Android 10, the latest version of Google’s system, has been officially released for Pixel line phones and is expected to arrive soon on several smartphones. The platform, which abandoned the name of sweet, arrives with a new brand and brings almost 50 new features that promise to be very useful. Among them is the night mode, which saves the device’s battery. Another novelty are improvements in privacy and security, one of the focuses of this version.
In addition, Android 10 features gesture navigation, smart responses and parental control features. Next, check out the list with ten things you need to know about the system and stay on top of the new version.
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1. Gesture navigation
In addition to the best known features, such as night mode and privacy improvements, another novelty of Android 10 is the gesture navigation system. With it, you can return to the device’s home screen by sliding your finger upwards, or switch between applications by swiping left or right. The user can also see recently used applications by pressing the screen. The «Back» button was replaced by the gesture of sliding sideways at the bottom of the device.
Increasingly smarter, the new version of Android brings a feature called Smart Reply to improve the text messaging experience. Based on the quick responses that appear on the notification panel, the system suggests different actions for the user, according to the context. For example, when someone sends you an address, the tool indicates a button to open Google Maps. In addition, the system is able to suggest emojis or recommended responses, such as «Thanks» and «OK».
Android 10: system abandons tradition of sweets in name and changes visual – Photo: Pedro Vital / dnetc
It is common that more and more children have access to smartphones, whether from parents or own. With that in mind, Google has improved parental control on Android 10 with the Family Link feature, which has been incorporated into digital well-being. With the tool, those responsible for the child can control the screen time, see the installed applications and even program the device to be turned off.
In addition to parental control, digital well-being also includes the focus mode feature, which helps the user to avoid distractions. The tool allows you to select apps to disable your notifications, leaving them silenced, and can be efficient with messaging apps or social networks, for example.
Android 10 has focus mode feature to avoid distractions – Photo: Disclosure / Google
Another new feature of Android 10 is Live Caption. The function is responsible for displaying a caption, in real time, of any content played on the cell phone. The feature is compatible with videos, podcasts and even voice messages. It works through local machine learning, so you don’t need to be connected to the Internet.
Android 10 comes with a package of 230 new emojis, focused on diversity and accessibility. The new stickers include their own version for the third genre of existing emojis, interracial couples, parents of the same sex and people of different ethnicities. In addition, the illustrations include a guide dog, hearing aid and motorized wheelchair.
New gender-inclusive emojis launched by Google – Photo: Disclosure / Google
Android versions were famous for their nicknames that made reference to some dessert. Whenever an update was released, users are left with an expectation as to which candy name would be used. For the past 10 years, Google’s operating system has had names like Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo and Pie. However, from now on, the mobile platform will only be called by the version number. Therefore, Android Q will only be Android 10.
8. Mascot integrated to the brand
Along with the name change, a new brand for the system came. Now, the green robot known as the Android mascot is integrated into the logo. As much as it was already known as part of the company, the little robot did not usually appear next to the brand name.
Android 10 has little robot integrated to the brand – Photo: Reproduction / Google
In addition to the names of sweets, Android was also famous for its Easter eggs, games that are hidden within the system. While in the latest versions a game similar to Flappy Bird was found, this time there is a type of puzzle known as nonogram. To access it, the user needs to go to the phone’s settings, on the part that shows the Android version and touch it several times. Then, the Android 10 mark will appear on the screen and the user must turn the «1», placing it below the «0», so that it forms the letter «Q».
10. Available devices
Android 10 is now available on Google’s Pixel line smartphones. To install, just look for the update in the system settings. The system has also arrived for Essential Phone users worldwide and for the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro in China and India. The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, as well as the Huawei P30, P30 Lite and P30 Pro, also received the update in Open Beta. Samsung has already started internal tests for the Galaxy Note 10 line, but has not yet revealed the date on which it will release the system. Smartphones from several other manufacturers, such as LG, Asus and Motorola, are also expected to receive the update soon.
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