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Android 10: Everything You Need to Know About the Android Upgrade

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Android 10 is the latest version of the Android operating system. In this article you can read everything you want to know about it. What functions can you expect? And what about your privacy? You can read all about that and more in this background article.

For the first time since 2014, Google has other plans for Android. The appearance of the operating system will have a different look and feel , especially in the communication to the outside world. This time we have to do it without the name of some delicacy and the operating system is simply called Android 10 . The logo is also different. The font has been changed and the well-known android, named Andy, now only shows the top of his head. Andy is now also visible in the new logo.

New way of navigating in Android 10

The changes for this year start with the navigation interface. For example, users have to do it without the back button (that triangle that is on its side). Android 10 offers navigation options based on movements. Swiping left or right at the bottom of the screen will take you back. If you swipe up, you go to your home screen. If you swipe up and then hold your thumb on the screen, you will open the menu with recently opened applications. This will really take some getting used to for the majority of users.

But don’t worry. There is another solution for people who really cannot do without the back button. For example, you can choose to use the Android 9.0 Pie navigation style (with two buttons) or go all the way back to the three-button style. In this way you ultimately decide for yourself which way of steering suits you best. However, keep in mind that when you buy a new phone with Android 10 or update to 10, you will immediately be confronted with the new way of navigating.

Dark mode for Android 10

Android users have been asking for it for months, if not years, and finally the time has come: Android 10 presents a dark mode that is active for the entire system. Moreover, you can activate that mode whenever you want and you are not necessarily dependent on the time of day. Various manufacturers have previously rolled out their own solutions for this, but it is nice to see that this has now simply become a standard feature of Android. Good for the eyes and of course the energy conservation of the battery.

More personalization in Android 10

Phones are personal devices, so it’s nice to see that we can personalize them further and further. You can do that with third-party apps with launchers and themes, but with Android 10 you get access to some theme options that are baked right in. In addition to the dark mode mentioned above (which we also refer to as a theme for the sake of convenience), you can choose from several themes that appear when you activate the developer options (by tapping the build number a number of times).

By doing that you can change the accent color. The standard color is blue, but these colors are also available:

  • Black
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Cinnamon
  • Ocean
  • Space
  • Orchid

Live Caption writes out media immediately

In terms of accessibility, Google presents Live Caption. This is an option with which media can be written out directly locally, so that the deaf and hard of hearing also understand what is playing or being said in a video, podcast or video game. The best part is that you do not need an internet connection for this and that you can always use the function. You can find the option under the accessibility options. Unfortunately, this feature is only available on some high-end smartphones.

Permissions changes in Android 10

Privacy is on the map for people and companies such as Apple and Google know that people attach more importance to this today than in the past. That’s why there are coming changes to permissions on Android , or the way apps and services handle your data. You can now give apps temporary access to your location. So you don’t have to keep doing that constantly and forever. As a result, apps can keep an eye on you less closely and still offer the same functionality.

So you get more control over your own data and the apps that ask for it. You also get more control over shared files. You will soon be able to determine how long apps can access your photos, videos and audio recordings via so-called ‘runtime permissions’. In addition, the permissions settings screen has been overhauled, so that it should be clear much faster which access apps have and which components are used. There is also a new user interface for the information page for the applications.

An improved share menu for Android 10

Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Android at Google, previously said in a response to Twitter that the team behind Android is working on a new sharing menu for the operating system. In fact, it’s a priority as many users have complained that sharing things is slow. Burke indicates in his response that the problem cannot be solved just like that and that it takes a lot of work. Ultimately, sharing links and photos, for example, has become faster and much better.

So Google has tinkered a lot behind the scenes on sharing things with Android, so this now works better. In the future, data will be ‘pushed’ to the new menu; now that menu has to pull the data from somewhere. As a result, the share menu can now be loaded much faster, regardless of the phone you are using. Moreover, there are now Sharing Shortcuts that make file sharing in specific areas of the app much faster. In other words: whatever you want to share with Android 10 now, it works faster and more intuitively.

Built-in support for foldable smartphones

The first foldable smartphones were released in 2019 . Many of them currently run on Android, so it is important that native support is built in. And Google knows that. That’s why Android 10 has been optimized for such phones, so that in any case it’s not the software when something goes wrong. The changes under the hood are more for developers so they can tweak their apps for these phones – users will have to find that everything is running very smoothly,

Phones with Android 10

At the time of writing, there are not many phones with Android 10. Nevertheless, several manufacturers have already announced that they will arrive with the update when it is available. For instance, Huawei, Nokia, Google Pixel, Samsung and OnePlus 7.