2019 is the year which has a lot to look forward to. One of the things to look forward to are the new features in Android 10. The major update in the world’s most used operating system brings a lot of goodies that we can’t wait to explore. Android 10 or code name Android Q has some of its details leaked and while it may be bad for some it’s great for us. There might not be any dramatic over- the- top visual changes but there will be some great new features in Android 10 that will be worth the wait.
1ST in the New Features in Android 10 is System wide dark mode:
You can imagine that the internet was a buzz when the Android police found news of a system wide dark mode as one of the new features in Android 10. Dark mode is more than likely going to be a part of Android 10 or Android Q. The first evidence of dark mode as one of the new features in Android 10 came in the form of a comment back in October of last year. So exercising caution, the news was received with a very luke warm response as Google could abandon the whole idea when Android 10 came around.
After that, the XDA team got around to getting a leaked build of Android 10 and can confirm that Dark mode is there.
To access dark mode on Android 10 all you have to do is to go to “Display” in Settings and apply it. You can turn it on or off or even make it come on automatically based on the time of day.
Ok so there was a dark mode in Android 9 as well, but that was a half- baked one compared to this. In Android 9, dark mode worked with only select Google apps while in Android 10 all system wide apps will turn dark in dark mode. To turn third party apps dark there is an option in Developer options. It may not be a perfect dark mode in these apps as they only invert the colors but it is still something when compared to Android 9.
APEX- Get System Updates Directly from the PlayStore:
One of the new features in Android 10 is that you won’t have to wait for your phone’s carrier or manufacturer to roll out an OTA so as to get your hands on the latest Android version. Now you can get all the latest Android updates directly from the PlayStore as and when they arrive rather than wait for your carrier.
An Expansion of APEX or application express in Android 10 could actually bring about such a scenario, this according to the team up at XDA. If not, the very least you can expect is the way libraries are updated in Android 10. Previously or in older versions of Android, to update libraries you would have to first update the software. But one of the new features in Android 10 allows you to update libraries in the same way as you would update an app. This means that on the surface a large volume of system updates will take place directly from the PlayStore. This means that getting updates will now take place almost immediately and you won’t have to wait.
One of the New Features in Android 10 includes removing a feature- no more Android beam:
Let alone not using it, many of you might not even know what Android Beam is all about. Hence Google plans on removing it from Android 10. Android Beam was very useful since it first launched but since then newer technologies means that other methods have become more useful. Now you can share large files or volumes of data using file sharing apps, which there are no dearth of, or simple Bluetooth.
While from Google’s side there won’t be anymore Android Beam, they are leaving it to manufacturers to decide if they still want to keep it or not.
More Permissions in Android 10:
As one of the new features in Android 10, google has placed more control over permissions. Now with this new feature, you can grant access or permission for apps only when you are using it. As soon as you close the app the permission is not granted. For example if you allow Google Maps to access your location they can do so only when the app is being used. As soon as you close the app location is blocked.
To know more about the permissions you can always take a look at the information page on permissions, which by the way too has been revamped. In this new version of the page, Android 10 makes it easier to see which apps you have granted permission to and which ones you haven’t.
Privacy Indicators as one of the New Features in Android 10:
Following in the footsteps on Android 9, Android 10 makes a considerable effort in improving the privacy and security of its users. Whenever you allow an app to use your microphone, camera or any other sensors there will be an icon in the status bar indicating the same. When you tap on the icon, it will let you know which all apps are currently using your phone’s sensors. For further information, Android 10 will even direct you to a new page.
Toggle to put sensors off-one of the new features in Android 10:
One of the new features in Android 10 will be a “Sensors Off” toggle. This new feature allows you to disable all sensors and turn on airplane mode. XDA says that maybe this toggle will also disable accelerometer, gyroscope as well as others.
If this turns out to be true, then this will be the first time an operating system will have such a feature.
These new features in Android 10 are sure to be highly anticipated by all users. Especially, since they seem to be very useful.