After being announced a few weeks ago, Google is now commencing the official rollout of its latest software update, Android 10.
Besides the shift away from dessert-themed names, Android 10 has quite a few new features.
The biggest is a system-wide Dark Theme that makes it easier on the eyes and also saves your phone’s battery life.
Smart Reply now offers suggested actions, so if someone was to send you an address, you’ll be able to directly open Google Maps in just one tap.
Gesture Navigation has been improved to take advantage of phones with a large, edge-to-edge screen. One swipe to the right acts as the back button, swiping from the bottom takes you home and swiping left to right switches between apps.
Project Mainline is a new feature built into Android 10 that allows for system updates to be sent to your phone via the Google Play Store. Meaning, you won’t need a full OS update for some features to be updated.
There is a new Privacy section under Settings in Android 10 and includes things like Web & App Activity and Ad Settings.
Android 10 also brings greater control for notifications, so if you mark one as Silent, it won’t make any noise or appear on the lockscreen.
Family Link is now part of Digital Wellbeing in Android 9 and 10, so you can review apps installed on your family’s devices and set digital ground rules such as screen time limits and more.
Focus Mode in Android 10 allows you to choose which apps are distracting and let you silence them until the mode is disabled. The new mode is available in beta and you can sign up here.
Android 10 is starting to roll out to all Pixel phones today including:
Google is working with its OEM partners to update more devices to Android 10 later this year and into next year. Android 10 will also be on this year’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL when they arrive later this fall.