After a number of betas, Google’s latest major version of Android is coming out today. It’s called Android 10, and Google is introducing a number of new features with the latest update. The company is moving away from the traditional naming scheme for Android releases with Android 10, marking an end to what’s been an interesting annual tradition for years.
But yes, Android 10 is here today, and if you own Google’s Pixel devices, you will be one of the first users to be able to use the latest major version of Android. There’s a ton of new features in the release, with some meaningful changes throughout the system.
The major new edition on Android 10 is obviously the new system-wide dark theme that introduces a true black experience for the entire OS, as well as most of the Google stock apps.
Google is introducing an improved Gesture Navigation system with Android 10, too. Google’s gestural navigation system is quite frankly a mess to this date, and Google was even making changes to the system on the Android 10 beta last month. So yes, Google doesn’t particularly seem confident with this new navigation system design yet.
Android 10 also introduces an improved Smart Reply experience that works better with third-party apps, a new Live Caption feature that automatically captions videos, podcasts, and audio messages for improved accessibility, a built-in Sound Amplifier, improved and more granular privacy controls, and a new Focus Mode that lets you silent all the distracting apps.
Google’s even improving the way it delivers security updates to devices with Android 10. The company is introducing a new thing called Google Play System updates that will allow the company to deliver security patches directly to users from Google Play, without mobile carriers and phone makers being involved. This might just be one of the more important changes on Android 10, to be honest.