We know everything about the next big Android operating system update, Android 10, which has been publicly released as of September 3 – but only for Google Pixel phones at first.
The latest major update was introduced as Android Q at Google IO 2019 but has been officially rebranded as Android 10. Sorry, dessert names – switching to numbers is easier for global users to grasp.
“As a global operating system, it’s important that these names are clear and relatable for everyone in the world,” Google VP of product management for Android, Sameer Samat, wrote in a blog post. “We think this change helps make release names simpler and more intuitive for our global community.”
The Android 10 update brings a ton of new features, which Google has listed on its official page for the new software.
Among all the new toys, the long-awaited system-wide dark mode (called ‘Dark Theme’) is the biggest shift from Android Pie. iOS-like Gesture Navigation has also been added, along with privacy controls and Focus Mode for shutting notifications off when you need to get things done. There are also details on Project Mainline, which was introduced at Google IO 2019 that enables Google to beam over-the-air security updates to phones between major updates.
What else is new with Android 10? We’ve got a working features list below, based on everything we’ve seen on the official page, in the ongoing beta, and what we saw at Google IO.
Android 10 release date
- March 13: The first Android 10 developer beta has launched
- April 3: Android 10 beta 2 gave us bugs fixes and app bubbles
- May 7: Android 10 beta 3 launched at Google IO 2019
- Early June: The final incremental update, beta 4, land in June
- July: Beta 5 and beta 6, release candidates, land this month
- September 3: The public version is released – though not all phones get it on launch day
Android 10 has been officially released, but that doesn’t mean it’s available for all phones just yet. Each OEM must develop their own version of the update for each phone and work with carriers to release it, which can take months. Don’t be surprised if your handset doesn’t get Android 10 until 2020.
Of course, the Google Pixel phones get the latest version on launch day – and surprising no one, the Essential phone is also getting day one compatibility in select markets, according to this tweet.
Below is a full list of all the phones that have Android 10 thus far.
- Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL
- Google Pixel 3a / Pixel 3a XL
- Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel / Pixel XL
Android 10: what’s new
We’re getting a better idea of the new Android 10 features to come thanks to the beta of Google’s mobile operating system. Additional features and bug fixes have come with all the beta releases up through the sixth and final beta that came out in early August.
Some of the changes are confirmed, while others remain rumors. Here’s what you can expect ahead of the official Android 10 release date in August.
Automatically caption media playing on your phone.
With a single tap, Live Caption automatically captions videos, podcasts, and audio messages—even stuff you record yourself. Without ever needing wifi or cell phone data
Take action right as you reply.
In Android 10, you get more than just suggested responses to your messages. You also get the recommended actions. So, if a friend asks you out to dinner, your phone will suggest you text “👍🏻”. Then, it’ll also pull up directions right in Google Maps. It even works in messaging apps like Signal.
Hear what’s around you more clearly.
With Sound Amplifier, your phone can boost sound, filter background noise, and fine-tune to how you hear best. Whether talking to your best friend, watching TV, or listening to a lecture — just plug in your headphones and hear everything more clearly.
Get around with a swipe and a pull.
Gestures are now quicker and more intuitive than ever. Go backward and forwards, pull up the home screen, and swipe up to see your open apps. All super smooth.
The newest, game-changing devices.
Foldables and 5G devices are only available on Android. So you get to experience the latest and greatest features on devices that fold, flex, and move faster than ever.
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