We know all about the next major update of the Android operating system, Android 10, which was released publicly from September 3, but only for Google Pixel phones at the beginning.

Nearly six months after the first beta, Google is finally releasing the final version of the Android 10 operating system. Formerly known as Android Q, it was recently named Android 10. To begin, Google released the software update for selected Pixel smartphones. . In addition to the Pixel hardware, the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro has begun receiving stable MIUI10 updates based on Android 10. Even OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are among the first phones to receive the Android 10 beta update, with the stable version that It will launch soon.

The last major update was introduced as Android Q in Google IO 2019, but it has been officially renamed Android 10. Sorry, dessert names: switching to numbers is easier for global users to understand.

Android is being used in more than 2.5 million active devices and in more than 180 device manufacturers worldwide. This tenth major update of Android software has features driven by machine learning on the device and will support new technologies such as Foldables and 5G. In order to offer users greater protection, transparency and control over their data, Google has introduced about 50 changes related to privacy and security. Google claims to have built this on the basis of the ongoing commitment to provide industry-leading security and privacy protections on Android.

Security and privacy

For starters, there will be a dedicated Privacy section in Settings, where users can find all important controls in one place. In Settings, there will be a new location section that will provide more transparency and granular control over location data shared with applications.

Users can choose whether they want to share location data with applications while using the respective applications. In addition, they will receive reminders when an application accesses the background location so they can decide whether or not to continue sharing. Android 10 also provides protections for other confidential device information, such as serial numbers.

With Android 10, Google presents a quick way to get the latest security and privacy updates. Google plans to update important components of the operating system in the background, similar to how applications are updated. This would mean that users will get the latest security fixes, privacy improvements and consistency improvements as soon as they are available without having to restart the device.

Cut to the chase

  • What is Android Q? It’s the next version of Android
  • When can you get Android Q beta? Download Android Q beta 3 now
  • When will Android Q launch in full? Probably August
  • How much will Android Q cost? It will (assumedly) be a free update

Android 10 release date

  • March 13: The first Android 10 developer beta has launched
  • April 3: Android 10 beta 2 gave us bugs fixes and app bubbles
  • May 7: Android 10 beta 3 launched at Google IO 2019
  • Early June: The final incremental update, beta 4, land in June
  • July: Beta 5 and beta 6, release candidates, land this month
  • September 3: The public version is released – though not all phones get it on launch day

Innovation

In the last ten years, Android was the first to have many new technologies: OLED screens, predictive typing, high density and large screens with edge-to-edge glass. Android 10 has been designed to support the next great technology in smartphones: folding phone screens and 5G. Google claims that Android 10 intends to support the potential of folding devices, from multitasking to adapting to different screen dimensions. Android 10 offers tools for application developers to build faster connectivity and improve the gaming experience and augmented reality.

At the forefront of innovation, Google is witnessing many of the first automatic machine learning software on the device, such as Live Caption. With just one touch, Live Caption will automatically subtitle the media that plays audio on your phone. Live Caption works with videos, podcasts and audio messages in any application, including things that users record themselves. As soon as speech is detected, subtitles will appear without Wi-Fi or cell phone data.

Machine learning on the device also drives Smart Reply, which is now integrated into the Android notification system, which allows any messaging application to suggest responses in notifications. The Smart Response will also intelligently forecast the next action; For example, if someone sends an address, a tap can open the address in the Maps application.

Enhanced digital wellbeing

With Android Pie, Google introduced a set of Digital Wellness, helping users control the use of their phone. Application timers helped people meet their goals more than 90% of the time. With Android 10, there will be some new features. The focus mode will be the one that will help users select applications that distract them and silence them so they focus on what they are doing. Google also plans to make Family Link part of every device that has Digital Wellbeing (as of Android 10) and highly requested features, such as overtime and the ability to set application-specific time limits.

Anything else?

There were a couple of other additional odds of Android 10 and it ends that XDA leak, including a couple of new accessibility settings.

Both apply to the duration of notification messages, and apparently apply to different types of notifications. The first are for “messages that ask you to take action”, while the other apparently refers to notifications that appear with simple reminders. You can switch between these to stay between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.

We are also seeing official support for HDR10 +. Some phones this year, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, are compatible with the codec and expect that trend to continue as Android 10 launches on new devices.

That’s all we’ve seen for now, but surely new details will appear in the next beta versions, in Google IO 2019 in May and any intermediate leak.

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