We have been talking about Google’s operating system – Android Q for months. The different Android versions have been named after desserts. From Android 1.5 Cupcake to the penultimate update to Android 9 Pie, all have always had the name of a candy. With Android 10, this has come to an end, from now on, we will know the different versions of Android with the corresponding number.
Yesterday, August 22, the official name of the new version was known as Android 10 and the redesign of its logo, adapting to the new design lines of the company. In this article, we are going to clarify everything that is new or expected in this new Android version and will soon be experienced by users who have compatible smartphones.
Live System updates
The user will be able to test the new versions that arrive at the mobile without needing to install them completely. They will be able to find out if the performance meets their tastes, and then decide if to install definitively or to uninstall. An excellent way to notice those errors or bugs that sometimes follow the updates.
New Notification Modes: Priority and Gentle
If we place the notification as ‘Priority’, it will appear in the status bar, as an alert notification and will sound as long as the mobile has the sounds activated. The ‘Gentle’ notifications will only be displayed when the notification curtain is lowered, without appearing on the lock screen or in the status bar. Also, there is no sound or vibration.
Android 10 will include a better location for notification settings, a new animation to designate the priority of such notifications (Gentle and Priority). Also, an option to hide the status bar icons in the ‘Gentle Notifications’, a type of notifications that appear on the lock screen or the ambient screen. This will now be called ‘Adaptive Notifications’. The ‘adaptive brightness’ or the ‘adaptive battery’: there are notifications that do not interest us, and the system will hide them without us having to do anything about it.
Live Wallpaper Preview
Before the appearance of the Beta 4 version of Android 10, each wallpaper was accompanied by an information screen that users were unable to close. Now, users can close this wallpaper information and reopen it to view it.
Swipe notifications in both Directions
In Android 10, we will be able to discard notifications by sliding the bar both to the right and to the left before it was only possible to eliminate them from left to right. Now, we can access the menu by pressing and holding the notification for a few seconds.
Lock Icon Relocated on Lock Screen
Now, on the lock screen, the lock icon will be located in the upper right of the screen that is above the time and weather before it was at the bottom of the screen. Now, in the lower part of the screen, we will have information corresponding to the Smart Lock to know if it is activated or deactivated.
The Settings Menu Features a ‘Facial Authentication’ Option
Android has adjusted its facial recognition, meaning that this type of biometric authentication will be a reference point in the system. It can be used to make payments and log in to different applications as well as Google accounts.
Changes in the ‘Ambient’ Screen
The clock on the new ‘Ambient screen’ is now more striking. The icon of the music application use will no longer appear next to the name of the song that plays. The date disappears from the information displayed, and the weather information is now displayed in the second row.
In the notification settings menu, we can activate to be shown in the form of bubbles, as it is in Facebook Messenger chat. At the moment, this function only works with specific applications, with very few being compatible. Hopefully, in future updates, the number will be increased.
The New Dark Mode
In the Beta 4 version of Android 10, the dark mode has received numerous improvements. In the display configuration, the dark theme can be activated by a switch. Also, when the dark mode is activated, the search bar at the bottom of the screen turns grey, and the notification priority setting menu will also turn grey although a little lighter.
Better Battery Life Management
Now, the battery saver mode will automatically turn off when the mobile phone has reached 90%. Usually, this option is activated automatically when the mobile phone drops to 15%.
Vibration Intensity Setting Option
So far in Android, we had two options – vibration or no vibration. Now, thanks to Android 10, we can have different vibration intensities, the user can choose between ‘high’, ‘medium’ or ‘low’ intensity. This new configuration can be found under the ‘Accessibility’ section, not in ‘Sounds and vibration’.
Navigation Buttons return to the system
After disappearing in Android 9 Pie and the first Beta versions of Android 10, the classic operating system keypad, with three buttons dedicated to multitasking is back and will appear on the home screen. The user can choose between the three buttons or the gestures on the screen.
Digital Wellbeing comes enhanced with new features and Parental Control
‘Digital Wellbeing’ surfaced on Android 9 Pie as a function to analyze the use we gave to our phone and thus act accordingly, avoiding possible addictions. In Android 10, we continue to find this new function, with the practical ‘Focus Mode’ (the user can deactivate, the applications’ notifications to perform more in professional activities). A very suitable function for students and workers during office hours.
In Android 10, we find in this ‘Digital Wellbeing’ a new parental control that helps parents to monitor their children’s use of the mobile phone, setting daily limits of screen consumption and hours of going to bed. Children can request, through the application, an ‘extra time’ if they feel that the given time is too short.
A function Google developed to help deaf people to use the mobile with the same ease as other people. Any word that rings on your phone will be conveniently subtitled by the new ‘Live Caption’ feature that will be available in the Accessibility section.
Swipe from the Sides
Android 10 will be the first time the gesture is implemented from left to right, and vice versa, to go back, already fully installed in customization layers such as MIUI or EMUI. Until now, we had only two gestures, multitasking, and the home screen. With Android 10, we can completely dispense with the navigation bar, replacing it with gestures on the screen. Although, as we said before, we can alternate between the gestures and the standard triple keypad, such as EMUI and MIUI.
Menu to Share faster
Now, when we want to share something through social networks or instant messaging services, the menu screen that appears will be a bit different: at the top, we will have a section for the clipboard and below a series of applications that the system believes would be good for you to share it. In this way, the system wants to accelerate the action of sharing pages and other types of elements.
Before Android 10, if a user wanted to record their mobile screen, they had to download and install a third-party application. Although we must warn that the function will be more hidden than it should, to record the screen, we must go to the Developer Options, go to ‘Experimental Functions’ hidden in ‘Feature Flags’. Within this screen, we must go to the option ‘settings_screenrecord_long_press’ and activate the switch that appears next to it. Now, press and hold the lock button. The typical screen to turn off, restart the device and capture screen will appear. Press and hold the ‘screenshot’ option for a few seconds and a small overprinted window will be activated. Start recording by pressing the corresponding button.
Screenshots now feature Rounded Edges and Notches
When we take a screenshot, we receive a rectangular image, something far from what we usually see on a mobile, with rounded corners and, sometimes, a notch on the screen. Now we can have these characteristics in the capture, but we do not know if it is an exclusive function of Pixel phones.
Theme Options Available on Android 10
If Android has suffered from something, it is of the little variety of customization of its theme. In Android 10, this is corrected, giving the possibility to configure the accent color, the type between two sources and the shape of the icons. This configuration will be available in the ‘Developer options’.