Google just launched Android 10, Pixel phones (and a surprise handset) are being updated starting now

Google just launched Android 10, Pixel phones (and a surprise handset) are being updated starting now
Google today released Android 10, the very latest iteration of its mobile operating system. Formerly known as Android Q, Android 10 is the first major version of Google's OS not to have a dessert name since Android 1.0 (launched way back in 2008).  

Some of the new features of Android 10 have been known since April, but now Google is sharing a broader list of novelties, as well as details about upgradeable devices. Unsurprisingly, Google's Pixel phones are among the first to receive the Android 10 update. All models - from the original Pixel to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a - are being updated starting today, September 3. 

Another handset that's being updated to Android 10 as of now is the Essential Phone. However, according to Essential, only select owners of the unlocked model are receiving the update today.

Google mentions that "many [other] partner devices" will be updated to Android 10 by the end of the year, without providing specific device or manufacturer names.   


What's new in Android 10? A lot!


Android 10 brings a bevy of improved (as well as totally new) features related to new technologies, privacy and security, design, accessibility, and more. We're highlighting some of the most interesting novelties of Android 10 below.

Native support for foldable devices. Foldable smartphones have yet to make a significant impact on the market, but the future is (probably) theirs. This is why, starting with Android 10, Google is enhancing multi-window multitasking capabilities, allowing foldable devices to deliver continuity whenever the screen is folded or unfolded, as seen in the video below: 


Native support for 5G. Thanks to this, developers can create apps and games that deliver the best possible experience when your phone is connected to a 5G network. 

Gesture navigation. With Android 10, we're getting a brand new gesture navigation mode that does away with the navigation bar area - thus, apps and games can use the whole screen for a superior, more enthralling user experience.  

Dark mode. Finally! Android 10 has a built-in, system-wide dark theme - perfect for using your phone in low light. Google says that Android 10's dark theme also helps saving battery life.  


Sound Amplifier. Thanks to this feature, Android 10 devices can enhance sound and filter background noise when headphones are plugged in. Thus, you should be able to hear everything more clearly when talking in noisy environments, listening to music, or watching your favorite TV show on the go.    

Smart Reply in notifications. Android 10 can suggest contextual actions in notifications, including smart replies for texts and instant messages, or opening a map when an address shows up. The entire process is done on your device, so you should have no privacy concerns. However, you can opt-out of this if you want. 
 
Live Caption. A new feature that will automatically caption videos, podcasts, or simple audio messages as they're being played on your phone. Live Caption will be available to Pixel users this fall, coming to other devices at a later date.  

And here's even more of what's included in Android 10:

  • Adaptive battery improvements 
  • Increased user control over privacy settings, location data, and device tracking  
  • Faster security updates
  • Focus mode - allowing you to temporarily pause select apps
  • Camera enhancements
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity 
  • Improved app startup times 
  • 65 new emojis

We're looking forward to thoroughly testing Android 10 on our Pixel phones (hopefully, we'll have a review published soon). Meanwhile, if you own a Pixel phone and you're knowledgeable enough to manually update it, Google has Android 10 system images here. If you just want to find out more about Android 10 in general, you can visit its official web page.

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41 Comments

19. ev0trix

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

This 2yr+ old phone has more memory and larger battery than the rumored Pixel 4. Not to mention consistent day 1 security updates, titanium build and a clean UI. Pair this with a Gcam apk and you have yourself a winner at half the flagship price.

3. MsPooks

Posts: 128; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Me: Checks Note 10+. Yup. Dark mode and gesture navigation already there. The rest is "yawn."

7. AbhiD

Posts: 812; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Nice try consoling yourself and justifying the purchase of a Samsung

10. MsPooks

Posts: 128; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Nice try doing cartwheels for two-year-old features.

18. maherk

Posts: 6884; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

He's a OnePlus fanboy who despises Samsung and Huawei. That's why he's mad at you pointing out the truth.

23. Vancetastic

Posts: 1372; Member since: May 17, 2017

I'm still trying to wrap my head around "OnePlus fanboy".

26. maherk

Posts: 6884; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm not accusing him of something he's not.

25. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Don't be jealous. She is just stating the obvious here dude :)

44. kylothow

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 04, 2019

If you're fine having a phone bloated with whatever thing you can imagine running on a phone, as well as partner's ""software"", yeah, those 2 out of 100 features that are actually useful have been there for quite some time now.

29. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

It's true tho. Most of the new things that have come with android 10 samsung has had for quite some time now. For example there is now a desktop mode in android 10, this basically dex mode which has been with samsung since the s8.

39. DFranch

Posts: 548; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Desktop Mode which Microsoft had 2+ years ago on windows phone.

20. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 63; Member since: May 09, 2014

You are right but Samsung needs to work on OneUI: Consistency and smoothness is THE KEY and they are still living behing Apple, Google, OnePlus. Even MiUI feels faster.

33. OneLove123

Posts: 1098; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Idk, my note 8 is as smooth as my iPhone 8 Plus and Xr

34. Georgio

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

What? My note 8 is not smooth at all ; compared to my iphone xs.

28. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Yeah Samsung is ahead of Google’s game when it comes to features, infact Google has adopted some of the useful features from Touchwiz and One UI

43. kylothow

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 04, 2019

That offsets the fact that you'll get Android 10 by next summer, maybe.

4. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

"Live captions" sounds like another way Google will be able to reach deeper and deeper of our activities and interests for better advertising purposes. Clever and scary

5. tbreezy

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Any of those $1000 Androids being updated to Android 10 right now?

9. MsPooks

Posts: 128; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

If fast updates are a priority, anyone paying over $400 is a sucker.

36. tbreezy

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Fast updates should be a priority for anyone using their phone on the internet in general. :’D Can’t be buying a $1000 phone and getting updates/patches slower than $400 devices.

6. User123456789

Posts: 925; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

So, android 10 brings nothing useful.

8. AbhiD

Posts: 812; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Lol what? System wide dark mode that forces it on 3rd party apps too? New and better gesture navigation? Very detailed permission control for apps? And there are many other things too. Nothing useful?

13. MsPooks

Posts: 128; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Android is a pretty mature OS at this point, so updates of late have been underwhelming. It's not like the old days, when battery life and UI smoothness were seriously lacking, and improvements in those areas were noticeable (okay, maybe not the battery life "improvements," which always seemed to make it worse).

22. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 63; Member since: May 09, 2014

As I said before, is not about new features. Is about Refinement. That is lacking on Samsung (year after year after year). Right now I am using the Pixel 3 and it feels reaally faster and smoother than ever, you actually can feel it. And even if samsung does it faster it is not as smooth and there is no concistency. All famous tech youtubers has an iPhone or Pixel/OnePlus as a daily driver and I can see why. Concistency is the key and also day to day use. Nitpicking (of course) but if you have, as I have, a chance to play with them all, you will feel it and you will be nitpicking too

11. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Ummmm.... Where is dark mode on Gmail?

14. ahmadkun

Posts: 591; Member since: May 02, 2016

lucky Pixel users...

15. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

...and essential phone users :)

21. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 63; Member since: May 09, 2014

are they still alive?

16. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

i got it on my essential phone around 2pm today. dark mode is nice :)

17. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 143; Member since: May 29, 2019

My Nokia 6.1 will get it with a reasonable wait, hopefully with the roughest edges smoothed out.

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