Android 10 is rolling out to Google Pixel phones today

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Android 10 has arrived.

Google has launched Android 10 to the public after months of beta testing, and Pixel phones are the first to get it. That means if you’ve got a Google Pixel, including the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3a that are now on T-Mobile’s shelves, you should be on the lookout for an update to Android 10 in the coming days. If you don’t feel like waiting, you can also check for the update manually.

As you might expect from a jump from Android 9 to Android 10, there are lots of new features in this update. One of the biggest additions is a new gesture navigation system. With it, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to return home, swipe left and right on the bottom bar to quickly jump between apps, or swipe from the edges of the screen to go back. You can also invoke Google Assistant by swipine in from a bottom corner of the screen.

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Google is also adding a system-wide dark theme with Android 10. When enabled, system apps and any apps that’ve been updated to support dark mode will turn the brightness down, helping to save battery life and saving your eyes from being blinded by a bright white screen when it’s night time.

Better privacy is another major focus of the Android 10 update. You can more easily adjust your privacy options in the Settings app, and better location sharing will now let you choose whether an app has access to your location all the time, only when the app is in use, or no location access at all.

Google hopes to make security better with Android 10, too. With the update to Android 10, security and privacy fixes and be sent directly to your phone through Google Play just like regular app updates, which should help to make it easier for security patches to be sent out compared to full-on software updates that typically must go through carrier testing before being released to consumers.

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Other notable additions to Android 10 include a Smart Reply feature that’ll include recommended actions like opening Google Maps when your friend texts you about dinner plans; a Live Caption feature coming this fall that’ll automatically caption videos, podcasts, and audio messages with a single tap; Focus Mode that’ll let you pause apps that could distract you with a single tap; monochrome camera support; quick wallet access through the Power menu; and 65 new emojis, including gender-inclusive designs for emoji like haircut and weightlifting.

Once Android 10 hits your Pixel phone, be sure to share your first impressions with us!

Source: Google

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  • nps_ca

    Noticed two builds on all devices one QP1A.190711.020 and QP1A.190711.019 – both not labeled for differences (e.g. carrier specific)

    • RealLifeJasonBourne

      Hopefully we’ll get some clarification on what each build is for. I am assuming one is Verizon (US) and the other is “everything else”…

  • Keith Stevens

    Just because they released it doesn’t mean your getting it on tmobile. This is for unlocked phones. Will be few months before tmo releases it.

    • AuthenticJamaican

      Got two T-Mobile Pixel 3As that i just updated to Android 10.

      • John Doe

        It is still in the testing process for the Pixel 3/3XL though go check T-Mobile’s update website.

  • James Symmonds

    Contrary to Keith’s statement, mine is downloading now to my 3a XL. I got my Pixel from T-Mobile.

  • Jason Caprio

    I was running the Android Q beta since beta 3 which was around May. My Google Pixel 2 XL just got the little 6MB update to convert Android Q Beta 6 to the official Android 10. I’ve been loving it so far especially since beta 5 when things started getting more refined. Best Android release yet. Samsung users, you’ll get your taste in about 6 – 12 months lol

    • g2a5b0e

      …the irony of your statement being that most “new” features introduced in stock Android from the last few years came from a skinned version of Android (usually Samsung) anyway.

      • James Symmonds

        Which should make people with those phones even angrier that it’s really going to take that long to increment their build. If they already have most of those features, why does it take the OEMs so long!

        • g2a5b0e

          I disagree with you there. Most people don’t know or care about what Android version they’re running, so why would they be angry about it? Hell, I do know and I still don’t care. Android has matured already. There are no new features being released for it that I need to have or wouldn’t mind waiting for.

        • Bklynman

          I agree with u,just keep giving us security patches. That all I want. Not sure if Google or the phone makers,that keep pushing out new os for android. Why does Google has to keep coming up with a new os like every yr it seem like now?

  • Bob B.

    My T-Mobile Pixel 3a XL is getting updated as I type this on my pc.

  • Michael Elkin

    Can gesture navigation be turned off as with Pie. Its cute, but I still don’t like it. And, the new special permissions, can they be applied to Google Play Services??? Which is still the biggest battery and performance killer on my phone by far.

  • riverhorse

    Pixel owners on top of the world, in chorus screaming “Yippee Kah yeh, mofo!” -between this, superior camera and Cloud storage. And the 4 coming in a month…

  • Curt S

    So Im guessing LG will release android 10 in 2021??

  • Disqus5218

    Pixel AND Essential PH1. For all 5 of us.