The new Google phones Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL use Android 1
0, Google's newest Android operating system introduced in September for older Pixel phones . More devices will receive the latest version of Android in the near future. Google recently announced Android 10 as its official name replacing Android Q and the dessert naming scheme that Google has always used. Operating system updates like Android 10 offer new features and renewal potential when you're fed up with the phone. Google released the first beta version of Android Q in March. We tested them all the time.
From a new Bubbles notification function full-on-gesture navigation enhanced privacy settings and a slick-live subtitle feature – Android 10 has a lot to offer. Let's take a look at some of the highlights.
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Are you still using the Chat Heads feature of Facebook Messenger? If so, you will love the new bubbles feature of Android 10. Bubbles work just like chat heads, with a circular notification of what's on your screen. Google wants developers to know which types of apps are using bubbles just because a stream of notifications that appear on your screen, regardless of what you're doing, would very quickly get pretty annoying.
As you can see in the above screenshots, Bubbles works with the Google Phone app. I triggered bubbles by leaving an active call. After that, a small circle appeared with the picture of the contact. As you move the balloon, two options are displayed at the bottom of the screen: Hide and End Call. Dragging the icon to one of the two options triggered this action. By tapping on the balloon once, a few more options were displayed, eg. For example, enabling the speaker or mute the call.
Wi-Fi and QR codes
Sharing your Wi-Fi network password with friends or asking friends can be tricky. Android 10 has a new feature that lets you create a QR code for your Wi-Fi network directly in the device's Wi-Fi settings, or scan a QR code to connect to a Wi-Fi network. To use this new feature, go to the Wi-Fi settings and select your home network. Then click the Share button with a small QR code directly above it.
Android finally gets more control over how an app can use location information . Currently, you can always or not always grant an app access to your location. With Android 10, you can give an app access to your location information only while you're actively using the app. Not only is this a matter of privacy, it also helps to extend battery life.