Android version 10 will be released on March 13th and it means that we are getting very close to the final release of the Android operating system. Google usually releases new versions of Android in the fall and the next update is going to be called Android 10. There hasn’t been a lot of leaks about features but there are some things about this release that you need to know in case you own an Android smartphone. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about Android 10.
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The October Android Security Update Is Rolling Out Now
The October Android security update is now rolled out for Pixel and Nexus devices. If you have one of these devices, you can install the update now. If you do have a different device, you will start to see the update on your phone in the coming weeks. The October Android security update fixes 17 critical vulnerabilities that could be used by hackers to steal your data or to tamper with your device. It also includes improvements to make your device work better with digital assistants like Google Assistant.
Android Will Soon Be Able to Run Google Assistant On Your TV
Google announced at the end of 2018 that Assistant would soon be able to run on your TV and that enabled us to expect that Google could also enable the assistant to run on your other devices like your phone or your smart speaker. At the Google I/O Conference, a new feature called “Actions on devices” was announced and this feature is said to enable Assistant to run on devices that don’t have a screen. The feature was shown as a demo that enabled Assistant to play music and remain on your TV when you turn on your phone. The feature is currently in the testing phase and it’s not clear if it will be released to all users or if it will be a beta feature. If you want to try it out, you can open the Home app and go to “Settings” -> “Chipset” -> “Actions on devices”. If you activate the feature, you should see a message that it’s currently in testing. Please note that you will need to set up Assistant on your TV first. You can do that by first opening the Home app on your phone and then follow the instructions in the TV app to link your phone to your TV.
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There Will Be New Emojis In Android 10
One of the most exciting features in Android 10 is the new set of emojis. Google announced in their keynote at I/O 2018 that they will add new emojis to the operating system and they said that the new emojis will be based on the Emoji 9.0 standard. In fact, they have said that they have partnered with the Unicode Consortium to meet this standard and they have partnered with Apple, Samsung, and other device makers to make sure that these new emojis end up on popular devices like the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and other Android devices. Google also said that these new emojis will also be available for Assistant’s Conversations feature and you can also send these emojis to your friends through Assistant if they are also using Android 10 on their phone.
You’ll Be Able to Play Animoji on your phone
Starting with Android 10, you will be able to play Animoji on your phone. Right now, you can only use Animoji on your iPhone and you can use it to create an avatar that you can send to your friends. Android 10 will enable you to use these Animoji on your phone and you can create custom Animoji for yourself that you can use to send messages. Android already has a feature that uses your voice to turn text into a cartoon image but this feature will enable you to send audio Animoji with your voice. This is a great feature for those who want to meet new friends on their phone.
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New Gestures Are Being Added To the OS
Google also announced some new gestures that you’ll be able to use in Android 10. The first one is called “the rip gesture” that you can use to “rip” an image or a video right off your screen. You will be able to use the “peek” gesture to peek at something without taking your finger off the screen. You will also be able to use the “wave” gesture to quickly scroll through your apps with a wave of your hand. These gestures are not available in the developer preview version of the operating system because they are still in the testing phase. You will be able to use them when Android 10 is released to the public.
Google Play Protect Is Getting Better
One of the new features in Android 10 is Google Play Protect, a new security system that scans apps for harmful software and tries to block it from being installed. This feature is currently only available for devices running Android 10 but it is said to be included in a new layer above Android called “Digital Wellbeing”. This feature will give you tools to limit the amount of time you spend on your phone and you can use this feature to limit your usage of Android 10. Google said that Digital Wellbeing will be rolled out eventually to all Android 10 devices but it’s not clear if the rollout will happen before the operating system is released to the public.
As you can see, Android version 10 will have a lot of features. The only thing you have to do is to stay updated on your device or to invest in a new phone. We are sure that Google will keep updating their operating system and this will help you to enjoy all new features.