Android 10 Release

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With 2.5 billion active Android devices in the world, it seems fair to conclude that Android is the backbone of this mobile-driven world. With an intent to get one step closer to perfection, Google introduced Android 10 on September 3rd, 2019. It is released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for the broader ecosystem. We must say, the latest Android 10 update didn’t let us down with its outstanding features.
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Being the biggest competitor of iOS, the Android 10 release vehemently focuses on three important themes. It has focused on advanced machine-learning and support for emerging devices like foldable and 5G phones. It has put a lot of stress on privacy and security with around 50 features that are solely dedicated to ensuring users greater protection, control, and transparency.

Phone Support: Android 10 is built on robust multi-window support. It can extend multitasking across the app windows. It can provide screen continuity by maintaining the app’s state when the device folds and unfolds.

5G Networks: For providing platform support to 5G, Android 10 extends the current APIs to help you realize as many benefits as possible. By using connectivity APIs, you can make out if the device has a high bandwidth connection and check whether the connection is metered.

Live Caption: Android 10 can caption podcasts, videos, and audio messages across all the apps. Live Caption can caption media playing on user devices. Live Caption is coming to Pixel devices and Google is working with its partners to launch it on devices running Android 10.

Dark Theme: For saving battery, Android 10 adds a system-wide dark theme, which is ideal for low light. The developers can prepare a customized dark theme for an app or the system can create one dynamically considering your current theme. You can refer to the developer guide for more details.

Notifications: The latest Android 10 release uses an on-device ML to suggest contextual actions like smart replies for messages or opening a map for an address in the notification. Considering the user privacy in mind, this feature has kept the ML processing on the device.

Gesture Navigation: Android 10 has introduced a gesture navigation mode that can remove the navigation bar area and allow apps to use the full screen to provide a rich and immersive experience.

Security: For maintaining security, all those compatible devices with Android 10 need to have storage encryption by default. By default, features like TLS 1.3 is included along with updates to the biometric prompt framework.

Users Privacy: Android 10 will allow users to have more control over the location data. It has ensured the protection of location data in network scans, prevention of device tracking, data securing in external storage, and unwanted interruption blocking to respect users’ privacy.

Connectivity: Android 10 has encapsulated features like Wi-Fi performance mode to achieve low latency UX in real-time gaming, active voice calls, and similar use-cases. It has a Wi-Fi stack to enhance privacy, performance, use-cases such as management of IoT devices and suggestions on internet connections without asking for location permissions.

Camera and Media: For dynamic depth for photos, audio playback capture, new audios, and video codecs, native MIDI API and Vulkan 1.1 are integrated with Android 10 for a better camera and media quality throughout the ecosystem.

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This article was authored by Rudrik Patel, who is a Lead Software Engineer - Development at Zymr.

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