We should expect the release of Android 10 this fall, and we can’t really wait anymore. A couple of beta versions have been released already for certain phones, so users can try some of the features out. Google is receiving feedback and working accordingly.
While we wait for the full release, let’s go ahead and explore some of the features we’ve salvaged off the beta versions:
An Operating System Ready for Foldable Smartphones:
For the new device class of smartphones, whose displays can be folded up to the size of small tablets, Google gives the app developers in Android 10 additional software tools in hand. The main thing is to let an application continue functioning when changing the screen size.
Android needs to support two fundamentally different concepts of smartphones in the future. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold has two screens: one can be folded up like a book to tablet size and is not visible in the folded state, while another small display on the outside takes over the smartphone functions. While in Huawei’s competition model Mate X, the screen remains on the outside when folding and can be used alternately from both sides at half size.
Dark Mode is Darker and Better!
As part of the Google Developer Conference, Google published another blog post in May and announced two more highlights. One of the main new changes to the operating system is tweaking the dark mode a little bit.
Many interface elements, including notifications, Quick Settings, and the Google Search bar are already colored in black in Android 10. Even some apps, such as phone or settings, have already been provided with the dark design. With the next betas, we expect the Dark Mode to expand to all system apps and the whole UI. The Dark Mode can also be activated automatically when the user goes to rest. Third-party apps can be adapted by the developers so that they automatically switch to the Dark Mode.
New Gesture Controls: Improved Functionality
Google also added modified gesture control in Android 10 Q. When Android 9 Pie introduced gesture control, Google had to take a lot of criticism. We find in the current beta of Android Q a completely revised version. As with iOS, there is a small white bar at the bottom of the screen; If you move up, you get to the home screen. Also, calling the last open apps or switching between apps is identical to iOS. Only the back gesture differs from Apple in that it be can swiped inward from both sides of the screen, while Apple only functions through the left side of the screen.
Updates, Restrictions, and New Features in Android 10:
Two other improvements regarding updating your phone will be added. System updates will be done with no action made by the user. Security updates will be made available in the future via the Google Play Store and will not even need a restart of the smartphone. Live Captions will be added to Android 10, which displays subtitles while playing songs.
More restrictions were added in regards to the permissions a user gives to apps. No more apps viewing your GPS where you didn’t intend to grant it so.
Other new features of Android Q include direct access for apps to depth-of-field camera settings, as well as adaptive notifications that can automatically adjust to user behavior.
Face Recognition Might Be Added in Android 10:
So far, there are only speculations about other features. Android Q is said to include a native face recognition that is highly functional. This would not only eliminate the manufacturer’s own solutions in the future – and thus potential security vulnerabilities – the face recognition could also be used system-wide, such as unlocking certain apps.
When Will Android 10 Be Released?
Android 10 is not officially available yet. Some features are therefore only rumors, others may have been confirmed, but nothing is fixed yet. Android 10 Q is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019. So, all we have to do is sit tight and wait for things to unveil.
Which Smartphones Will Get Android Q?
Google itself guarantees an update of its smartphones Pixel 3 (2018) and Pixel 2 (2017) for at least three years. The first pixel generation (2016) is only supported for two years. This means in concrete terms: The Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 models get Android 10, the original pixel remains at Android 9.
Third-party manufacturers give no guarantee for an Android update, but many well-known brands, including Samsung, Sony and LG supply their flagship models up to two years with the latest version of Android. The chances are not bad that, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S8 still receives an update to Android 10. Older devices like the Galaxy 7 will most likely not be updated.
Google is always updating their operating system to fit new changes in the industry, and provide its users with as much functionality as possible. Let’s hope Android 10 is worth the wait!