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Google launched the initial beta of Android 10 under the primary name “Android Q” on March 13, 2019. The update was exclusively pushed on their Pixel phones, including the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL devices where support was extended due to popular demand. 

Since Google had guaranteed updates only up to October 2018, the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL devices received version updates to Android 10. The next generation Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were included, after being granted an extended warranty period which guaranteed Android version updates for them for at least 3 years from when they were first available on the Google Store.

Before the final release, a total of 6 beta or release-candidate versions were rolled out.

Latest features of Android 10

Just as the official Android website says, ‘Some of the newest ways to control your privacy, customize your phone, and get things done. It’s Android, just the way you want it.’

Live Caption

You can automatically caption media playing on your phone. With a single tap, Live Caption automatically captions videos, podcasts, and audio messages—even stuff you record yourself. Without ever needing wifi or cell phone data.

Smart Reply

You can now take action right as you reply. With Android 10, you get more than just suggested responses to your messages. You also get recommended actions. So, if a friend asks you out to dinner, your phone will suggest you text “👍🏻”. Then, it’ll also pull up directions right in Google Maps. It even works in messaging apps like Signal.

Sound Amplifier

Get to hear what’s around you more clearly. The Sound Amplifier feature in your phone can boost sound, filter background noise, and fine tune to how you hear best. Whether talking to your best friend, watching TV, or listening to a lecture — just plug in your headphones and hear everything more clearly.

Gesture Navigation

A smart feature that helps you get around with a swipe and a pull. Gestures are now quicker and more intuitive than ever. Go backwards and forwards, pull up the home screen, and swipe up to see your open apps. All super smooth.

Dark Theme

Android gives you the opportunity to take it easy on your eyes. And your battery too. Android’s new Dark theme uses true black to keep your battery alive longer. Additionally, it also changes how your Google apps look, like Calendar, Photos etc.

Complete Privacy Control

Android 10 gives you complete control of your privacy. That’s because you get new, smarter controls that let you decide how and when data on your device is shared. So you can rest easy. 

  • Decide what data is stored, like your Web & App activity. And for how long.
  • Control when your location is shared with apps: all the time, while in use, or never.
  • Opt out of ad retargeting and personalization.
  • Find and adjust all your privacy settings in one place.

Faster and better security updates

We know that Android devices already get regular security updates. And in Android 10, you’ll get them even faster and easier. With Google Play system updates, important Security and Privacy fixes can now be sent directly to your phone from Google Play, just the same way all your other apps update. So you get these fixes as soon as they are available.

Focus Mode

This mode helps you get in the zone and block out distractions. Focus mode lets you select apps to pause temporarily. So if you want to turn off a distracting app to get something done, all you have to do is tap. Focus on what’s in front of you.

Family Link

You can set digital ground rules and help make healthy habits for your family. Help guide your kids as they learn, play, and explore online. You can set screen time limits, view app activity, manage apps and content restrictions, and see where they are.

  • Wind down:- When it’s time to go to bed, Wind Down helps you switch off. Just set a bedtime and it turns your screen to Grayscale and silences your notifications with Do Not Disturb. Which means you can get a full night’s rest. No buzzing, beeping or endless scrolling to keep you up. 
  • Work Profile:- With Android, you get two profiles on one phone: work and personal. When you switch to personal, all your work apps stay hidden. Like your calendar, your emails, your notifications. So, when you leave the office at the end of the day, you know you’re not taking work home with you. 
  • App timers:- In Digital Wellbeing, you can see which apps and websites you use most and set daily limits. Once you hit the limit, those apps and sites pause and notifications go quiet. So you’ll spend only the time you want, exactly where you want.

Camera

  • HEIF Imaging:- Support for new file format (.heic) to save still images.
  • Monochrome camera Support:- New camera type support which enables app developers to get monochrome output natively on devices that list this capability.
  • Privacy:- Some camera characteristics now require camera permissions prior to being accessed.
  • Recommended stream config:- When you hire Android developer, he will be able to poll preferable stream configurations on devices that list this capability

Conclusion

Android has big plans for the future and the glimpses of it are already out with regular updates and beta releases. Every major update to the OS gives developers and entrepreneurs an opportunity to innovate and bring out new and amazing applications that can rake the maximum benefits out of them, providing a seamless user experience.

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