The new version of Android is now rolling out to Pixel smartphones.
As predicted, Google has officially launched Android 10 to Pixel smartphones last night, bringing more than a dozen new features on the mobile operating system. Formerly known as Android Q, Google opted for a numerical naming convention to make it easier for some users who aren’t familiar with the previous dessert names.
Android 10 arrives on the Google-branded Pixel smartphones first, and as we all know it should take some time before it arrives on third-party devices. But Google has promised that it is working hard with manufacturers to make the timeframe smaller so everyone gets to enjoy the new version of Android.
Here are the top 10 features we love about Android 10:
Dark Mode – One of the most requested features has now made its way to Android. The system-wide dark mode enables black themes across the entire operating system and aside from making your smartphone look cool, it’s a huge battery saver as well.
Gestures – Android 10 has introduced gestures as a way to navigate through the system. Much like iOS, you can swipe from the left of the screen to go back to another menu. It was a controversial change, but Google says it’s here to stay. Just in case you’re not comfortable with the new change, Android 10 still offers the older navigation style.
Privacy Rules – Android 10 will have an improved privacy menu so you have an overview of what apps are using the different aspects of the hardware. You can also view individual settings like location permissions and account security all in one handy menu.
Google Play Security Updates – Starting with Android 10, security updates will now be pushed through the Google Play Store so easier rollout. This means that you can get patches easily instead of going through the system update which normally takes time.
HEIF support – This new imaging format uses improved compression algorithms so it can occupy less space without compromising the image quality.
Live Captions – Android 10 will automatically add captions to the videos you’re watching and it even supports audio messages. The best part? It will even work when you’re offline.
Sound Amplifier – Buried under the Accessibility settings, Sound Amplifier will help boost the sound coming from your (wired) headphones and help eliminate the background noise.
Improved Digital Wellbeing – Android 10 comes with a new Focus Mode that lets you pause distracting apps so you have more time to well, focus.
Smart Reply – Using machine learning, Google can offer replies that will be relevant to your conversation. Received an SMS on the address you’re supposed to go to? Smart Reply can offer to open Maps and immediately give you the location.
Easter Egg – Just like previous versions, Android 10 includes a nifty Easter Egg in the form of a Nonogram puzzle. It’s basically a picture logic puzzle that unlocks when you the right combination (we have a separate video on this so stay tuned).
What other features of Android 10 do you like most? Share us your thoughts in the comments below!