Google rolls out Android 10 for Pixel phones

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OS available for other devices later this year

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(CNN) – Google has officially released Android 10, its new mobile operating system with several new features, including dark mode and gesture navigation.

The new tools, which were teased in May at its annual developer conference Google I/O, are now available for download on Google Pixel phones. The company said it will roll out to other devices later “this year.”

Perhaps the most highly anticipated new feature for the world’s most popular smartphone operating system is gesture navigation that lets users seamlessly swipe between apps and the home screen. Similar to the iPhone X, users of Android 10 can swipe up to return home. Google also replaced the bottom bar with left or right arrows with the ability to swipe between apps.

Android 10 also has a new dark theme, which reverts the screen to “true black” that promises to help prolong battery life and be more appealing to the eyes. It also comes with new designs for 65 emoji, including gender-inclusive designs. Previously, thepolice officer emoji was displayed as male and the “person getting haircut” was a female. The new default options for those emoji, and others, will have a gender-ambigious design.

Other features include Focus Mode, which disables apps from annoying users when they want to concentrate, and Live Caption, which automatically captions video and podcasts. Both of these tools are currently in beta.

In addition, Android 10 has beefed up privacy tools for users — some of which mimics existing Apple’s iOS features. For example, Google will now let users share location information with apps only when they’re using it and anew privacy control tab centralizes all privacy controls.

The company is also making it easier and faster to get system updates and security and privacy fixes by sending them directly to user phones via the Google Play store, similar to how users receive other app updates.

Android 10 is the first operating system not to use a dessert-themed name. Previous Android iterations featured names such as Honeycomb, Eclair and Oreo. Google explained last month that some desserts aren’t inclusive of its international community. In many languages, the names translate to words with different letters that don’t fit with its alphabetical order sequence.

– CNN Business’ Shannon Liao contributed to this report

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