The next version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 10, is finally here. After a lengthy beta, Android 10 is hitting devices with a bevy of new features. We’ve compiled a shortlist of the most important updates in the newest version of Android. From new notification controls to privacy improvements and even a brand new gesture system, there’s plenty to explore in Android 10.
New notification controls
Android 10 has taken notification control to new heights, and honestly, it’s one of the best things about the update. First off, clearer language and control options make it easier to manage notifications. There are also more ways to make notifications less intrusive.
When Google isn’t trying to make notifications less intrusive, it aims to make them more useful. This is where ‘Smart Reply’ comes in. This feature adds contextual information to each notification that can help you get things done. For example, this could be a simple response on a message notification. Or if someone sends you an address, the notification shade might have a button on it that drops you right into Google Maps.
Google has also added a new function called Focus mode that aims to help users block distractions while they’re working.
The most significant visual change to come to Android 10 is a new dark theme. Google has been (very) slowly updating all of its apps with dark modes throughout the year in anticipation of Android 10’s full dark theme. The theme brings darkness to nearly every corner of the Android. This means that things like individual notifications and the Settings menu are black now. Plus, when you turn it on, some apps will automatically switch into a dark mode to match.