Earlier this month, Google revealed its updated design language for the Android logo ahead of the Android 10 release. In addition to elevating the bugdroid (or at least its head) to the logo itself, new typography for the "android" text was also shown off. As part of today's big push to update the various Android sites, the logos for Android TV, Android Auto, and Android One have all been updated to match those previous changes. Read More
The wait is over. Android 10 lands today — at least, for Google's Pixels.
An update delivering Google's latest flavor of Android will be rolling out the company's own hardware soon, giving them piles of new software features including a system-wide dark theme, redesigned gesture navigations, improved notification controls, and privacy enhancements, all among plenty of other changes. Read More
After the possible filings of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL showed up at the FCC today, another piece of important news has popped up. Google has redesigned the official android.com site for Android 10. Read More
It's been a long road, getting from there to here. After six public betas and months of back-and-forth development, Android 10 (no dessert name!) is expected to be released any day now. According to a support page from Rogers, a Canadian cell carrier, the big day could be September 3rd. Read More
Android 10 isn't just the first Android iteration to bear a two-digit version number, it's also the first (since 1.0 and 1.1) that doesn't come with an official dessert name attached to it. With the upcoming OS, Google has decided to only rely on numbers to reduce potential confusion due to users with different cultural backgrounds all around the world. That doesn't mean the company doesn't have a sweet name up its sleeve, though. During an All About Android podcast, two Googlers revealed that they would've called Android 10 Queen Cake externally and are calling it Quince Tart internally – with the former already leaked to the public before. Read More
Samsung's TouchWiz Android skin suffered years of mockery but the introduction of One UI heralded a new, more mature era for the company's software design. Thanks to a video by Brazilian YouTuber Dudu Rocha (via XDA Developers), we may be getting our first look at One UI 2.0 on top of Android 10. Read More
After a sit-down with members of Android's brand design team in the company's new Mountain View office last month, the headline of this post was essentially what I came away with. Android's visual branding is changing as part of the release of Android 10, but that's in and of itself only a tiny part of Android, and it's really not changing a lot.
What I can tell you is it's a lot easier to give you some visuals, then explain what exactly is happening, so let's start with the pictures. Read More
The last dessert to grace the name of a version of Google's Android operating system will officially be pie. At a meeting in the Android team's new office in Mountain View last month, we sat down with some of the Googlers responsible for handling Android's biggest rebrand since, well, Android.
Desserts have been a part of Android from (almost) the beginning. Android 1.0, a version of the software nobody ever really used, was internally known as Astroid, but every release that followed carried a desert. In total, Android had 14 (official) dessert-themed releases: Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0-1), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0-2), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), Jelly Bean (4.1-3), KitKat (4.4), Lollipop (5.0-1), Marshmallow (6.0), Nougat (7.0-1), Oreo (8.0-1), to today's Android 9 Pie. Read More
After a bit of hand-wringing (sorry about that) Android Q is finally, actually here. This latest version may still lack a formal, dessert-themed name, but it's now available for all Pixel phones — including the nearly three-year-old 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL. Both factory images and sideloadable OTAs are live. Read More
Android Q news is starting to arrive bit by bit, largely due to an early AOSP build that's been doing the rounds. Probably the most welcome enhancement — other than the much-anticipated system-wide dark mode — is an overhaul to the privacy and permissions settings.
Thanks to our friends at XDA Developers, we now know a little bit more about what to expect. Read More