Today, over 2.5 billion devices in the world are powered by Google’s Android operating system. Good as it may sound for business, but that’s certainly a big number to satisfy and Google’s working double time to meet customer demands.
During Google I/O, they announced the new Android OS called Android 10 Q. They’re picking up unfinished business with last year’s Android 9 Pie, and I could almost hear everyone at attendance in the conference sigh ’Finally.’
There are tons of new features coming with the latest Android 10 Q that would undoubtedly make rivals like Apple have a hard time looking away.
I’m saying it now, Google’s updates on the Android 10 Q isn’t just for show. There are useful and practical features that would surely give it a boost against competitors.
Data Security and Privacy
For starters, in a critical time of discussing privacy protection in the digital age, Google has decided to take a more proactive role in trying to meet expectations.
One of which is allowing some functionalities on devices powered by Android 10 Q through more advanced AI tech. What Google presented was that information can now be processed locally without the need to send data from the device to their servers and back. In other words, Google won’t be having a copy of the information you put into their system.
Second of which is through allowing security updates to reach more users more efficiently. In the past, security updates take too long because they’re packaged along with major updates that manufacturers and sometimes also carriers take too long to ship. With what Google calls its Project Mainline, they can send security updates through the Google Play Store.
Project Mainline wouldn’t be able to perform complete software updates, but it will be good enough to mitigate issues on prolonged security updates, and it will also be able to detect and patch bugs faster.
Like many other devices and applications, the Android 10 Q is also joining the bandwagon and will be introducing their version of dark mode.
As expected, it will be able to turn your device to black by toggling a few buttons. When using the battery saver mode, the dark theme will automatically be triggered since the great thing about Android 19 Q’s dark theme is its pure black versus the grayish black some developers opt for. In this sense, devices tend to save more energy.
At first glance, the gestures on the Android 10 Q might seem familiar. That’s because it is. It’s pretty much copied from Apple’s gesture commands.
In Android 10 Q, there’s a thin white line at ghe bottom of the screen that you can prompt to perform gestures. You swipe up and drag across to go into a multitasking view. You swipe across it quickly to switch between apps.
But the difference it has compared to Apple and probably why it’s better is that the thin white line at the bottom is its own entity instead of being part of the screen. It doesn’t cover the bottom.
Moreover, and probably up for debate, Google has also decided to abandon the back button and replace it with a sideswipe motion. At the moment, it’s still to be determined whether it’s from the right of the screen across, the other way around or both. Personally, this is a great feature either way, but as a righty, I would appreciate it as a sideswipe motion from the right across the screen.
Probably the most significant feature introduced in the Android 10 Q is the Live Caption. Quite literally, it enables your device to place captions instantly. This can be used during video calls, videos and more.
What Live Caption does is transcribe audio when triggered. This can easily be set up in settings and once triggered, a black screen will pop up to place text as you’re watching a video or talking to a friend. Text size and screen space can also be adjusted to your preference.
Moreover, in line with Google’s commitment to privacy, Live Caption can process information locally on the device too. Although it may take a few seconds of lag it’s undoubtedly something in its early days and would surely take on more improvements in the future.
In fact, the feature is seen on Google’s other platforms, putting it on a mobile device is something still worth calling at the edge of innovation.
At the moment, it is only available for the English language but I reckon Google will soon work on making it possible for other languages as well.
The beta version of Android 10 Q is available today on more devices compared to other Android OS probably because Google wants more people to test it our before it officially launches as an Android OS update.
Here are the list of devices that can try out the beta version:
- Asus ZenFone 5Z
- Essential PH-1
- HMD Global Nokia 8.1
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- LG G8 ThinQ
- OnePlus 6T
- Oppo Reno
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 3
- Realme 3 Pro
- Sony Xperia XZ3
- Tecno Spark 3Pro
- Vivo X27
- Vivo NEX S
- Vivo NEX A
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
- Xiaomi Mi 9
Give it a try and let us know what you think!