Android 10 may drop today, ditches dessert naming convention


Android 10 starts rolling out from 3 September to all Pixel phones, including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL. But it could roll out anytime, and most likely today itself, especially after Google locked down after releasing the final beta update for Android 10 only a few days ago. A thin white bar is present at the bottom and swiping up across it will take you to the home screen. Swiping left and right from the screen replaces the back button, which isn't immediately obvious, and a slightly longer press on the side of the screen occasionally opens a navigation drawer.

Another major update, which is called "Project Mainline", will allow Google to release critical security and privacy patches directly from the Play Store, without having to wait for a full operating system update. Additionally, Essential Phone and Redmi K20 Pro are the other devices that have received the update by its OEMs on day one. It now works in popular messaging apps too and the underlying machine learning algorithms have been enhanced to provide action suggestions. This means that phones switch between portrait and landscape mode more fluidly, and developers will benefit greatly from including "resizeableActivity" in their apps. This might just be one of the more important changes on Android 10, to be honest. And if you need to focus on work and avoid distractions, the Focus mode will help you with that, although it's still on beta.

Moreover, Google's latest and greatest software also totes improved notifications that will allow users to quickly navigate to relevant applications.

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Google's also pushing for better personal control over data privacy within apps on your device.

With Android 10, users can now choose to share location data with apps only when they're using them - similar to Apple's iOS 13 and iOS 12. Did you get an update to it on your Pixel smartphone today? With that said, some things can be considered overhauls that come with big impacts, like the the new privacy settings. Additionally, devices that run Android 10 transmit a randomized MAC addresses (a unique number that identifies your device) by default.