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Google Android 10 Q Review

Samsung spent a lot of time touting its relationship with Microsoft, but Nadella didn say much of substance. We did hear about new partnerships enabling Samsung Note/Microsoft Word integration, Windows 10 notifications on your phone, and OneDrive photo/video syncs. But Samsung is far more dependent on Google than on Microsoft.

In Android 10, codenamed Q, Google puts its focus squarely on privacy and security, with a few other new features like a stylish Dark Theme. Privacy is a tall order for Google, given how the company makes money, and Android doesn’t reinvent itself as a privacy first OS with the release of Android 10. It’s more a privacy revision than a revolution, but that’s still an improvement.

Android 10 is available, but rolling out slowly and only to certain devices. Eventually, you’ll receive a software update on your phone. That is, if your device is supported at all.

Google always rolls out Android updates for its Pixel devices first. After that, it’s largely cover iphone xr moschino up to your phone’s manufacturer, and possibly your wireless carrier, to decide when or if you’ll custodia cover huawei y7 2019 receive Android Q. Devices in the AndroidOne program, like the Nokia cover samsung s8 plus disney 6.1, are guaranteed two years of updates.

Google has worked to close the gap on which devices receive updates, but the enormous number custodia cover huawei mate 20 lite of different devices and manufacturers make it a daunting task. The resulting Android fragmentation means that only 38 percent of Android devices are running Android 9 Pie, with 31.9 percent running 8.0 and 8.1 and more than 40 percent running android 7.0 and 7.1.

This plethora of versions is daunting for customers. If you’re not careful, you could buy a brand new phone that ends up running a much older operating system.

If your samsung a70 hoesje handset is supported, it’s fairly simple to download and install Android 10.

Security and Privacy Are the Future

When reviewing iOS and Android, I find it useful to make comparisons between the two. Not because one is better than the other, (I’ve transcended that argument, get on custodia cover samsung s7 edge my level) but rather to see how two well financed tech titans tackle the same problems. This is especially true for Android 10 and iOS 13, both of which tout dark modes and privacy improvements as their flagship features.

The fundamentals of Android are still here in Android 10. The apps live in a hidden drawer, and you’re free to use your home screen as you see fit, in contrast to Apple’s rigid grid design. Android continues to offer enormous flexibility, sometimes at the cost of consistency. Apple, meanwhile, is cover iphone 6s legami dogmatically consistent, but occasionally loses clarity in the process. A great example is how each OS lets you connect to Wi le mie cover per iphone 6 ilamakeup02 Fi networks. There are several different ways to connect to a Wi Fi network with Android and really only one way on iOS, but Apple expects you to drill through multiple menus while Google puts a shortcut right in the notification tray.

In most ways, the choice cover che ricarica iphone 6 between iOS and Android is mostly down to aesthetics or some other personal cover iphone 7 pizzo choice. You might choose iOS because of its high polish excellence it is undeniably excellent you might choose Android because you loathe the app grid on iPhones. In their most recent releases, both Apple and Google tackle the issues of privacy, and here they also diverge.

Apple is unequivocal in its stance. It doesn’t track you. It doesn’t share your data (well, except with Goldman Sachs if you have an Apple Card). Since Apple relies on high end hardware to pay the bills, and not cashing in on the data monetization bonanza that has defined the last decade, it doesn’t have to answer to advertisers. At least, that’s the claim. Apple also runs an enormous app store, populated by software that relies on things like ad networks to make money. You can also argue that turning security and privacy into an expensive cover iphone 6 sfiziose commodity, instead of a right, isn’t fantastic either.

Google, on the other hand, has built itself around customizing experiences based on the data it has gathered. The restaurants it recommends in Maps and the ads you see across the web are, in large part, built from the information it has gathered by keeping tabs on you. Google has maintained that this makes its products better and more meaningful. A targeted ad, the logic says, custodia iphone 6 minions is less annoying than a random ad. This means, however, that Google can’t fully embrace privacy the way Apple does because much of what Google does for you requires at least some data from you.

Android is an excellent operating system. While it’s never quite as slick as iOS, it has retained a utilitarian simplicity that Apple seems to have lost (looking at you, Apple’s horrible fake lock screen notification thingy). Android 10 also has more privacy features than I can ever recall seeing in an Android release. But by making the conversation about privacy, Google has set itself up to fail because it can only offer half measures where Apple offers total assurance.

How Google Will Protect You

When introducing Android 10, Google said that the new OS includes over 50 privacy and security updates. Some, like turning Android devices into hardware authenticators and continued protection against malicious apps is happening across most Android devices, not just Android 10, but are improving security overall. I’ve written about these in depth elsewhere, and will run through the highlights of Android 10’s security and privacy features here.

Google Android Q PreviewThe most visible privacy improvement is the new Privacy settings menu. Most of the options here have been around for a while in one form or another, but some have le migliori cover per iphone 7 been refreshed and the reorganization makes me hopeful that more people will miniinthebox custodia cover huawei mate 10 lite cover iphone 5s actually look at them.

There are several interesting options to explore. The topmost one, Permissions Manager, is the best way I’ve seen to break down which apps can access what on your device. It’s very useful. One major disappointment is that Google appears to have removed the option to “hide sensitive content” on your lock screen notifications, replacing this middle road option with a binary all or nothing. This is probably better for privacy decides what is “sensitive,” after all sometimes a less than perfect option is good enough.

Unfortunately, Google buries the really fun stuff in the Advanced section. Google Location History lets you prevent or allow Google to record where you go. The Activity Controls covers your, well, activity on the web or in apps. You can toggle this off, and if you cover samsung s4 tap through to your account screen on the web you can opt to have your activity information automatically deleted every 18 months, three months, or when you delete it manually.

One more section of the Privacy settings is worth a look: Ads. Here you see a toggle that lets you opt out of ad personalization. This will, in theory, greatly limit what information apps can get about you, in order to personalize the ads you see. You can also reset your advertising ID, which Google is also requiring app developers to use instead of other, more permanent identifiers like IMEI and MAC addresses. Note that these settings won’t prevent you from seeing ads, it will just make it harder for app developers’ to compile information about what you do on your phone. There are, of course, many other ways for companies to monetize you.

Google Android Q PreviewUsers will also see a new option cover iphone 5c pizza when an app asks for permission to access your location. Instead of a binary yes or no, you can also choose to only allow the app to access your location when the app is in use. That’s great, since some apps can be quite aggressive with tracking your location, even when you haven’t opened the app. That’s bad for privacy, but it’s also bad for your battery.

Apple also introduced a third option for location permissions in iOS 13. Instead of only allowing location access when the app is in use, as Android does, iOS 13 will re prompt you to give permission each time you open the app. This is convenient for an app you don’t plan on using again one you download for an event I found it to be annoying in practice. Google’s approach isn’t as good for privacy, but it’s far less likely to annoy someone into granting more permissions than they might be comfortable with. Apple does go further, however, by providing reports of information usage on the apps you have granted access to your location. Android 10 counters with a new Settings menu specifically to control access to location information, as well as background Wi Fi and Bluetooth scanning that can be used to approximate your location.

Perhaps the biggest and best improvements to security in Android 10 aren’t visible to the user. Google has compartmentalized the OS in such a way that it can apply security updates over the air, silently, and to more devices. Called Project Mainline, this tackles a problem that has dogged Android for years: that security updates are unevenly applied and not always available depending on your device. This new approach means more people will be running the latest safest Interestingly, Google is using the same mechanism it uses for updating apps to cover apple iphone 5 ebay push these updates as well.

Other invisible changes include Android 10 randomizing MAC addresses, making it harder for apps and observers to track you. Google also says that all devices launching with Android 10 will be encrypting all user data, even if the phone only has modest processing power or lacks dedicated crypto hardware.

One place you won’t see encryption is in the Messages app. Google is pushing hard for the RCS messaging standard, which allows for a rich experience, more akin to Apple’s Messages app. It’s an opportunity for Google to clean up its messaging mess; but Apple’s Messages app is encrypted end to end, cover samsung j3 leone and RCS is not. Personally, I use the encrypted Signal app on my Android phone.

OK, Google: Show Me Machine Learning

Machine Learning, particularly in the form of the Google Assistant, has become an increasingly prominent part of the Android experience over the last few years. A new emphasis from Google in Android 10 is machine learning that’s performed on the device, without having to send your data back to Google’s cloud. If that sounds familiar, that’s because custodia iphone 5 compatibile 5s it’s a talking point Apple has used for years. Google maintains that doing more on the phone itself leads to better, faster results, and keeps more of your data on your device.

At Google I/O, the company showed off captions being added to a video in real time, while the device was in airplane mode, no less. Google says that this, and other offline commands opening apps and turning the flashlight on custodia iphone 4 da cintura and off coming soon, but I wasn’t able to get them to work…

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