The next version of Android is here. It is full of new features, has a renewed focus on privacy, and for the first time in the history of Android, has no tasty dessert name to accompany it.
True. Android Q is officially called Android 10 and offers a lot of good things to go with.
Eager to learn more? Here's everything you need to know!
For the last few months, there's been endless speculation regarding Android Q's name. Ever since Android 1.5 Cupcake, every version of Android has had a tasty dessert name to accompany it. With Android Q, however, things are changing.
Google is officially done with dessert names and is instead shifting to a simpler numerical naming scheme. As such, Android Q's official name is simply "Android 10."
Yes, it's a bit boring, but it's all part of a bigger rebrand Google has for Android as a whole.
For the first time since 2014, Google's refreshing the Android brand's look and feel, consisting of a redesigned logo that prominently features a green robot head. Whenever you see the Android logo text, you'll now also see that little robot.
While it's cool to see that Google is putting such a big focus on Android's robot friend, its head is the only part that's sticking around — the rest of its body is gone for good.
Android as an operating system is staying the same, but its image is changing quite drastically. The logo is cleaner and more playful while dessert names are done for and being replaced by numbers. To get a more in-depth look at what's going on here, be sure to check out both of Andrew's articles on this subject.
There's finally a system-wide dark mode!
After years of begging and praying, Android 10 ships with a system-wide dark theme that can be turned on and off at any time via a Quick Settings toggle.
Even better, Google also created a new API that developers can use to have their apps go to a dark theme as well when the system-wide one is turned on.
It'll likely take some time for all of your favorite apps to adopt the API, but right out of the gate, most Google apps and the main UI adhere to Android 10's wonderful dark mode.
Here's when you'll get Android 10
Following a public beta that started back in March and received six major updates, Android 10's final build was finally released to the masses on September 3, 2019.
As of that date, Android 10 began rolling out to the Essential Phone and Google's Pixel devices, including the newest Pixel 3a and going all the way back to the original Pixel that was released in 2016. At this point, the OTA update should have landed on your phone by now.
If you have a handset that isn't a Pixel, you'll need to wait a bit longer for OEMs to optimize Android 10 for their handsets.
The date of which you'll get Android 10 all comes down to who makes your phone, what specific model it is, and whether or not it's unlocked or tied to a carrier. To get a better idea of when you can expect Android 10 to land on your specific smartphone, check out our regularly-updated guide below.