Google officially released Android 10 for Pixel phones on September 3rd. The release comes after several months in beta. Google stated that it is working with a number of partners to launch or upgrade devices to Android 10 this year. So it is hopeful that the new version will come quickly to other devices compared to earlier versions.
Some of the headline features of the new Android version include new gesture system, including stricter permissions and privacy controls, a new “Focus Mode” for disabling distracting apps, simpler notification controls, better integrated family controls, and a new Dark Theme.
One of the most important updates will be invisible to most users though: “Project Mainline” will allow Google to issue some critical security patches directly through the Play Store instead of waiting for manufacturers and carriers to distribute them. However, phones that are upgraded from Android 9 Pie to Android 10 won’t support it.
Not all features launched will be fully available. Focus Mode is launching only in beta today. Another feature called “Live Caption” will allow users to get real-time captioning for any audio or video on their phone. However, it won’t launch until later this year, and it will be Pixel-only for a time.