Over the years Google has accustomed its users to calling its operating system for sweets like Donut, Cupcake or KitKat, and since the new version, Android Q, has been speculated on what the next treat would be. But Google was afraid of diabetes and officially numbered every generation of the OS, and finally Android 10 comes.
The compatible equipments
From today there is a set of smartphones that will receive the new operating system. Initially featured on all Google Pixel models, there are other devices that can upgrade the OS, such as the Essential Phone, a two-year-old smartphone, keeping in line with the constant updates the manufacturer makes. Generally speaking, manufacturers are slow to adapt their equipment and become compatible with new operating systems. Xiaomi has also released the update for the Redmi K20 Pro, making it one of the first to receive the Android update.
Google's latest changes to the operating system aimed to make the compatibility process simpler and faster for hardware producers to update the core of the system. Because of this, many manufacturers were involved during the beta testing process.
Another manufacturer that got on the train from the first day of Android 10 was OnePlus. The Chinese manufacturer has now upgraded to just two models, OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, in which case users have access to OxygenOS, based on Android 10.
Obviously the other manufacturers should follow by upgrading their devices, and based on the Google Beta Program, it will soon be possible to find compatibility with the Asus Zenfone 5Z and Zenfone 6, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the LG G8 ThinQ, all Nokia devices. Android One, Oppo Reno, Realme 3 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ3, among other models from Vivo and Xiaomi.
The new features coming in the tenth generation of Android
In the Android blog, Google states that the new operating system was built on three fundamental pillars. The first is the integration of bases to keep up with technological developments, namely machine learning, 5G and folding smartphones. The second point concerns security and privacy concerns, highlighting almost 50 new developments around user protection and transparency. Finally, the third aspect is concerned with striking a better balance between individuals and technology in the digital age.
Among the list of features, the highlight goes to the "dark mode" introduced natively in the system. Users can now choose to turn the active black screen on, which means it will be automatically applied to apps that support the feature. Gesture navigation is also one of the most talked about features, freeing up the area occupied by menus and access bars to better fill the space with the application itself.
Privacy and security, as noted, are key concerns of Google. Users now have more ease and control, and user experience improvements have been made to easily restrict apps' access to data. And this applies to location data and network scans. On the other hand, Android 10 prevents apps running in the background from launching forward, grabbing users' attention. In fact, the new Focus Mode is even designed to prevent users from being distracted by certain apps. There are also simpler controls for notifications.
Despite a lot of eye-catching news, some of the most important features are invisible, such as Project Mainline, where Google introduces some critical security updates directly from the Play Store, rather than waiting for their smartphone makers or carriers to make their corrections. Assuming this feature only works on smartphones running native Android 10, as devices upgrading from Android 9 are not covered.
An interesting novelty is called Sound Amplifier, and aims to turn hearing aids into Bluetooth headsets, allowing users with hearing impairments to use their own devices to listen to music or receive calls.
Note that some of the announced features have not yet been implemented, others are still in beta testing. On the board you can see a summary of some of the news of Android 10.