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Android 10 has finally launched, but only on some devices

Are you ready for the next-gen OS?

Rumours surrounding the release of Android 10 (formerly Android Q) for Google Pixel devices have been circulating for quite some time and now we’re happy to say it’s finally here.

The following phones can now download the shiny new OS update:

  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL
  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 3a XL

If you haven’t updated your OS yet, you can do so by going to Settings | System | System Update.

Initial reports from Phone Arena stated it had spoken to two Google support staff who confirmed a 3 September release date. Further confirmation came more recently, this time from Canadian carriers Rogers and Telus, which leaked the supposed release date on their support forums. It appears these rumours were very much true, as a handful of devices are now equipped with Android 10.

The final Android 10 preview for developers and testers was put out in August, so the 3 September release date comes as no real surprise. There have been a few teething issues, however, with many users experiencing long download times and some phones getting stuck on the boot screen.

When will Android 10 come to Samsung phones and other devices?

Basically, we’re not sure. So far there’s been no word on when we’ll see Android 10 on Samsung devices and the Korean company is notoriously slow at bringing OS updates to their phones. Non-Pixel users hopefully shouldn’t have to wait too long but this will vary depending on the device – it could be anything from a few weeks to a few months. If you’re using an older handset, you may never get the update. 

What can we expect from Android 10?

Users switching over to Android 10 can expect quite a few significant changes including a gesture function, allowing users to go back by swiping inward from the left or right-hand side of the device. Another feature we like the sound of is ‘focus mode’, which allows users to disable specific apps in order to improve their concentration.

Another significant improvement is the introduction of an in-built dark theme. Some third-party companies like Huawei have already introduced dark modes for their respective devices but this is the very first time Android will have a native dark theme. This introduction should not only help user’s tired screen-eyes but should also help to extend battery life too.

Aside from the above, there are plenty of other features to get excited about. If you want to know more about what you can expect from Android 10, check out our dedicated Android 10 page.

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