Google has simply launched the ultimate model of its new working system for Android telephones. Though it’s been accessible as a beta launch below the title Android Q, the brand new model is called … effectively, it has nothing to do with the letter Q. It’s simply Android 10, which makes it the primary time in 10 years that the cell working system doesn’t have a dessert-themed title. Rest assured, although, a few of its new options are nonetheless fairly candy. (You knew that was coming.)
Here are 5 options to look ahead to in Android 10—a few of which have been accessible within the prerelease, plus a pair that weren’t. Also needless to say not all of those options are launching straight away, and once they do they could be accessible solely on Google’s personal Pixel gadgets first.
New Gesture Navigation
Last yr’s launch of Android 9 included essentially the most vital adjustments to the Android navigation bar since Android 4.0. This yr Google goes all in on gesture navigation, as an increasing number of smartphones ship with “edge-to-edge” shows and lose their chins on the backside. Basically, Google desires to standardize gesture navigation throughout Android telephones. And that is considerably controversial.
For instance: On Android 9 Pie, you’d swipe up from the “pill” on the backside of the display screen to view recently-opened apps (much like the way you entry current apps on the iPhones with out Home buttons). But there was nonetheless a Back button to the left of that tablet. Now, with Android 10, that Back button has been changed with a side-swipe gesture, which is usually complicated.
Google defined the transfer by saying that Android customers depend on the Back button 50 p.c greater than they do they Home button, so the corporate wished to design this new Back characteristic to be in essentially the most reachable locations on the cellphone’s display screen. In a briefing with WIRED, Google vp of Android engineering Dave Burke mentioned he believes that these new gesture controls make it rather a lot simpler to make use of a smartphone with only one hand. But he additionally acknowledged it won’t be for everybody—particularly individuals with restricted dexterity. Fortunately, you may nonetheless allow a extra conventional three-icon navigation system in Android 10 settings.
More Dark Mode
With the rollout of Android 9 Pie, we received a system-wide “dark mode,” nevertheless it utilized solely to sure parts of the consumer interface, like a Settings panel and another menus. With Android 10, darkish mode will apply to each the system UI and particular apps (offered you choose in). And in the event you activate the battery-saving setting on a Pixel operating Android 10, darkish mode can be enabled by default.
Starting right now, YouTube, Google Fit, Google Keep, and Google Calendar can be accessible in darkish mode. Later this month, Gmail and Chrome will assist it too. All of those have been noticed in beta variations of the Android 10 OS.
Google isn’t the one cell participant getting behind the darkish mode pattern; Apple’s iOS 13 features a darkish mode as effectively. And, as CNET factors out, non-Apple and non-Google apps like Feedly, Facebook Messenger, Reddit, Twitter, and Slack have already embraced it. Welcome to the darkish facet—it’s a pattern that’s right here to remain.
Both Apple and Google have been constructing extra accessibility options instantly into their cell working techniques, a particularly optimistic factor. With Android 10, Google is rolling out one thing referred to as Live Captioning. This is completely different from Live Transcribe, one other accessibility characteristic that Google rolled out on Pixel telephones earlier this yr, which transcribes the audio because it’s being shared in your speedy setting. Live Captioning, the brand new characteristic, applies textual content to prerecorded movies, resembling one your pal simply messaged you.