Android Q is Now Officially Android 10, No More Dessert Names

Google has officially named the next version of Android. The Android 10 version is due to be released this fall. The Android development company will be breaking the 10-year history of naming releases after desserts. It is bailing on providing a codename beginning with a subsequent letter of the alphabet. It is the way we have been referring to Android up to now. This year is Android 10 and next year will be Android 11, and so on.

After a quarter of quiet, the quintessence of Android's brand has quickly changed without quarrel. The change has resolved a difficulty and left the quixotic quest to pull a Q dessert out of the tremor. Google will not tremble on the decision to move away from puddings, which answers a quadrillion querulous question about the names. Google has decided it is a quaint tradition that needed to be quite crushed or at least repressed. Instead, the codename will get confined inside Google. Therefore, you can have doubts and feel queasy about the number of quips. The wisecracks will queue up quoting the Android source code in an attempt to object that the dessert names still qualify as real. It all seems like a swamp, but at least qualitatively, the new naming scheme is less peculiar.

For some, it may be a bit disappointing to see Google sidestep the task of finding an appropriate confectionery. Especially one that starts with the letter Q before the next version of Android gets released later this fall. But it's not entirely without reason. In a recent blog post, Google cited that its naming scheme often felt unintuitive. Particularly for newer Android users not familiar with Google's previous naming convention.

Google also mentioned that some languages don't have the same distinction between L and R sounds. The literature sometimes made it confusing to determine where versions of Android like Lollipop fell in Google's larger update cycle. So instead of dealing with something like Android Quince or Android Queen of Puddings, Google is keeping things simple by going with Android 10.

The new Android 10 Logo

Alongside the new name is an updated logo for Android. The logo is one that Aude Gandon, global brand director for Android, says has a "more modern" wordmark. Importantly, it will always include the little green robot. He says that the robot is what makes Android special. It makes it human, fun, and approachable.

Top Features on Android 10

Like we expect with every new Android development services, Android 10 is chock-full of all sorts of new features. We'll likely be introduced to even more as beta updates get released throughout the year leading up to the final release. However, even right now, there's a lot to unpack.

The first developer preview of Android Q is now available for the Pixels, serving up an early look at the new features and changes coming to Android later in the year. There's little to no difference in the UI front. But Google is rolling out a slew of new features, including granular options for location sharing, a theming engine, screen recording.

1. Dark Mode

The new Android 10 version brings in a system-wide dark mode. The mode is one of the most anticipated features and is finally here. The new Android 10 feature enables users to apply a dark theme to the entire Android user-interface and supported apps. There are two methods to get the dark mode in the new Android version. You can enable the Dark Theme option in Android's display settings. Or, you can turn on the battery saver, which will automatically turn on the dark theme.

This feature is by far the most popular feature that's making it to Android 10. In most cases, Google has always implemented dark mode in most of its applications. However, it is now going to be applied system-wide on Android 10. If you're worried about not having a dark mode on third-party apps, the dedicated Android development team will also allow you to "Override force-dark" on them.

2. Smart Reply for all messaging apps

The Smart Reply is one of the better Google features out there. The feature can predict what you're going to say in response to a message. It's currently available for Google apps. However, it's now coming to all messaging apps in Android 10. It means you can now get suggested responses in the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. The feature gives a handy way to save time when a short reply will do. These suggestions are all made using on-device machine learning. They will purportedly be maintaining your privacy. It is because the relevant information doesn't get to Google's servers.

3. Privacy permissions

The world has never been this much conscious about privacy before. Google understands that this is an essential part of Android. It is, therefore, changing the way apps and services can access information. For instance, an application may ask for your location access. You will also have an option to grant location access to the app only when you're using it. The "Permissions usage" page itself is receiving an overhaul. You also can expect much better control over what apps have access to and don't.

4. Focus Mode

One of the more prominent user-facing Android 10 features is the so-called Focus Mode. The feature is an extension of the Digital Wellbeing suite. As the name suggests, this mode will help you focus by greying out apps you deem distracting and hiding their notifications. Digital Wellbeing is also getting another feature with the help of integrated parental controls. Google has already offered parental tools via the Family Link app. But out-of-the-box support is welcome nonetheless.

5. A better sharing menu

Many Android fanatics have criticized the best Android development company for their platform's sharing functionality. It has been slow and unintuitive. Fortunately, Google has overhauled this menu in Android 10. The new sharing menu is meant to be much faster than the legacy menu. However, it is also supposed to do a better job of recommending contacts and apps for sharing. Time will tell whether Google indeed delivers on these goals. Third-party developers will also need to update their apps to take advantage of this tweak.