Google has begun the Android 10 rollout to its Pixel phones. After being in the news for rechristening Android Q to Android 10, the latest generation OS will reach the Pixel smartphones, starting today. The update will be dispersed as an OTA update to the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, and Pixel XL phones. Stephanie Cuthbertson, Senior Director of Product Management, Android, said in a post that the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) page has also received the Android 10 source code.
Downloading and Installing the Android 10:
If you own any of the Pixel devices, you would want to get your hands-on the stable version of Android 10 as the beta version won’t do you any good. So, follow the steps to upgrade your phone from Pie to Android 10.
You can wait for the Android 10 OTA update to arrive or instead check for new updates in your settings by going to Settings > System > System updates. The upgrade won’t harm any of your data but just in case, take a backup assuming if anything goes wrong while updating your Pixel device.
But if the update hasn’t arrived for you and you can’t hold your horses, you can visit the Android 10 factory images pages if you want to flash the full ROM onto your phones. Obviously, doing so will erase data so users should proceed with caution and take back up before starting the process of flashing.
Android 10 Features:
Android 10 brings a slew of new features, but Google mainly focuses on privacy and appearance. Dive down to check out the features.
Live Caption: This option will automatically caption the media playing on your device. No separate app installation is required; only a single tap and live Caption automatically captions videos, podcasts, and audio messages – that includes anything you record. And the miraculous part is that it won’t be needing wifi or cell phone data.
Privacy Controls: Android 10 will introduce newer privacy features within Settings. It will include Activity Controls, Location History, and Ad Settings. Scoped Storage is another feature that gives users better control over their apps can access files on external storage like a microSD card, as well as limiting app access to sensitive user and app data. Android 10 will also include blocking unwanted app launches from the background, and in an effort to prevent tracking, Android 10 will limit access to “non-resettable device identifiers” apart from randomizing MAC addresses.
Enhanced Notifications: Android 10 will now classify notifications into Gentle and Priority. This will indeed help us with the overload of notifications we all get daily. Priority notifications will grab the users’ attention with sounds and status bar icons and will appear on the lock screen, while Gentle notifications will always be silent and will simply live in the pull-down notifications shade.
Smart Reply: Android 10 will now recommend you suggestions to respond to the other person. That’s what smart reply is. In addition, you will also get the recommended actions. For instance, if your mother asks to call you back, your device will give you responses like ‘Ok’ or ‘Sure.’ It can even redirect you to Google Maps.
Sound Amplifier: The sound amplifier will boost your phone’s sound and filter background noise. You can even fine-tune to suit whatever it is that you are listening or watching – podcasts, watching videos, or talking in a busy room, once you plus your earphones, you will be able to hear everything clearly.
Gesture Navigation: Google is adapting iPhone style gestures. They have made it quicker. You can go backward and forwards, pull up the home screen, and swipe up to see your open apps.
Focus Mode: This mode will help you by focusing on what matters the most right now. You can turn off a distracting app or pause some apps temporarily. All this can be done with just one tap.
Family Link: This one’s for the elders as this feature will help guide your kids as they learn, play, and explore online. Screen time limits can be set, which can also give you app activity, manage the apps and track the device.
Location Controls: This feature will allow users to control an application’s access to the location. It will also offer more options to choose from, like, grant access all the time, never, or only when the app is open.
Support for Foldable Devices: With manufacturers embracing foldable devices, Android had to answer the elephant in the room – the support for foldable devices. In its demo I/O 2019, Google showed a cool continuity feature wherein games switched from a smaller screen to a larger tablet-like screen seamlessly. With the impending arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, this support will be useful and extend support to more such phones in the future.
Dark theme: Unfortunately, Samsung and Apple beat out Google to it. Nonetheless, dark mode is here. This dark theme uses true black to keep your battery alive longer. Plus, it also changes how your Google apps look. This will save the battery and reduce the strain on your eyes.
More and more phones will receive Android 10 as Google had said that “it is working with a number of partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 10 this year.”
Are you excited for Android 10? What feature did grab your attention? Let us know in the comments section below.