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Android 10 is Here: Dark Theme, Gesture Navigation and More

This time the iconic dessert naming scheme is gone, it's just Android 10.

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Android 10 is finally out for all Pixel phones after several beta versions have been out for testing. This time there’s no alphabet name, as you would expect it would have called Android Q. It’s now a total new branding scheme, it’s just Android 10, which it’s simpler and better.

For many years, the little green robot with two antennas sticking out of its head is what used to represent Android as a brand, but not anymore. Google decided to split out the little dude and only left half its head, what a cruelty. So many changes come with Android 10, let’s take a look at its top features.

Android 10 Top Features

Full Gesture Navigation

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The iconic back button is gone. To navigate your Android phone running Android 10, you’ll have to rely on swipe gestures like the iPhone X. The pill-shaped button introduced last year with Android Pie, is replaced by a thin line at the bottom of the screen. This will allow users to have more real estate screen for their apps since those physical buttons don’t take up any space.

To go to the home screen, you swipe up from the bottom edge of the phone. If you slowly swipe up halfway and hold for a sec, it will open the app switcher. Swiping inward from the left or the right side of the screen takes you to the previous screen. If you’re familiar with iOS devices new gestures introduced on the iPhone X, you’ll get used to these gesture because they’re basically the same.

Dark Theme

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Dark theme has become an important aspect in the design area that gives an appealing look to the eyes. We’ve seen it in website design, apps, OS etc. Android 10 finally brings the much awaited and requested feature to its beloved fans. With a single tap on the quick settings toggle, the whole Android system can go dark now, not just the OS but also all apps the support it. Dark theme will improve users experience. If your phone has OLED screen, which consumes less battery life than LCD’s, dark theme will significantly help with battery life.

Smart Reply

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You probably may have noticed when composing an email in Gmail, whether it’s the app or the web version, there’s a smart reply feature that comes very handy. With machine learning, this nice feature suggests you quick answer to your messages. Smart reply will be built in Android 10 in a system level. Those short automated replies will also work with urls, addresses, phone numbers etc by opening up the appropriate app.

Privacy

One of the aspects that draws lots of criticism to Android when compared to iOS is its lack of strong privacy and security features. Android 10 comes with a dedicated Privacy page in the settings app, where you can find and adjust all your Privacy settings in one place. This new Privacy section lets you decide how and when data on your device is shared.

There are nearly 50 new built-in privacy and security features, according to Google. So, feel free to play around with them. One of the big changes is, now you’ll have options to let apps use your location only when they are active compared to the only two options “yes, anytime” or “no, never” that we had before.

Obviously there are more features and tweaks in Android 10, such as Live Caption, better sharing feature and much more. These are just highlights of some the best features.

Let us know what’s your favorite feature of Android 10. Don’t forget to share this article on your favorite social network.