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The Ten Best Features of New Google Android 10 to use in 2020

The Ten Best Features of New Google Android 10 to use in 2020

Lately, Google has released Android 10 and this OS is available currently on Google Pixel Android smartphones and later will be coming to other Android cell phones as well because the users of Android now are 2.5 billion. Android 10 was earlier known as Android Q which represents a departure for Google.

In calling it Android 10, Google company is no longer naming the operating after desserts as it did with the most recent iteration Pie and prior versions such as Marshmallow, Lollipop, and Oreo. Note that Android 10 is the tenth major release and the 17th version of the Android mobile operating system. It was released on September 3, 2019.

Though we have already covered in one of our previous posts about the features of Android Q, now as the release is full and final and if you are having the update or will be soon having it here are the ten best features of new Google Android 10 to experience.

1. You can have the dark mode

In the battery saver mode in Android 10 cell phones, the device will automatically go dark to help you preserve the power.  Also, you can apply this dark theme for your Google Calendar and Photos app – Gmail comes later. This means even third-party apps can automatically engage a dark theme when this mode is active. Also, Apple is taking a similar path, having announced a dark mode for its own upcoming mobile operating system, iOS 13.

How to turn on dark mode in Android 10 read our next post

2. Smart reply on messaging apps

Android 10 features

Google’s smart reply feature now works across all messaging apps and is built into the Android notification system. Powered by on-device machine learning, Google can help predict your next action. Should a friend send a notification with an address, like, a smart reply would let you tap to open that address in Google Maps.

3. Live captioning

live captioning

By leveraging automatic speech recognition, Google is adding a live captioning for almost all the audio on the device, even when you have no Wi-Fi or are in airplane mode. It’s an accessibility benefit for sure, but Google says Android users might use the feature, like, when they want to watch a video in public but don’t have headphones.

4. Parental control Family Link

Family link Android 10

Past few years,  you must have noticed that Google introduced tools to help you tame your kid’s smartphone addiction. You could manage usage on some devices through what is called Family Link. And with last year’s version of Android (Pie), Google focused on a slate of “Digital Wellbeing” tools, for all of us who can’t seem to stop glancing at the screens. Google says every Android 10 device (and, for that matter, Pie device) will now have Family Link.

5. Focus mode 

Android 10 focus mode

If you are easily distracted by apps and notifications on your Android phone then Android 10 features the new Focus Mode that is also part of “Digital Wellbeing tools, you can choose the apps you find distracting, at least some of the time like emails, and pause them with a single tap. Also if you are addicted to using  such apps, Android will serve up a notice to remind you that you were hoping to focus elsewhere. You are free to override that notice by heading to the phone’s settings and put such apps to the back until you’re again distracted by them.

6. Privacy updates

Privacy

According to Google, Android 10 has nearly 50 new built-in privacy and security features. A few worth noting are that you’ll now be able to share location data with apps while you’re using them but also receive a reminder when an app is accessing your location when you’re not actively engaging with it. If you’re not cool with that app knowing where you are all the time, you can stop sharing your whereabouts until you use the app again. There are also new restrictions on the launching of activities by background apps.

Fixes updates

Moreover, Google Play can now dispatch important security and privacy fixes in the same way, Google says, that apps themselves update. You won’t need to wait for a full update to the operating system to receive such fixes.  Also, Google has added a Privacy section under Settings, with controls for your web and app activity and ad settings.

7. Gender-inclusive emoji

Google announced 65 new emoji that would be arriving with the latest version of Android, 53 of which support gender-inclusive designs.  Google described some of the stereotypes: The emoji for “police officer” is commonly displayed as male and “person getting a haircut” as female. Now, Google says, emoji that don’t specify gender will default to a gender-ambiguous design, though a user can still choose between male and female presentations if they prefer.

8. Multitasking for foldables

Google is trying to get ahead of the fold here since foldable phones as a category have yet to make a mark. The most famous of these early devices, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, for instance, has been delayed following technical problems with the screen. Google says you’ll be able to open two apps in parallel, messaging app on one screen, a video app on the other.

9. Bubbles Notifications

A feature known as “bubbles” can be used to present content from supported apps in pop-up overlays (similarly to the overlay-based “chat heads” feature of Facebook Messenger. Apps can spawn bubbles via notifications. Like use cases for the feature include chat and messaging apps, reminders, and “ongoing tasks and updates”. Bubbles is designed to replace the existing overlay permission, which is being deprecated due to security (due to its use by clickjacking malware) and performance concerns. Side loaded apps will automatically lose their overlay permission after 30 seconds, and apps from Play Store will lose their overlay permission each time the device is rebooted. Android 10 Go Edition forbids use of overlay permissions entirely.

10. Scoped Storage

A major change to storage access permissions known as “Scoped storage” is supported on Android 10, and will become mandatory for all apps beginning with Android 11. Apps are only allowed to access files in external storage that they had created themselves (preferably contained within an app-specific directory), and audio, image, and video files contained within the Music, Pictures, or Videos directories. Any other file may only be accessed via user intervention through the Storage Access Framework.

Few other interesting Android 10 Features

Few other interesting Android 10 feature are  a revamped full-screen gesture system, with gestures such as swiping from either side edge of the display to go back, swiping up to go to the home screen, swiping up and holding to access Overview, swiping diagonally from a bottom corner of the screen to activate the Google Assistant, and swiping along the gesture bar at the bottom of the screen to switch apps. The use of an edge swiping gesture as a “Back” command was noted as potentially causing conflicts with apps that utilize sidebar menus and other functions accessible by swiping. An API can be used by apps to opt-out of handling a back gesture within specific areas of the screen, a sensitivity control was added for adjusting the size of the target area to activate the gesture, and Google later stated that the drawer widget would support being “peeked” by long-pressing near the edge of the screen, and then swiped open. OEMs are required to support the aforementioned core gestures but are free to add their own gestures alongside them. The traditional three-key navigation system used since Android “Honeycomb” remains supported.

Also, Apps can present “settings panels” for specific settings (such as, for example, internet connection and Wi-Fi settings if an app requires internet) via overlay panels, so that the user does not have to be taken outside of the app in order to configure them.

“Direct Share” has been succeeded by “sharing shortcuts”. As before, it allows apps to return lists of direct targets for sharing (such as a combination of an app and a specific contact) for use within share menus. Unlike Direct Share, apps publish their targets in advance and do not have to be polled at runtime, improving performance.

Native support has been added for MIDI controllers, the AV1 video codec, the Opus audio codec, and HDR10+ There is also a new standard API for retrieving depth information from camera photos, which can be used for more advanced effects.

Android 10 supports WPA3 encryption protocol and Enhanced Open, which introduce opportunistic encryption for Wi-Fi. Android 10 adds support for Dual-SIM dual-standby (DSDS), but is initially only available on the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

Now enjoy these wonderful Android 10 features and have hands-on experience on your Android cell phone.