Android 10

After waiting this long, Google has finally unveiled its latest Android operating system. And this time you won’t be getting any dessert. Google took everyone by surprise when they decided to name the operating system as Android 10. The naming convention had started from a cupcake, and since then every version accompanied a huge excitement and brainstorming regarding the name.

Goodbye desserts

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Many people are guessing that Google ran out of dessert names for Android Q, but it is not the case. In fact, Google addressed the issue in their blog. So, it is due to the problems people are facing in understanding the names in different parts of the world. The names are complicated and difficult for those who are unfamiliar with the naming convention, to understand if their phone is running the latest version.

Also, pies are not a dessert in some places, and marshmallows are not a popular treat in many parts of the world. As a global operating system, it’s important that these names are clear and relatable for everyone in the world, so Google has decided to stick to the numeric naming system from now on. Still, the future Android projects will be codenamed Alphabetically.

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Therefore, the new version follows up on the steps of its predecessors and also offers great new features and many critical changes. Keep reading to know all about this latest iteration of Android.

With the new name, Google has decided to revamp the old android bot. Now, the new logo has a minimalistic design and a flat icon which is quite appealing. Also, the iconic green robot that symbolized Android till now has been changed and now only its head is left in the revamped logo. Moreover, the text color has been changed to black, for the people with visual impairments. It’s great to see that Google is putting such a focus on Android’s smallest details.

Top features

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We all wait for loads of features every new Android version accompanies with itself, but some of the features really help to increase productivity and play an important role in the day to day usage.

  • Full gesture support

Google had provided gesture support with the pie version but the virtual buttons were still drawing on the screen. Now, with Android Q the virtual buttons will be totally replaced by gesture navigation.

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While all the major Custom UI already developed gesture navigation, such as MIUI and Color OS, Stock android users had to wait this long to utilize all the screen space available. Moreover, the gestures are copied from the gesture navigation of iOS.

  • System-wide dark mode

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After years of begging and waiting, finally, Google confirmed that Android 10 will have a system-wide dark theme that can be controlled in the settings. Moreover, Google has also created a new API that developers can use to have their apps go to the dark theme as well.

Also, there are more theming options added this time, most of the custom OS already had a Theme manager to add a new touch to the phone. But finally, Google has included the package for the Android one users who had to download icon packs to customize the phone.

  • Revamped permissions

Privacy is now a bigger concern for Google than ever before. Google is implementing a new permission system and it will provide you with better control of your apps.

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Finally, you get control of how and when apps use your location or any other vital information. The apps can be set to use the granted permissions only when the app is running in the foreground, thus preventing any spyware intrusion. Furthermore, Google states that

“In Android Q, the OS gives users even more control over apps, controlling access to shared files. Users will be able to control apps’ access to the Photos and Videos or the Audio collections via new runtime permissions. For Downloads, apps must use the system file picker, which allows the user to decide which Download files the app can access.”

These were some of the top features we liked, but there is more to come. You can witness the stable OS in smartphones by the end of this year. Also, pixel phones will be the first ones to switch to the new OS.

Recently Nokia has also released a flow chart stating the timeline of updates to its different Android devices, Nokia aims to update every supported devices by Q2 2020. So, you will be getting updates from them soon. Moreover, reports state that Samsung has been working on its OneUI 2.0 based on Android Q, which may release very soon for the Samsung premium devices. So, if you own these devices then Kudos for the early update.

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