The long-anticipated Android 10 operating system has finally arrived. It offers lots of new features and there have also been some changes in the way the mobile operating system works.
In Android 10, Google has changed quite a few things, as a result of this the Android experience will be a bit different.
Even the name of the operating system is very different from that of its predecessors.
In the past, every Android operating system was given a themed dessert name such as Cupcake, Donut, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Marshmallow, Pie, and more.
However, this year Google decided to keep it simple by naming the operating system Android 10 without giving it a themed dessert name.
Some of the new features of this operating system include a new menu drawer peek, gesture navigation, and a new dark mode just to name a few.
Android 10 Menu Drawer Peek:
The new gesture navigation system is starting to change other characteristics of Android. A new drawer peek system has been implemented for apps with slide-out menus.
When using the drawer peek feature, using the back button may cause some problems. To use this feature, you must tap and hold the edge of the app which will make the slide-out menu peek.
After the menu shows up, you can drag it out all the way to the right, so you will not have to use the back button.
You will still have access to these menus by clicking on the hamburger button. Apps made by third-party developers must optimize their apps for this.
We’re all familiar with the functions of the navigational buttons on Android phones. However, Android 10 has a new gesture navigation system.
If this feature becomes popular among smartphone users the physical navigation buttons may go away in the future as a result of this.
If you’re using an app, you can go back to the home screen by swiping up and if you swipe up and hold this will open the recent menu.
There are four options that give you the ability to modify the sensitivity of the back gesture.
It may take a while to get used to this new gesture navigation system. However, if you don’t like it and you would prefer not to use it, you don’t have to use it.
At the moment, the gestures are disabled by default but this may change in the near future.
Android 10 Dark Mode:
Google has created a Dark Mode for Android, this can be accessed via the Display settings menu.
You also have the ability to schedule Dark Mode based on the time of day, and you also have the option of always having it on or off.
When this mode is enabled, the apps will have a hint of gray to them and panels such as the Quick Settings shade will have a black OLED background.
The Dark Mode will work in most stock Google apps, and it may also work in some third-party apps that do not have their own Dark Mode.
There are a few reasons why you may be interested in using the Dark Mode.
For example, this mode reduces blue light, so it’s easier on your eyes and it will also extend the battery life on phones with OLED display screens.
Now you have the ability to modify the color highlights, so you can make the user interface a little more personal.
You can change the colors on the accents in the settings menu and the quick settings tiles in the notification drawer.
Smartphone addiction is real, to assist people who may have this problem, Google has implemented a Focus Mode.
The Focus Mode gives you the ability to turn off your notifications for certain apps, you can keep notifications on for the apps that you need.
You can find the Focus Mode in the Digital Wellbeing, you can set Focus Mode as a quick settings tile so you can quickly turn it on or off as needed.
Google Assistant Trigger Gesture:
We all know that Google Assistant can be triggered by saying “Hey Google”, however, if you prefer not to do that, and you have the gesture navigation system turned on.
There’s a new feature in Android 10 that gives you the ability to drag your finger diagonally from either corner on the bottom of the display screen.
The google Colors will be at the bottom, then the Google Assistant interface will appear.
If you have the gesture navigation system turned off, you can press and hold the home button to call the Google Assistant the way you normally would.
Permission Controls Have Been Improved:
Google has made some improvements to permissions in Android 10. There is a new Privacy hub and a new Location hub in the Settings menu that give you the ability to manage everything.
Some apps will ask for your location, you can configure the settings so those apps can only access your location when you’re using them.
So apps that are running in the background will not have access to your location. If you’re not using an app and it’s using your location, you will get an alert.
You will be able to see all the apps that have permission to use your private information such as camera, call logs, microphone, location, and more in the Privacy hub.
It’s very user-friendly and you can easily change the permissions for individual apps.
Google Play system updates give Google the ability to send you important security and privacy fixes.
This means that you no longer have to wait for system updates to fix problems.
Android 10 Has Faster Sharing:
In previous versions of the Android operating systems, the sharing feature was a bit slow. However, Google has fixed this problem in Android 10.
Sharing Shortcuts will give you the ability to go directly into an app to share content, such as files and photos.
This is much faster in comparison to the way it was before.
Smart Reply Has Also Been Improved:
Smart Reply is a feature that shows contextual auto-responses in the notification. Smart Reply works in all messaging apps.
If someone sends you a message with an address, Smart reply will offer to open the address in Google Maps so you would not have to open the messaging app.
If someone sent you a YouTube video, Smart reply will offer to open the video without opening the messaging app. This is a convenient feature that will save you time.
Android 10 Live Caption:
Android 10 offers native support for captions, these captions can show up in real-time on videos that may not have support for captions.
Live Caption is capable of doing this as a result of Google speech recognition technology. This feature is not available as yet, it’s expected to debut in the fall.
There’s a good chance that we will see this feature debut on the Google Pixel 4 and other phones will get it at a later time.
Other Android 10 Changes:
Google continues to improve Vulkan graphics in Android and ART (Android Runtime) performance will help apps to load faster and run more efficiently after they have been loaded.
Android 10 is also faster than that of its predecessors, the lock on the locked display screen has been moved to the top of the user interface.
There’s an emergency icon in the power menu, there is an estimated time remaining for the battery life in the quick settings menu.
Android 10 comes equipped with support for HDR10+ this means more rich and vibrant colors when watching supported content in supported apps.
You can set timers for specific websites to restrict browsing habits. Parental controls are available via Google’s Family Link app, so parents have the ability to customize app usage for their kids in the Digital Wellbeing settings.
The Android 10 operating system has quite a few new features and functionalities that we all will appreciate.
Updating To Android 10:
Before updating your phone, it’s always good to back it up on your computer just in case something goes wrong.
When it’s time to update your phone to Android 10 it will be pushed through to your phone and you will be prompted to upgrade.
You can upgrade immediately or you can allow your phone to install it at a later time when it’s more convenient for you, or you can have it updated overnight.
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