1. Smart Reply
One of the first new features you should notice on Android 10 is Smart Reply. It allows you to reply to messages with one of Google’s suggested responses (including emojis) and even directly from the notification bar. It’s been available for Google apps before, but with Android 10 it is coming to all messaging apps including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
With privacy being a big part of Android 10, Google was quick to point out that Smart Reply uses on-device AI to work out suggested responses, and nothing is sent to Google’s servers. You don’t get the option on every message, of course, the AI is not that good yet, but you’d be surprised how often this can save you from opening the apps and typing out a short response.2.
2. Smarter Sharing Options
Sharing on Android has always been a bit of a hassle but with Android 10, Google has made the whole thing a lot easier. Pulling up the share menu now gives you loads more options for sending links, images, and other data to others from your smartphone. As well as SMS, popular messaging apps and email, there are now options to share with lots of other apps. Sharing with Google Keep, for example, saves you having to copy and paste text from a webpage or message to your note-taking app.
You can also share more quickly and easily with yourself. One of the best examples of this is sharing a Chrome tab with one of your devices. If we’re using Chome on my smartphone and want to continue reading on our tablet to have a larger display, the new Share menu in Android 10 allows me to send the tab between the two devices effortlessly.
3. Share Wi-Fi Network with QR Codes
Sharing Wi-Fi passwords with families, friends or colleagues was always difficult on Android, especially when the password was a long string of numbers and letters. Now, Google has taken a leaf out of Huawei’s book and integrated Wi-Fi sharing right into the OS.
From the Wi-Fi settings, you can choose to share your connected networks via QR code. The menu also clearly displays the password so you can read it out to more or one party if you want to.
4. Get Strict with App Permission
You can now choose to only share location data with apps while you’re using them. You’ll also receive reminders when an app that you are not actively using is accessing your location, so you can decide whether or not to continue sharing. This adds a third location sharing option to the previous all or nothing extremes.
①You can now choose to only share location data with apps while you’re using them. You’ll also receive reminders when an app that you are not actively using is accessing your location, so you can decide whether or not to continue sharing.
②In a new Privacy section under Settings, you’ll find controls like Web & App Activity and Ad Settings in one place. It’s not really game-changing, but it makes things a little more convenient to find.
③With Google updates, security and privacy fixes can now be sent to your phone from the Google Play Store. It works the same way your apps update. The change means that you get these fixes as soon as they’re available, without having to wait for a full OS update.
5. New Gestures of Navigation
With Android 10, Google has improved gesture navigation. You can now slide your finger in from the edge of the screen to go back, for example. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once it clicks it becomes second nature. You can also pull up the home screen, and fluidly move between tasks. A new feature Google is calling “peaks” is designed to reduce accidental gesture inputs, and gives you a kind of pre-warning that you are about to trigger a gesture.
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