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The first beta of the first generation of Google Android 10 pixels and pixels XL devices, including support has been extended due to popular demand, March 13, 2019, on the original name of “Android Q” by pixels on them exclusively. The update has been confirmed only in October 2018, the first generation of Android devices up to 10 pixels and pixels XL version has been updated.

What’s in Android 10?

Android 10 Highlights

Live Caption

Automatically caption media playing on your phone.

With a single tap, Live Caption automatically captions videos, podcasts, and audio messages—even stuff you record yourself. Without ever needing WiFi or cell phone data.

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Android 10 smart replay

Smart Reply

Take action right as you reply.

In Android 10, you get more than just suggested responses to your messages. You also get recommended actions. So, if a friend asks you out to dinner, your phone will suggest you text “👍🏻”. Then, it’ll also pull up directions right in Google Maps. It even works in messaging apps like Signal.

Sound Amplifier

Hear what’s around you more clearly.

With Sound Amplifier, your phone can boost sound, filter background noise, and fine tune to how you hear best. Whether talking to your best friend, watching TV, or listening to a lecture — just plug in your headphones and hear everything more clearly.

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android 10 gesture navigation

Gesture Navigation

Get around with a swipe and a pull.

Gestures are now quicker and more intuitive than ever. Go backwards and forwards, pull up the home screen, and swipe up to see your open apps. All super smooth.

Dark theme

Take it easy on your eyes. And your battery.

Android’s new Dark theme uses true black to keep your battery alive longer. Plus, it also changes how your Google apps look, like Calendar and Photos.

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Privacy for users

Confidentiality is the focus of Android 10 with new features designed to ensure privacy at the forefront of the platform’s powerful security. Based on previous releases, Android 10 includes extensive changes to protect the privacy and provide users with control, including restrictions on what an advanced system interface, strict permissions, and which data applications can use. See the Android 10 developer site for details on how to support them in your applications.

Giving users more control over location data

notification displaying: Allow app 1 to access the device's location.

Thanks to the new permission option, users gain more control over their location data, allowing the application to access the location only if it is actually used (works from above). For most applications, it provides sufficient access, and for users, a significant improvement in transparency and control. To learn more about location changes, see the Developer’s Guide or our blog post.

Protecting location data in network scans – Most APIs already require large spaces to scan networks. Android 10 instead enhances security around the API by requiring precise location permissions.

Preventing device tracking – Applications can no longer access device identifiers that can be changed, which can be used to track devices, including IMEI, serial numbers, and similar identifiers. By default, the device’s MAC address is randomly connected to a Wi-Fi network. Check out the guidelines for choosing the right identifier for your use case and learn more here.

Securing user data in external storage – Android Q makes a few changes to give users more control over the files stored in external storage and the application data contained in it. Applications can store their own files in their own sandboxes but must use the multimedia storage to access shared media files and use the system file selection tool to access shared files in the new download collection. Find out more here.

Security

In Android, we are always working to evaluate our current investment in security; We call it measurable defense. One way to measure our current investment is to research third-party analysts like Gardner May 2012 Mobile OS and device protection: compare reports by platform (subscription required) that have reached the highest possible Android rating of 26 out of 30 network security and authentication. Multiple malware protection points. Learn more about our long-term work on security with measurable security measures. Security talks don’t end online 10. In Android 10, we’ve introduced even more features that keep users safe with advances in encryption, platform enhancement, and authentication.

Storage encryption – All compatible devices launching with Android 10 are required to encrypt user data, and to make this more efficient, Android 10 includes Adiantum, our new encryption mode.

TLS 1.3 by default – Android 10 also enables TLS 1.3 by default, a major revision to the TLS standard with performance benefits and enhanced security.

Platform hardening – Android Q includes updates for the Biometric Prompt Framework, with strong support for a number of security-critical areas of the platform, as well as a visual support and fingerprint support for implicit and explicit authentication. Find out more about security updates for Android 10 here.

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