To celebrate the next big version of Android, Google did the unthinkable: It killed its fanciful dessert-themed release names and gave its smartphone OS more conventional branding. Say hello to Android 10.
Not everyone loves the change — it means I couldn’t devour an entire dessert for our review video — but it speaks to a pretty dramatic shift in Google’s priorities all the same. It’s no surprise, then, that I could say the same about Android 10 itself. On the surface, it’s a grab bag of interface tweaks, usability enhancements, privacy changes and more. In some ways, Google is even using this release to play catch-up with the competition. More broadly, though, Android 10 feels very much like a transitional state — an attempt by Google to lay the groundwork for a smartphone future that’s coming at all of us fast.
- Dark mode looks great
- 5G and foldable support are crucial
- Project Mainline speeds up crucial updates
- More obvious privacy controls are helpful
- Better for managing notifications
- It’ll probably be a while before you get it
- Some gestures need more polish
- Project Mainline isn’t enabled for everyone