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Google starts rolling out Android 10

Google today pushed the latest source code for Android 10, formerly Android Q and the successor to Android 9.0 Pie, to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Google also started rolling out the latest version of its mobile operating system today as an over-the-air update to Pixel phones.

Google began testing Android 10 (AKA Android Q) earlier this year with an open beta for Pixel devices, and a few OEMs like OnePlus and Huawei followed with their own test builds. Google has made some adjustments over the months, but there are no major surprises in this release.

Android 10 brings a new gesture navigation system to Android — yes, Google released a “new” gesture navigation system last year, too. The two-button gesture setup from Android Pie didn’t earn many fans, so Google has reworked it in Android 10 to function more like the iPhone. You can swipe up to go home, left and right to change apps, and the back gesture is swiping in from the left or right edge of the screen. Developers will need to update apps to adjust for that gesture, so we could be looking at a rocky few months for apps with a lot of swipe gestures. Thankfully, Google will keep the traditional three-button nav setup around for accessibility reasons.

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