Android 10 new features were officially released on September 3, 2019, Google’s Iconic Mobile OS formerly known as Android Q has been in beta for months but now it’s officially rolling out first to Google’s own line of Pixel phones, then to everyone else.
First announced and unveiled at Google’s annual developer conference I/O, Android 10 brings a native dark mode, enhanced privacy and location settings, support for foldable phones and 5G phones, and more. Here’s our detailed report of all the best features you can expect to see in Android 10.
We’ve been analyzing the new version and Android 10 features in-house and have found some interesting new features we want to quickly bring to your attention. But before we get to that part, let’s first cover, very briefly, the basics of the new Android 10 operating system.
Android 10 Basics
Let’s see first the basics of its beta version which early released for testing on March 13, 2019, which was tested exclusively on their Pixel phones, including the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL.
The company went on to release a total of six beta versions before the final release in September. Unlike the previous versions of Android, Google has dropped the traditional dessert-based names that have been used for versions of Android for the past 10 years including Pie, Oreo, Marshmallow, and Nougat.
The new version has simply been addressed as Android “Q” since the beta release. On August 22, 2019, Google announced that Android “Q” would officially be branded as Android 10, ending the practice of naming major versions after foods. And Google did give us an explanation for that:
The company stated that the dessert names were not quite resonating with their international users due either to the dessert not being internationally-known, or being difficult to pronounce in some languages. David Burke, who is Android’s vice president of engineering, mentioned that most desserts beginning with “Q” were “exotic” and that he personally would have chosen “queen cake.” David also stated that there were references to “qt” — which is an abbreviation of “Quince Tart” — within internal files and build systems relating to the release.
Another important thing to note is that the Android robot logo has now seen a corresponding rebranding, consisting of only a robotic head resting inside the numeral “0.”
Key Features And Highlights Of Android 10 New Version
AUDIO FEATURES WITH HEARING AID SUPPORT
Android 10 features also took care of your love for music, it let two apps on your phone record or listen to audio at the same time. “Before Android Q the input audio stream could only be captured by one app at a time,” Google writes in their developers’ forum. “Once an app started to capture audio, all other apps had no way to access the audio input until the capturing app stopped.”
But now, you might be able to get two applications to listen to audio input at the same time. For instance, you could depend on privacy settings and permissions, use the voice recorder app while also speaking to Google assistant.
In addition, the upgrade also has something called the Audio Playback Capture API (Application Programming Interface), which lets you capture audio from another app that is playing. This used to be a feature restricted to video, but now there is an audio option as well.
One very important feature and it well admired in Japan, Android 10 now has built-in support for streaming media and calls directly to hearing aids. Using Bluetooth low energy so that you can stream all week.
NO MORE BACK BUTTON. YES GESTURE
Traditionally, Android has always had a back button for navigational purposes. But Google has introduced a new gesture navigation system as part of Android 10 features, in place of the back button. However, the new gesture feature does more than backward navigation.
With simple swipes, users can also pull up the home screen and fluidly move between tasks. When swiped up on the line, it goes to the home screen, when swiping left or right, apps are switched to another, and when swiped in from the edge of the screen, the screen goes back. There’s more, but the key thing is that every significant function is now accessible through a gesture.
NEW PARENTAL CONTROLS
Parental controls, which are already available via the Family Link app in the Google Play Store, will be built into Android 10 and accessible in the Digital Wellbeing settings.
This tool offers parents a way to monitor and manage their kids’ screen time by setting app-specific time limits and granting them “five more minutes” of bonus time, for example. Parents can also manage content via category and specific apps and quickly view app activity, manage apps and content restrictions, and see where they are.
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 mode 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.
Beyond the dark mode, there are more options for customizations in Android 10.
In the Developer Options area of Settings, you can find a new Theming section where you can change the accent color of your phone. The default color is the pixel blue, but users have the option to change to any of the following hues:
Combine the dark mode with the theming option, and you can turn your phone into an aesthetically pleasing piece of technology.
Of course, Google has been rolling out dark themes to all its system applications, including Google Calendar, Google Fit, YouTube, and more, but now, Google is simply making the dark mode feature available for your entire phone and it can easily be turned on or off via a Quick Settings toggle.
FIT TO FOLDABLES
Folding phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X might have gotten off to a bad start, and they haven’t been given much of mention recently, but at I/O Google did reinforce its support for the upcoming wave of devices.
The company optimized Android 10 features with changes to its multi-resume and display functions, to ensure apps can run simultaneously alongside other apps and transition seamlessly from a small to tablet-sized screen when a device is unfolded. Developers can start building and testing with Android’s foldable emulator to check that their apps scale properly across different screen dimensions and resolutions – in time for the release of these long-awaited devices.
LOCATION PERMISSION ENHANCED PRIVACY & SAFETY
Android 10 features a new dedicated location section in your phone’s privacy settings giving users more control over the location data they share with apps.
This means they can choose to share location data with apps only while they’re in use, all the time or not at all and receive reminders when an app uses their location in the background. There’s also an option to opt-out of ad retargeting and personalization and all privacy settings, including location, web and app activity and app permissions, are now in one place.
The Android 10 features designers & developers put enough importance on your safety, it helps keeps you safe when urgent situations occur. “ELS” can send enhanced location directly from Android handsets to emergency services when an emergency call is placed.
NEW AND UPGRADED EMOJIS
Android 10 ships with it a huge collection of both new and redesigned emojis you’ve never seen before, including gender-inclusive designs like gender non-specific representations of professions.
To use the new emojis on Android 10 OS, users will need to ensure that they have the latest version of the Gboard app.
SMART REPLY TO OTHER MESSAGING APPS
In Android 10 features, Google’s Smart Reply feature as it we know it from Gmail will be available in third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Signal.
This feature uses machine learning to suggest three short responses that might suit the message you received, such as a thumbs-up emoji. Basically, it’s anticipating what you’re going to say before you say it. The Android 10 version of Smart Reply can also anticipate actions and will, for instance, suggest opening up the address your friend sent you in Google Maps. Handy.
Also in messaging, there’s 65 new emoji including new “gender-inclusive” designs for haircuts, weightlifting, and the sauna.
Have you ever tried using your Android phone to do some focus work but got distracted by some other apps? Android 10 solves that problem with Focus Mode.
The Focus Mode feature allows you to select apps on your phone that you consider being distracting. Once you’ve done the selection, anytime you need to get focus work done, you can quickly toggle your phone over into Focus Mode to temporarily silence those apps. Bye-bye distracting WhatsApp group notifications!
Want to see the text of videos and audios playing on your smartphone? Live Caption is a feature in Android 10 that uses on-device machine learning to put real-time captions on videos, podcasts, audio messages and even on stuff you record yourself in any app.
Additionally, it can also suggest actions. This means it can open the appropriate app for things like an address, URL, or video straight from the messaging app without requiring you to copy and paste anything. For example, when someone sends you a message with an address or a YouTube video, you can open and navigate the address URL in Google Maps or open the video on YouTube without having to copy and paste.
You might not have to jump through multiple pages to get to the phone settings you want. Settings Panels lets you access phone settings that are contextual to the app that you currently have open.
For example, if you’re on Chrome and there’s no connectivity, Chrome will automatically open the Connectivity settings panel on your page, instead of you having to juggle the Chrome and the Settings app to get what you want.
The Thermal API lets apps know the state of the chipsets and processors in the phone. If the apps detect that the phone has warmed up, they can make changes to how they function in order to bring the temperature down and restore optimum performance. “When the device reports thermal stress, apps and games can help by backing off ongoing activities to reduce power usage in various ways,” Google says.
Bubbles are notifications ‘bubbles’ that will now pop up on your screen, even when you are using other applications. They are designed for multitasking, but the feature can also be turned off if you don’t like it.
Depending on where you are and who you ask, 5G is here and it’s expected to virtually remove streaming lag, opening up the door for real-time video collaboration, AR/VR-based apps, and multiplayer game streaming. Google is bundling in 5G compatibility and extending existing APIs for Android 10 – this will allow developers to get ready for the new era and make sure their apps can make the most of “superfast” speed
One Another feature for battery adaptive improvements, early launched in Android 9, this feature uses machine learning to predict which apps you’ll use in the next few hours and which you likely won’t, so your phone only spends battery power on the apps you care about. Another feature to detect contaminants, If moisture or debris is detected in your USB port, a notification will be sent to you and accessories will not function!
This is great for prolonging battery life especially for phones with OLED screens, such as higher-end smartphones, as only the pixels that are not black consume electricity.
Android New Updates In Top Seller Brands
1. One Plus
he OnePlus 6T launched with Android 9 Pie pre-installed, while the OnePlus 5, 5T, and 6 received the update by the end of the year. It took until May 2019 for the OnePlus 3 and 3T to get Pie, but it’s a miracle the phones received their third major Android updates in the first place.
Expect the OnePlus 7 Pro to get first dibs on Android 10, followed by the OnePlus 6 and 6T. It’s a toss-up with the OnePlus 5 and 5T, since both phones already received two major Android updates. Perhaps OnePlus will surprise everyone and update the two 2017 flagships with the newest version of Android, even if the waiting game might be a much longer one.
Android 10 launch ETA: September 2019
September 3, 2019: On the same day as the official Android 10 launch, OnePlus announced an Android 10 open beta for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. This is not a stable release, but a good first step towards hitting that ETA we mentioned above.
September 21, 2019: Great news for all you OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro owners out there. The company is now rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to both devices.
October 2, 2019: Around two weeks ago, OnePlus started rolling out the Android 10 update for the OnePlus 7 series. However, according to users on Reddit as well as the official OnePlus forums, many people still don’t have the update. OnePlus did say the Android 10 upgrade would be a slow rollout, but that usually means over the span of a few days. At this point, it’s been 12 days since OnePlus announced the launch, which suggests there’s been some sort of delay. It’s possible OnePlus halted the rollout entirely.
October 21, 2019: The Android 10 Open Beta build is now rolling out to the OnePlus 6 and 6T — learn more here. The stable version of the update is expected to hit the devices in November.
October 29, 2019: OnePlus 7 Pro 5G users will need to wait quite a bit to get the Android 10 update. The company’s global community manager said the update is expected to be released sometime in Q1 2020.
November 4, 2019: OnePlus is now rolling out the stable version of Android 10 to the OnePlus 6 and 6T. The update should reach users widely over the next few days.
With Android 10, Samsung could announce a similar roadmap. That means Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 owners might have to wait until next year to get the update, with other Samsung devices getting the update at some point after.
Android 10 launch ETA: January 2020
September 17, 2019: Looks like Samsung will soon release its first Android 10 beta update. Rumors have it that the company will roll it out in the US and Europe in early October. There’s no word on which devices will get it, but it’s a good bet we’ll see it on new flagship series such as the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S10.
October 23, 2019: Samsung has confirmed that the One UI 2.0 beta — based on Android 10 — for the Galaxy Note 10 series will come to the US. The rollout seems to be restricted to the regular Note 10 and Note 10 Plus models, with no mention of the 5G variants. Only unlocked phones will be compatible. In addition to the US, the beta program has also been confirmed for Germany.
According to Nokia, it’ll update its devices with Android 10 in five waves. The company will spread out the waves from the fourth quarter of 2019 through the second quarter of 2020. Expect flagship and high-end mid-rangers to get priority, followed by mid-range and low-end smartphones in Nokia’s lineup.
Android 10 launch ETA: October 2019
September 27, 2019: HMD Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas confirmed on Twitter that the Nokia 2.1, Nokia 1 Plus, and Nokia 1 will all receive the Android 10 (Go Edition) update. However, it’s going to take some time before the update reaches the phones — lean more here.
October 9, 2019: Android 10 is now rolling out to the Nokia 8.1. The news was announced by Juho Sarvikas via his Twitter account.
October 14, 2019: Android 10 beta builds for Nokia phones have leaked. These include the Nokia 6.1, 6.1 Plus, 7 Plus, and Nokia 7.1. They are internal builds, which means they are definitely not designed for public use. Although there are straightforward instructions on how to flash one of these Android 10 Nokia beta builds to your device.
Oppo remained quiet on its Pie update plans until March, when the company announced the Pie-based ColorOS 6 skin. In China, the rollout began in April with the Reno. Other Oppo smartphones also received the update, albeit in beta form.
Android 10 launch ETA: April 2020
October 2, 2019: Oppo has released the beta version of Android 10 for the Oppo Reno, according to GizChina. The update is only available in China for now.
October 23, 2019: Oppo has announced that it will roll out what seems like a beta update of the Android 10 to a limited number of Oppo Reno devices in India.
There are a lot more other new Android 10 features, including new enterprise features such as the ability for corporate-owned devices to be provisioned with a work profile through zero-touch enrollment, ability to use different keyboards for your personal and work profiles, app timers for specific websites so you can balance your time on the web, Real-time transcriptions around you and more.