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What's new with Android 10?
Formerly known as Android Q in the run up, Android 10 is bringing a ton of new features to your device, so what can you expect? We’ve highlighted all the best bits for you.
The biggest shift from Android Pie is the long-anticipated dark mode, called Dark Theme. It’s currently only available on a few menus and apps, but more are becoming available in Dark Theme every day. There’s a dedicated Dark Theme button in the quick settings menu that lets you toggle it on and off as needed. It will also get turned on automatically when you turn on Battery Saver mode.
If your phone has an OLED screen, this is great news for you. It will allow your handset to turn off pixels in areas of the display that are black anyway, so you’ll save extra battery power – pretty neat.
In iOS 12, Apple introduced Screen Time to monitor device use. Android 10’s answer is Digital Wellbeing - which gives you a range of ways to manage your screen time in a healthy way.
If you’re the sort of person who needs to remove distractions in order to concentrate, you’ll love Focus Mode. It lets you pause notifications from an app for a select amount of time, so you can concentrate on the task at hand.
There’s a Family Link option too, so you can keep an eye on how much time your children and other loved ones are spending on games or other apps, helping you to make sure they’re not glued to their screens all day.
If you’re considering a foldable phone, it’s good to know that Android 10 is fully supported on the Samsung Galaxy Fold - and works perfectly across its folded and unfolded screens.
Android 10 is currently the only operating system supporting folding phones – so it’s very likely any others that get released will run it too.
Face ID authentication
Android 10 supports Face ID, which means it can use facial scans to authenticate you. We don’t know quite how this will work yet, and it will likely depend on whether your handset has the right in-built hardware for the job, but it’s an exciting feature that could be very useful in the future.
Enhanced privacy features
Privacy is becoming more and more important to us, so it’s great that Android 10 gives you more control over privacy settings than ever. You’ll be able to control individual app access to location info and shared files, as well as photos and videos
In addition, Android 10 beta 3 introduced an exciting new feature called Scoped Storage, which allowed users to have more control over how apps access external storage.
When can I get Android 10 on my phone?
The good news is you won’t have to wait much longer. Android 10 is already available on the Google Pixel & Pixel XL ranges up to Pixel 3 and 3 XL.
Other handsets will begin to get the Android 10 update into 2020, as different brands develop versions to work with each of their phones.
Are you looking forward to getting to try out Android 10? Perhaps you’re one of the lucky few that already have it? Let us know what you’re loving about it in the comments below.