Android 10/Q is the new version of Android that has been released in August. Just like every other update this update has full of new features and reworks making the android system better and better. For the last few months, there have been several speculations regarding Android Q’s name. Ever since Android 1.5 Cupcake, every Android version has had a dessert name to accompany it. However, this is the first time Android 10 (which is what this version is going to be called) will not have any sort of dessert name. According to the details, we know Google is officially done with dessert names. The main reason for this is because Google is rebranding the entire Android look and feel. From now on when you think and see android all you will see is the name and a green robot. Giving the logo a much simpler and elegant look.
There are a few things that are changing for the better and other things that are going to take getting used to for most users. The first and probably the biggest change is going to be the removal of the back button. For several people, this is going to be a big change as most rely on the back button to go back. Android has been trying to shift users to the gesture-based navigation for some time now but only now has it actually been a bit more enforced. So, in other words, swiping up goes home, swiping up and holding shows a multitasking window, swiping from the left or right edge of your screen goes back. However, if you are one of the people who do not want to use gesture-based navigation Android 10 still allows you to switch back to the conventional navigation. But it is unclear if these options will remain on the newer devices being released later this year.
Dark Mode is a feature that has been asked for by the community for a few years now and finally, Google has decided to add dark mode as a native theme. Essentially dark mode does is apply a system-wide dark theme that can be turned on and off anytime via a quick setting toggle. An added bonus for developers is Google has created an API that developers can use to have their apps go in and out of dark themes as the dark mode is toggled. Another thing that compliments the dark mode is additional theming options that give our devices the ability to be even further customized. Google has added a new theming section where you could change the phone's accent color and more.
Have you ever wished you had subtitles when a person is talking well Google listed to what you had to say and added a new feature called Live Caption in Android 10? This feature adds the ability for a video to automatically show captions as a person is talking in real-time which will be a great feature for people who are in a location that cannot have sound enabled or for people who are deaf.
Permissions have taken a big change in Android 10 as well. Privacy has been a big concern ever since the internet has become so vastly used and powerful. In android, this was one thing that kept most users from switching, however, with every version of android that is released more and more security issues have been addressed and with this version that same has happened. In Android 10, Google is implementing new features for app permissions to help give you a better understanding and more control over what permissions you are giving what apps on your devices. For example, apps that use your GPS will now have the option to give the ability to use the GPS only if the app is open, at all times, or completely deny.
Another big change if not one of the most anticipated change is android’s share menu. This new and improved shared menu is much more refined and looks much better. This design and functionality are similar to the IOS experience.
Lastly, support for foldable phones. Everyone is hyped and excited for foldable phones that are coming out and some are ready to buy it which is an entirely different topic altogether. However, with this new release of Android, native support for folding phones is going to be added which will help most if not all manufacturers who plan or are already building foldable phones. This will definitely help users have a much-refined experience when using foldable phones.