In its fresh update, Google is getting a lot right, but the greatest is yet to arrive. Google did the unthinkable to promote the next large version of Android: it murdered its fanciful dessert-release names and brought more standard branding to its smartphone OS. Say hello to Android 10.
Not everyone loves the change, it means that for review video, couldn't devour a whole dessert, but it's all about a fairly drastic shift in Google's priorities.
It's a grab bag of interface tweaks on the ground, improvements in usability, shifts in privacy, and more. Google even uses this version to play catch-up with the contest in some respects. More generally, though, Android 10 looks like a temporary government, Google's effort to lay the groundwork for a fast-paced smartphone future for us all.
- Dark mode looks great
- 5G and foldable support are crucial
- Project Mainline speeds up crucial updates
- More obvious privacy controls are helpful
- Better for managing notifications
- It’ll probably be a while before you get it
- Some gestures need more polish
- Project Mainline isn’t enabled for everyone
Android 10 is not that great, but it builds on a powerful base with useful characteristics such as dark mode, enhanced gesture navigation, more nuanced message checks, and stronger privacy equipment.
It won't completely reshape the way you're using Android, yet this transitional update is all about paving the way for tomorrowby re-engineering some key software updates and adding support for foldable devices and 5G.