The latest major update for Android is a special update – it is the tenth full version of the world's most widely used operating system. The upcoming version, called simply Android 10 (codename Android Q), was first released in March 2019 as a beta version. There is a dramatic visual change and many goodies in general.
Google has recently started referring to Android versions without the usual "point-0" suffix, so Android 10 is only referred to as "Ten". And for the first time, Android 10 will not have a dessert name because such delicacies were regional and had the potential to alienate part of Android's global user base.
Since the developer preview, we've been exploring new features in Android 1
. 1 No More Dessert Name
Since the first public version of Android, each operating system update has been named with a popular dessert. Starting with Android 1.5 Cupcake in 2005 and ending with Android 9 Pie in 2018, each version received a dessert name that corresponded to the letter of the alphabet used as a codename during beta testing.
For months, the Internet speculated about a new name name on every release. What made this year special was the fact that it was the tenth major version. So they knew that the name had to be unique. The problem was, the letter was "Q" and I do not know anything about you, but I can not imagine a popular dessert starting with "Q". Well, it seems Google could not and so they decided to completely cancel the dessert name.
Officially called Android 10, Google is re-branding with the latest release as Android introduces a new chapter in it his life. The new name of the Android version no longer has to be guessed for hours, because each version is now known only by the number. There will be Android 11 next year. Is the change a bit boring? Questionable. Is it understandable? Yes.
. 2 Systemwide Dark Mode (Finally!) As early as 2017, before Android Pie was released, an Android user asked Google about the implementation of a system-wide dark mode in Android. Their argument was that with the advent of OLED panels in smartphones, including this feature, there was an easy way to improve battery life. To everyone's surprise, a Googler responded:
Our engineering team has added this feature. It will be available in a future Android version.
Later that day, Google added to the hype that the dark mode was actually a change in the developer options that changed the look of the quick settings, the power menu, the app drawer (when using Pixel Launcher) and apps developed by Google that implement a dark theme such as news, YouTube and phone.
At that time, we were cautiously optimistic. With Android 10, however, we can confirm that Dark Mode is finally here!
In the final version, the option should be in the Display menu in Preferences. Here you will find the new switch "Dark Design", which you can activate or deactivate. After activation, all apps start in dark mode, as long as they activate the theme. Even the startup animation changes from the normally white on pixel devices to a black background.
One difference is that the dark mode appears to vary across the display, depending on the control panel you are using. For example, the background of Settings on the Pixel 3 is black, while it is gray on the Essential PH-1. The former uses an OLED panel, while the latter uses an LCD display that can not produce a pure black image.
Because developers need to embed support into their apps, Google helps developers and users get started. For developers, Google includes a new feature called "Force Dark," which lets you quickly implement dark designs into any app without having to create a theme. In this way, developers can tinker with the appearance of the Dark Theme version of their app, but with this new tool, they can accelerate the Dark mode for users.
For users, Google has added the Disable option for users in Developer Options. This option enables the Force Dark tool and gives the user a dark mode, even if the app has no theme yet.
Our engineering team has added this feature. It will be available in a future Android version.
3. Back button is gone
Google has finally taken over the gesture control and made a change that is likely to split the community. The back button is gone. Instead of Android Pie's navigation buttons, which were an extended start button and a backward arrow, there's a thinner start button and nothing else. To return, Android chooses the popular gesture found in many third-party apps. If you swipe from the left or right edge of the screen to the center, it will immediately function as a back button. You can adjust the sensitivity to avoid unnecessary activations.
Google has learned from its past mistakes. Unlike Android Pie, where pixel users were forced to use gesture navigation, even though they did not like it, Google now makes three-button navigation mandatory for all smartphones running Android 10 "Q". This means that the implementation of the Essential PH-1 version of Android 9 is similar to Pie, which includes a "gestures" option that allows users to select the desired navigation system, full gesture control, or three-button navigation.
Additionally For OEMs who have already implemented their own version of gesture control (eg, Samsung, OnePlus, and Motorola), Google will not force them to remove them. Instead, as with the OnePlus OxygenOS, users can choose between the implementation of the OEM, the implementation of Google, and the navigation bar with three buttons.
Without buttons, activating the fixing of the screen can not be disabled. With this feature, which is stable in Android since 5.0 Marshmellow, you can restrict access to only one app when you borrow your phone. However, the unlock method was always the back button and the home button. Without the navigation key, you can no longer unlock your phone.
If users are using gesture control, swipe up one screen and hold down to release the fix. Users worried about this feature will love the new gesture navigation.
Based on Project Treble, Google is working to better fix the fragmentation inherent in Android. Project Mainline accelerates updates by resembling updates to many core operating system components of an app. Rather than having to wait for an OEM to bundle, test, and then publish a software update, users can update individual components through Google Play.
Components that can be upgraded through Project Mainline are delivered with APK (same files as APK apps) or APEX files. APEX files are a new file format that is loaded at the start of the boot process. In this way, important components can be updated if they are activated at the start of the boot sequence. Google also implemented fail-safe mechanisms and improved test processes to ensure trouble-free parts updates. All in all, your Android 10 phone will no longer run security patches that are three months old. Instead, all Android 10 phones should receive all security patches and keep their components up-to-date, even if the OEMs have difficulty updating the software in a timely manner.
Currently, Android 10 at startup supports the following components for this new version update system:
- Security: Media Codecs, Media Framework Components, DNS Resolvers, Encryption
- Consistency: time zone data, ANGLE (developer opt-in), module metadata, network components, captive portal login, network authorization configuration
6. Starting GSIs Without Unlocking the Boot Loader
Project Treble helped provide faster Android updates for non-pixel devices. Another benefit of this change was that developers could flash Generic System Images (GSIs) on any Project Treble-enabled device to get the latest Android version and test how their apps worked. We've already seen the benefit of the ability to boot any Android 10 Project Treble phone, even though it was not part of the Android 10 beta program. However, this required an unlocked boot loader, which not only requires deleting your phone but is often not available on many phones (for example, many phones with mobile carriers).
This is the Dynamic System Update. According to XDA Google has been working on a new tool that allows app developers to launch a GSI without having to unlock the bootloader. Developers can launch a GSI, test an app, and then return to regular installation without data loss. T
There are obvious implications – this feature can greatly benefit the custom ROM community if Google implements it so that regular users can use the feature. A device that ships with Android 10 is probably required. But imagine a future in which you can launch LineageOS as a dynamic Android GSI without having to unlock the bootloader on your phone.
. 7 Foldable Phone Support
Several foldable phones have been announced this year, some of which are due to circulate before the end of the year. Each of these phones uses Android, which currently does not natively support this new form factor.
Android 10 has built-in support for folding operations and the different orientations in which it can be displayed. Despite the different possibilities of Huawei and Samsung and Xiaomi has implemented a flexible display, with which the operating system can work and each of which provides a seamless experience.
Android 10 lets you turn on subtitles whenever you watch a video. Without the use of the Internet, Android 10 can listen to the video locally and create subtitles in real time. This incredible feature is possible because Google uses the local machine-learning capabilities of our phones to decrypt languages. This works for the entire operating system, including web content and third-party apps, not just Google-developed apps.
In Android 10, any app that plays audio can use other apps directly to record the audio. This means that subtitles and subtitles apps can now provide an even better experience. The new API also affects latency, so developers urgently need to improve these categories of apps.
In addition, recording and streaming games will be beneficial. Thanks to this new API, apps like Twitch can record the actual sound in the game so that streamers enjoy the same sound as you do instead of recording through the microphone.
Smart Reply will be available immediately for all messaging apps on Android 10. The feature that Gmail users have had since 2017 will use the same machine-learning capabilities found in smartphones to identify a suitable feature. The answer is based on the notification you receive on your phone. The reactions can even add emojis.
Also, Android can predict your next move. For example, if someone sends you an address, they suggest opening Google Maps. With a button you can start Google Maps immediately at this address and save yourself additional touches.
11. Focus Mode
Focus mode allows you to temporarily disable distracting notifications. After activation, you can disable notifications for all apps installed on your phone. Until you turn focus mode off, these apps will not give you notifications to help you avoid distractions.
If you disable automatic rotation, the Rotation Lock button appears in the navigation bar. This button allows you to manually rotate the screen when you put it in Portrait or Landscape mode. In Android 10, the button has been moved from the navigation bar to the upper-right corner of the lower left of the screen. The functionality has not changed, only the position.