Pixel smartphones contain Android 10 OS and are starting to exude down to devices not developed by Google too. If you have just downloaded the latest update, these are the new features you should be checking out in your first priority.
Some of the latest features of Android 10 have been requested by customers for a long time, while others tackle increasing issues about privacy. Google has placed a lot into this update software, which is the first to drop the cute theme and go for a more mature brand name. Here’s our list of Android 10’s best tips and tricks.
Security patches directly from the Play Store
Updates to the Google Play system can now be sent to your phone from the Google Play Store for security and privacy fixes. It works the same as updating your apps. The change means you get these fixes as soon as they are available without waiting for a complete update of the OS.
Smart Reply, whatever messaging app you use
Smart Reply is one of the first new features you will see on Android 10. It enables you to respond to messages using one of the suggested responses from Google and even directly from the notification bar. Google apps have been available before, but with Android 10, it comes to all messaging apps, including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
With privacy being a major component of Android 10, Google was fast to point out that Smart Reply utilizes on-device AI to work out suggested answers, and nothing is being sent to servers from Google. Of course, the AI isn’t that good yet, you don’t get the choice on every email, but you’d be amazed how often it can save you from opening applications and typing out a brief answer.
For a while, Android users asked for this one, and it’s lastly here. There’s now a system-wide dark mode on Android 10. In the settings menu, you can turn it on, or generate a quick-tile environment for switching on and off from the drop-down menu. Dark mode influences all Android menus and applications endorsed. When you move to battery saver mode, it will automatically kick in, since saving battery life on the OLED display is one of the primary reasons individuals are calling for this function and why dark modes are so common.
Smarter sharing options
Sharing on Android has always been a bit of a hassle, but Google has made it much easier with Android 10. The Share menu now allows you to load more choices to send connections, pictures, and other information from your smartphone to others. There are now opportunities to share with many other applications as well as SMS, famous messaging applications, and email. For instance, sharing with Google Keep saves you from having to copy and paste text to your note-taking app from a webpage or message.
You can also share with yourself faster and more easily. One of the best examples of this is to share with one of your devices a Chrome tab. If I use Chome on my smartphone and want to keep reading on my tablet to have a larger display, the new Share menu in Android 10 allows me to send the tab between the two devices easily.
You can now choose only to share location data with apps while you’re using them. You’ll also receive reminders when an app that you are not actively using is accessing your location, so you can decide whether or not to continue sharing. This adds a third location sharing option to the previous all or nothing extremes.
Share Wi-Fi Networks with QR codes
Sharing Wi-Fi passwords with friends and colleagues on Android has always been a pain, especially if the password is a long string of random numbers and letters. Now, Google took a leaf from the book of Huawei and integrated Wi-Fi sharing right into the OS. You can select to share your connected networks via QR code from the Wi-Fi settings. The menu also shows the password clearly, so if you want to, you can read it out to more or one party.
Part of Google’s Digital Wellbeing package, Focus Mode aims to remove some of the distractions that certain apps can bring to your smartphone. You can pause distracting apps, and to make this even more painless, there’s even a fast-setting tile. For apps you have identified as having the potential to distract you, notifications will also be paused. The idea is that if you decide to settle in and study or spend time with your loved ones, you can remove the temptation of WhatsApp messages coming or having the urge to watch a quick video on YouTube.
Web & App Activity and Ad Settings in once place
In a new Privacy section under Settings, you’ll find controls like Web & App Activity and Ad Settings in one place. It’s not really game-changing, but it makes things a little more convenient to find.
New gestures for navigation
With Android 10, Google has improved gesture navigation – don’t tell me you are still using the 3-button system? You can now slide your finger in from the edge of the screen to go back, for example. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once it clicks, it becomes second nature. You can also pull up the home screen, and fluidly move between tasks. A new feature Google is calling “peaks” is designed to reduce accidental gesture inputs, and gives you a kind of pre-warning that you are about to trigger a gesture. It looks especially slick on smartphones with a 90Hz display, such as the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Have you discovered any cool new features in the depths of Android 10? Let us know so we can check them out, and tell us your favorite new functionality since Android 10 landed on our smartphones.