Samsung One UI is the company's custom flavor of Android, with a different design and added features compared to regular stock Android. Samsung introduced it last year as the company's version of Android 9 Pie, and now that Android 10 has arrived, One UI 2.0 is rolling out to a lot of Samsung phones.
One UI 2.0 isn't the massive design overhaul that the original One UI was, but it does manage to add a few new features — some based on stock Android 10 functionality, and some entirely new options. These are the best features in Samsung One UI 2.0. Read More
We're reaching the part of the Android update cycle where new phones are receiving the OS upgrade on a regular basis. Samsung is in the process of rolling out Android 10 to its 2019 flagships, while Sony and Motorola are starting to upgrade their devices. The latest device to get the big Android 10 update is LG's G7 One. Read More
Adoption rates for new versions of Android have increased over the past couple of cycles and it helps that OEMs are showing up early with Android 10 beta programs earlier than ever before. Motorola, though, has generally been on and off the ball with how it updates its devices — nevermind which devices get updated — but it may still come as a surprise that one of its first phones now testing Android 10 is the Motorola One Power. Read More
If your Android phone is lost or stolen, the platform's built-in Find My Device functionality can help track down, lock, or remotely wipe it, though a change in Android 10 has led to some confusion among our readers. Find My Device has a setting in "Device admin apps," which grants it extra privileges it claims are required to remotely wipe and lock devices, and it appears to be disabled by default on many Android 10 devices, including the Pixel 4. Don't worry, though, you don't need to turn it back on. It turns out, Find My Device doesn't need it to work on Android 10. Read More
It looks like Samsung is firing on all cylinders when it comes to updating its recent devices to Android 10. After pumping out seven Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta updates for the Galaxy S10 series within a time span of six weeks, Samsung has now rolled out Android 10 beta for the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9 users in South Korea and India. Besides getting Android 10, Samsung's older flagships also received an early Christmas present from the company: Night mode photography that works on more than just the primary camera. Read More
The Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ don’t share their luck with the Galaxy S10 series that recently got its OS bumped to stable Android 10. Samsung’s newest flagship series is nearly midway through its beta cycle and just got its fourth One UI 2.0 beta build. The new incremental update weighing around 550MB squashes a long list of pestering bugs. Read More
Speaking to The Verge about the Pixel's first Feature Drop update, VP of Product for Pixel Sabrina Ellis claims that one of the features of that update—improved memory management—will eventually come to other Android smartphones. This implicitly confirms that the feature is not a Pixel-specific optimization, but rather a change in the Android platform itself.
The insight here, though, is that this means many Android phones may not take advantage of these changes to the way Android handles RAM for quite some time. That's because Google is likely introducing this change as part of a larger, platform-level update in the Pixel's quarterly Feature Drop, changes many phonemakers may not choose to integrate until Android 11. Read More
When Android 10's beta rolled out, one issue confused and annoyed me: Opening supported links in their corresponding apps was transformed into a terrible workflow that made little sense to me. But I got used to it and didn't complain about it, until Artem started using his Pixel 4 and noticed the same problem. As he usually does, he vented about it on Twitter, inciting similar complaints from dozens of users and a comment from Googler Glen Murphy who confirmed that the issue was being looked into. Read More
Android TV releases have always lagged behind the smartphone OS, but usually only by a month or two. Android 9 Pie took a while to arrive on Android TV devices, and Google promised in September that Android TV 10 would be ready by the end of 2019. True to its word, the company is now giving version 10 its seal of approval and shipping it out to OEMs. Read More