Google Play is now requiring all app updates to target Android 10 and higher versions, unlike on Aug. 3, when the apps were only required to at least focus on Android 10.
The new decision is quite similar to what it previously did at the end of 2019. Google Play has required Android app developers to focus on newer API levels since 2017.
Android 10's distribution has improved steadily ever since it became stable in September 2019. In just five months post-launch, the operating system was able to run on 100 million devices.
According to XDA Developers' latest report, Android 10 was running on 8.2% of all Google-certified devices as of April 2020. This figure certainly has gone up in the last few months since the search engine giant now has requirements on the OS version that new gadgets can launch with.
Benefits of Android 10
On the Developer's blog, it was explained that users could take advantage of the latest software and hardware innovations, thanks to Android 10. One of the best benefits that Android 10 can provide is 5G networks.
The new system currently adds platform support for 5G and extends existing APIs. This will help users to take advantage of the latest updates. People can use APIs to check whether the connection is metered or if their devices have high bandwidth connections.
Android 10's Smart Reply notifications
Android 10 also suggests contextual actions in notifications using on-device ML. These notifications include smart replies for messages or opening a map for an address in the notif.
System-provided actions and smart replies are integrated directly into notifications by default. Android 10 also allows you to supply your own actions and replies if you want. All you need to do is opt-out of Smart reply on a per-notification basis using setAllowSystemGeneratedContextualActions() and setAllowGeneratedReplies().
With Android 10, you can also take advantage of OS's Dark Theme, Gesture Navigation, Sharing Shortcuts, and more. It also allows you to have more control over location data and provides additional protection for loc data in network scans.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.