Android 10 available: Focus on the OS improvements

The latest version of Google’s operating system for Android devices is officially released. Let’s see the new features of this OS, which will first be available¬†soon on Pixel terminals.

Good start for Android 10. Almost a year after the first features unveiled at the 2018 Android Dev Summit, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system is officially launched. In a post, Google’s Vice President of Engineering, Dave Burke, summarizes all his improvements and innovations that will benefit Pixel terminal users first, before other manufacturers (Huawei, Samsung, Nokia …) based on their implementation and deployment roadmap.

“With this version, we have focused on simplifying your daily life with features based on machine learning, as well as support for technologies such as folding screens and 5G. At the same time, with nearly 50 privacy and security changes, Android 10 gives you greater protection, transparency, and control over your data,” explains Dave Burke.

Advanced security patches from Google Play

In terms of security, privacy, and personal data protection, Android 10 is making changes. First of all, it is possible to share location data with apps when they are used. “You will also receive reminders when an application you are not actively using accesses your site. So you can decide between whether or not to continue sharing,” says Burke. In addition to grouping several controls (Web & App activity, ad settings, etc.) in a single Settings tab. Essential security fixes will be pushed from Google Play when it is updated.

Other Android 10 announcements will also include finer control of silent mode notifications, integration of the Family Link native parental control application to set usage limit rules (time, application, …).

Smart reply and other features

In terms of ergonomics and handling, Android 10 brings several evolutions, starting with the “smart reply” function. It simplifies the user’s life by directly opening content or a link (address, video, etc.) in a specific application (Maps, YouTube, etc.) without going through endless copy and paste.

Note that this function is also compatible with different messaging apps.

Other notable improvements: the “dark mode”

It makes it possible to make the display of content more readable (photos, calendars, …) while saving battery power. Also, the navigation by gestures to make navigation between different tasks and applications more natural.

A new tool, Live Caption, available by the end of the year, first on Pixel, will allow content (audio, text, etc.) to be recorded and integrated into videos with a single click.