desert will be shipping without a name. The upcoming version of Android will be called Android 10, and it’s not like Google’s copyright-free sweet names are gone. Google says the decision to exclude sugary names was made out of concern for accessibility and inclusion because the names were not always intuitively understood by everyone in the world community.
The tech giant has only compromised with the exciting-name but not the features to be included in the upcoming OS. Android 10 has multiple features – from eliminating the traditional 3-button navigation system to incorporating a new, system-wide dark mode – there’s a lot to be excited about. So, we’ve compiled a list of ten Android Q’s Android 10 – features that you should know.
Privacy is not a luxury well
Following the beautiful Pichai statement at I / O 2019, “Privacy cannot be a luxury,” Google is prioritizing user privacy with Android 10. The company is increasing users’ control and transparency over their data and app capabilities.
With Scoped Storage, Android 10 will allow apps to access only specific files instead of accessing all files, which means your Media Player app will now only ask permission for your music and video libraries instead of accessing all libraries. .
At the moment, users may or may not give an app access to their location, but starting with Android 10, you will be able to restrict access to your location on the app while using it. In addition, Google will restrict an app from launching new activity in the background without any user interaction. Following Android 10, you will be notified if you try to launch an activity in an app background.
Android 10 will confuse the user’s MAC address when connected to different Wi-Fi networks in an effort to protect users from being easily identified.
System-wide dark mode
“Dark Theme” is a system-wide dark mode with Android 10 on your device. It aims to work on third party apps, including Instagram. So far, it’s limited to built-in apps.
The new Dark theme can be triggered in two ways: a dedicated Dark theme quick setting button that switches between a darker and lighter theme and a battery saver mode. Google I / O 2019 states that this feature aims to reduce the strain on your eyes as well as save battery life.
Moreover, as of September 1, there are eight different accent colors available in the developer options: blue (default), black, green, purple, cinnamon, ocean, space and orchid. You can now customize your device to your liking with Vanilla Android.
Say goodbye to the back button
Different manufacturers have their own gesture controls, where Google is still stuck with the local three-button navigation. However, it is set to change with Android 10. Gesture on gestures was first introduced in Android 9.0 Pi, and now Google is changing further with Android 10.
Instead of using the back button to exit a menu or app, users will now be able to go to the previous screen by swiping from the left or right edge to the center of the screen while in the current app.
Although the move was not well received by beta users, Google defended its decision, saying “gestures can be a faster, more natural and ergonomic way to navigate your phone.” You can read more about it here.
Bubbles: Android 10 Multitasking
You must be aware of the chat heads that appear on the screen when you use the Facebook Messenger app. Technically, Android 10 bubbles are chat heads, but for multitasking.
Bubbles are small round, floating warnings that appear on top of everything you’re doing on your Android device. Google has also taken steps to limit bubbles so that you are not overwhelmed by them with every app you install. So, Android 10 asks you to approve each app separately to use Bubble as notification method.
Favorite Gmail feature is making its way to the soul of Android. Smart Reply is now coming to the notification system with Android 10. Google says it will recommend on-device machine learning messaging apps to respond to notifications. You can tap on one of the suggested answers for quick answers.
Additionally, say you received an address as a text message All you have to do to open the address on the map is tap on it in the message and the OS will take you directly to the map.
New features are coming to digital wellbeing
Based on the digital wellbeing features of Android 9.0 Pie, Android 10 lets you mute certain apps that you find confusing until Focus Mode is turned off. Also, trying to access silent apps while Focus mode is on is a two-step process.
Android 10 has introduced a new feature called Digital Wellbeing Family Link. It allows strict parental controls, for example, enabling parents to approve or deny app installs, set screen time limits (even app-specific time limits), and set bedtime on their child’s device.
One of the laziest menus on Android is the Sharing menu – it takes forever to load! Don’t you hate when you want to share a webpage on WhatsApp or Gmail and the sharing menu takes a while to load? It’s been a hot mess for some time now.
With Android 10, the Share UI will load instantly, allowing you to quickly move to another app to share content. This small, but useful update will make it easier to share content on Android 10.
A new way to speed up security updates
Project Mainline will enable Google to patch certain core system components without OTA updates. Android 10 will enable you to update important parts of the OS without having to restart your device.
Mainline can update 12 key elements in the background, namely:
Security: Media Codec, Media Framework Component, DNS Solver, Concept
Privacy: Document UI, Permission Controller, ExtServices
Continuity: Timezone Data, ANGLE (Developers Opt-in), Module Metadata, Networking Elements, Captive Portal Login, Network Permission Configuration
Android 10 will allow users to copy media locally in real-time. Captions will appear in the video as soon as a speech pattern is detected by a user’s device. It works in real-time and it happens locally on the device. Simply put, it does not require an internet connection to work.
This will be helpful for deaf and hard of hearing people as it will allow them to understand what is being said in a video, podcast, game or any other medium where words are spoken. Anyone can turn on live captions through Android 10’s accessibility settings.
More developing options
Coming from the “Slice” feature of Android 9.0 Pie, developers will be able to show relevant-important system settings in their app with Android 10. For example, it will allow you to turn mobile data on / off from within the app. It needs to be toggled from the notification bar. You can read more about the developer options available in this official Android developer blog post
Bonus: Miscellaneous Android 10 features
- Android 10 will have native support for multi-screen for folding devices.
- To reduce spam calls, Android 10 enables you to identify calls from numbers that aren’t on your contact list. If a call is identified as spam, the OS silently rejects it on your behalf.
- Android 10 brings local support for sharing Wi-Fi details via a QR code.
Android 10 will be released this weekend, September 3 The update will first hit Pixel devices, including the 1st generation Google Pixel phone. The date has been confirmed in a separate chat with Google Customer Support representatives. You can read more about it here.