“Android 10 is now currently rolling out to all Pixel smartphones and Essential Phone”
After several beta updates, Google Android 10 stable build is now finally rolling out to Pixel smartphones. The update brings new gesture navigation that looks and work strikingly similar to iOS gestures, new chat bubbles and a system-wide dark theme. Google is mainly focusing on privacy and security with revamped permissions and the Digital Wellbeing gains a new Focus mode that restricts pre-selected apps from distracting and Family link that allows parents to set limits. However, the Focus mode is only available in beta for now. The Android 10 update also brings simpler notification controls along with Smart Reply.
Android 10 also includes Android security patch for September. The Project Mainline allows Google to push critical security patches directly through the Play Store instead of waiting for the manufacturer. However, features like Live Caption, which transcribes audio from apps in real-time and was initially showcased at the I/O 2019 earlier this year, won’t be rolling out until later this fall. Gesture support for third-party launchers will also not be available until a post-launch update. The new Privacy section includes important controls like Web and App Activity and Ad Settings in one place.
Android 10 also includes support for changing accent colours, fonts, and icon shapes, but the selection list is currently very limited. Most first-party Google apps already support the dark theme, except for Gmail whose compatibility is currently under testing. The update includes new sharing shortcuts menu that now loads faster and includes frequently shared contacts and apps. Android 10 also rocks a new enterprise feature that enables users to use different keyboards for personal and work profiles, app timers for specific websites, new gender-inclusive emoji, and support for direct audio streaming to hearing aid devices. Android 10 is currently rolling out all to Pixel smartphones and Essential Phone.