Android 10 released on September 3 for Pixel devices (Image: Getty / Google)

Android 10 released on September 3 for Pixel devices and the Essential Phone. Unlike operating system updates from Apple, new Android versions never arrive on all devices at the same time. With that said, third-party vendors such as OnePlus, Huawei and Samsung have worked tirelessly to bring Google’s latest and greatest to their products as quickly as possible. Of course, most third-party manufacturers like to put their own skin on top of Google’s operating system to give it a distinct look and feel. But for the most part, all Android features are similar amongst devices.

All Android handsets that have been granted Android 10 so far have been treated to a swathe of new features from Google. Of course, everyone already knows about the big additions like the feverishly anticipated dark mode, new gestures and Smart Reply in notifications. But here is Express.co.uk’s collated list of the best features you probably didn’t know about.

Better music notifications

Android 10’s biggest change to notifications comes with something Google’s calling Smart Reply that places contextual prompts within alerts. In a nutshell, that means if you get sent an address a button will appear within the notification allowing you to quickly view its location in Google Maps.

However, there are also a bunch of more subtle tweaks to notifications that are worth shouting about. The most notable is certainly the ability to seek music within your notification tray.

When streaming music on platforms like Spotify, you’ll see an indicator below the play, pause and track skipping buttons that’ll show your progress through a song. This isn’t just for show – you can actually use it to skip forward or rewind a track. Handy right?

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Android 10 lets you scrub through audio within notifications (Image: Express Newspapers)

Silent notifications

Silent notifications were introduced with Android 9’s Digital Wellbeing functionality, but Android 10 makes them even easier to enable.

To silence a notification in Android 10, all you need to do is hold down on any alert you’ve received and you’ll be greeted with a list of options. The operating system will give you the ability to silence the notification or turn off alerts entirely.

Silencing a prompt means it’ll still appear in your notification tray, but it won’t vibrate your phone or make a noise. The feature is great for alerts that aren’t pressing, but that you’ll want to get round to addressing eventually.

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Silencing a notification in Android 10 is incredibly simple (Image: Express Newspapers)

Battery status

Android already displays a phone’s battery percentage and gives in-depth usage information in the Settings app. But Android 10 gives users a quick glace at how long their device will actually last on its current charge.

Swiping down on the notification tray will provide an indicator next to the battery symbol at the top of the display that will give an estimate of when the device will run out of juice based on current usage. Express.co.uk has found this feature to be pretty accurate in our testing.

Battery saver

Android 10 doesn’t just let you know when your battery will run out of charge at a glance, it can also help you preserve juice for longer.

Heading to your device’s battery saver setting and heading to the “schedule” tab will reveal a new option called “based on your routine”. Essentially, this will automatically switch on battery saver mode if your device doesn’t think it will last until you normally put it on charge at night.

Reduce animations for faster-feeling performance

Okay, this isn’t a new Android feature by any means, but it’s still one you probably didn’t know about and is definitely worth testing. Your phone has a hidden menu that’ll let you reduce animations on your device, making it feel noticeably faster.

To reduce animations, you’ll need to enable developer options on your smartphone first of all – these settings are unlocked by tapping on your phone’s build number multiple times.

Finding your phone’s build number is simple. Head to Settings > About phone then scroll right to the bottom and tap on the duly titled “build number” tab.

Once developer settings are unlocked, head into the secret menu and scroll just over half way down the page where toggles related to animations are available.

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Reducing your phone’s animations will make it feel noticeably faster (Image: Express Newspapers)

You should see three options that will need to be changed to give your phone a speed boost. They are listed as:

• Window animation scale

• Transition animation scale

• Animator duration scale

Unless you have tweaked them beforehand, each should be set to 1x. However, changing each to 0.5x should make your device feel dramatically faster.



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