Android 10 is Official, Ditches Sweet Desserts

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Google will no longer name its Android mobile operating system after desserts, bringing a decade-long tradition to an end. Google decided to go with numerical for future iterations of Android, for ease and integrity in identifying and naming the OS. This makes Android Pie, the last Android iteration to have been named after a dessert.

It seems that the reason for this change is to make it easier for users across the globe, to quickly understand which version of Android is installed into their smartphone devices. But those were not the only changes, as the logo has a slight makeover with a different colour scheme over a dark background.

What’s new in Android 10?

Like Apple’s rival software iOS 13, Android 10 will add a new Dark Mode feature that lets users swap the white backgrounds on some apps and menus to “true black”. The mode isn’t just for looks, but it will save battery life on mobiles equipped with OLED displays.

No navigation buttons

Google has decided to ditch navigation buttons completely and use full-screen gestures for navigation in the UI. To augment the effectiveness of this feature, Google also permits certain apps to restrict the area of gesture recognition while it’s on the run.

Better privacy

From a study by the International Computer Science Institute, a whopping number of over 1300 apps are notoriously known for scraping personal data and information such as the MAC addresses, personal details, passwords, etc. in the form of permissions and other such workarounds. Google has reportedly been working on fixing this during the roll-out of the latest iteration of Android.

Dark Mode

Android 10 is said to have a Dark Mode over the entire UI, that can be toggled by a functionality button to switch between light and dark themes. Dark mode can save power and provides a better UX while viewing the mobile phone screen in darkness.

More Developer Tools

More developer tools that include “Force desktop mode” that gives the developers to push the display, the UI onto a desktop’s screen, “Game Updates Package Preference” and the return of “Freeform windows” are noted updates in the dev tools section.

Removal of Android Beams

Google has decided to ditch Android Beams, an NFC peer to peer sharing method from Android 10. The new Files app by Google can be the replacement app for the Android beams.

While the Android 10 is still in beta, we won’t recommend you to install on primary devices unless you know the risk. Here is a list of compatible devices shared by Google that support Android 10 Beta operating system. 

  • ASUS ZenFone 5Z
  • Essential Phone
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LGE G8
  • Nokia 8.1
  • OnePlus 6T
  • OPPO Reno
  • Realme 3 Pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Tecno Spark 3 Pro
  • Vivo X27
  • Vivo NEX S
  • Vivo NEX A
  • Xiaomi Mi 9
  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
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