Shortly after the Android 10 page on Android’s website went live, Google is now officially rolling out the stable Android 10 update to Pixel users around the world. These are the Pixel phones that are getting the official Android 10 update today:
• Google Pixel • Google Pixel XL
• Google Pixel 2
• Google Pixel 2 XL
• Google Pixel 3
• Google Pixel 3 XL
• Google Pixel 3a
• Google Pixel 3a XL
If you own a Pixel phone, you should expect an Over-The-Air update really soon. Installing this new version won’t format or delete any data from your phone. But to be on the safer side, you could always back up your phone before installing the system update. Also, a minimum charge of 50% is recommended before going for the upgrade. Android 10, is not a visual overhaul and instead focuses on tweaking the Android OS to make it more robust and secure.
There’s an increased focus on privacy this time around and there are a bunch of security features to reassure users of their data. For instance, users can now opt to share location with applications only while they’re being used. Android 10 also brings the much-requested Dark Mode that won’t only reduce strain while using the phone late at night but will also save battery on phones that have OLED panels. Google has also revamped the way you interact with the UI by introducing new gestures.
The pill-shaped button and the back button are gone and now make way for a simple line at the bottom from where gestures are to be initiated. With the help of Project Treble, other OEMs are expected to reduce the lag in pushing updates for their smartphones. OEMs that primarily use Android One, such as Nokia, are expected to be one of the first ones to push Android 10 to their devices.
But we’re also hearing rumours that OnePlus is putting its foot on the pedal in making the new update available to the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro. With the announcement of stable Android 10 for the Pixel range of devices, we can expect other OEMs to announce roadmaps for when the new Android OS will make it to their phones too.